Peter founded Colour in 2000 as a design studio intended to reshape the role of landscape architecture in the 21st Century. As a Chartered Landscape Architect and Urban Designer grounded by an environmental sciences first degree, with 30 years' experience of large budget schemes within multi-disciplinary teams across Britain and the world, Peter drives the creative, social, environmental and commercial design agenda of the practice.
Creating good places that can profoundly enhance people's lives, economics and the environment is the heart of this approach. The challenge is to express the joy, spirit and wonder of every unique location. To do this requires a clear rationale and effective design process to generate the vision, robust concepts and expert delivery. A key strength is the development and delivery of a vision through creative thinking and strategies based on thoroughly establishment of what makes a place unique and how design solutions can celebrate this to fulfil client objectives. To offer a rationally creative and specialist design service across Britain and internationally, Peter has shaped the Colour studios with an emphasis on experience, thoughtful design, energy and reliability. Informed in the dynamics of environmental solutions, Peter is passionate about the sensitive interface of ecology with development - restorative landscapes that enhance quality of life through connecting nature with people. He wrote a ground-breaking dissertation in 1995 on Zero Carbon Landscape Design. Peter is a thought leader in Active Design with a Sport England case study published on the concept, delivery and engagement process of Loughborough University's new active campus. In addition he helped Sport England with their Active Design guidance and presented at the 2018 Why Sports conference at the Royal Society for Medicine in London. Project highlights from first entering the profession include his first urban forest, specifying hundreds of Oak tree back in 1990, winning Newcastle's Lord Mayor's Award with 55 Degrees North , Colour's first public realm project, being part of the masterplan team for Whitewater at the London 2012 Olympics, authoring a series of papers including the landscape & public realm strategy for a 2022 global sports event in Qatar, the concept masterplan for a series of resorts on the Straits of Hormuz, Oman, and winning the Landscape Institute's 'Best Large Scale Development' with the £400m Royal Stoke University Hospital.
Studio Director Emma Fletcher has a broad operational role backed up by 20 years professional experience. She oversees the team, maintaining quality standards and development of 'in house' systems across the practice in tandem with working closely with clients, managing project delivery and resourcing across the practice.
Emma has particular interest in the application of robust urban design principles to inform landscape design development, using these to maximise site potential in terms of its functionality, features, user experience and commercial benefit. Benefiting from a first degree in the natural sciences, she is the planting design champion in the Newcastle studio, enriching the design process through planting design workshops that work towards the overall client brief, ecological, aesthetic and contextual brief.
Emma is expert in diverse sectors ranging from Heritage Lottery Funding Bids, healthcare campus masterplan collaborations and town centre urban regeneration. She is currently overseeing the delivery of landscape works at Milburngate, Durham and supporting the planning application for a Paragraph 79 house in North Yorkshire.