Case Studies

The Centre for Designed Ecology encourages curiosity about sites that incorporate, or are inspired by, the philosophies of Designed Ecology.

Many of these case studies were initiated by research outcomes leading to consultancies for our multidisciplinary network of collaborators.  Contact us for more details of consultancy opportunities.

Some examples presented here are The Barbican, London; Olympic Park, London; Enterprise Roundabout, Sheffield; Grey to Green, Sheffield;  The Garden of Pooled Talents, University of Sheffield.


The Barbican Centre, London

The imperatives for changes to the gardens at the Barbican Centre in London were to reduce water usage and to minimise maintenance inputs and costs. All of the existing ‘municipal’ style plantings of over-mature shrubs, trees and lawns were removed.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

In 2008, Professors James Hitchmough and Nigel Dunnett of the Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield were appointed as principal horticultural and planting design consultants for what is now known as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, working with LDA/Hargreaves.

Transformation of Roundabouts

Dramatic transformation of traffic roundabouts in seven UK cities improves motorists experience. In partnership with Pictorial Meadows and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Prof. Nigel Dunnett, Director of External Engagement and Impact, leads on a £130,000 project to revamp roundabouts in the busy areas of Glasgow, Sheffield, Leeds, Birmingham, Swindon, Liverpool and Woking.

The Garden of Pooled Talents

The University of Sheffield Masterplan realigns traffic flows around campus to facilitate ease of access and movement for pedestrians and bicycles. Running parallel to this strategy to reconcile people, places and traffic, is a vision to increase and improve greenspace on campus.

Sheffield Grey to Green

Transforming Sheffield’s Riverside Business District, this £3.6m scheme elevates 1.2 kilometres of redundant roads into functional, attractive new linear public spaces.

John Lewis Rain Garden

Common to urban landscapes is an increase in paved areas, often essential to facilitate access yet contributing to water run-off problems, urban heat island effects, and visual dullness. The John Lewis Rain Garden in Victoria Street, London, is an example of how to transform such a space.