Adam has been a key member of the Colour team for over 10
years. His highly technical and production role ensures projects are
delivered smoothly, to the highest standards and leading to promotion
to an Associate Landscape Technologist role.
Having originally qualified with a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Art and Design (three dimensional studies) and a BA (Hons) in Three-Dimensional Design University from Northumbria University, Adam went on to further study gaining an EDEXCEL Post Diploma qualification in 2D and 3D AutoCAD construction before moving into Landscape Architecture. Developing knowledge in BIM implementation and management he combines Landscape Architecture with the collaborative world of BIM construction. He recently successfully gained his TMLI (Technical Membership) from the Landscape Institute as part of the first cohort.
Adam has developed problem solving solutions for many of Colour’s most high-profile projects including detailed designs for the restoration of the Grade II Kirkleatham walled garden in Redcar, a primary school for the University of Cambridge which involved full modelling of the site in Revit as well as model co-ordination with Marks Barfield Architects and engineers’ drainage design. Other projects have included the multiple award-winning Tombola Headquarters in Sunderland, Strawberry Place student residential development in Newcastle, Durhamgate green spine in Spennymoor, a major sport complex and the Kaaki Resort in Saudi Arabia - design of the public realm and landscape for the largest single hotel complex in the world (800,000m2) designed to house 40,000 guests at one time. For this Adam led the modelling of the site and landscape using Revit including full coordination with the lead architects.
His quick thinking, design and technical capabilities were further demonstrated when the Colour team entered and were overall winners for both the 'Build Sydney Live 2013’ and ‘Build Newcastle Live 2015’-48-hour collaborative BIM competitions. Colour led a full team of architects, engineers, visualization, computer programmers, along with Teesside university academics. Adam carried out full modelling and co-ordination of the landscape and site works. Adam’s finely honed technical ability and modelling skills enable clients to fully understand design proposals from an early stage. He is a team player, always approaching a technical challenge calmly with in depth knowledge that supports all design teams in the many aspects of design and production required for all stages of projects.
Adam makes the most of his spare time and usually can be found walking his dogs, listening to music, tinkering on with cars or making furniture.
Brian is a highly motivated Senior CAD/BIM technologist and a key member
of the technical team at Colour. Having qualified as an
architectural technologist from Northumbria University in 2012, he has over 10
years’ experience within the industry of which the last 5 have been
with Colour. Having originally joined as a CAD/BIM
technologist, Brian was recently promoted to a senior role within the studio.
Brian plays a crucial role in project managing the technical efficiency of Colour projects. He is a key member of project team involved in a multiple of ways from translating general arrangement drawings into AutoCAD and Revit, technical drawing production through to client visualisations. With a strong technical knowledge and talent for complex technical detailing, Brian’s work is always to the highest standard, showing full commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism to any task he undertakes.
Key projects Brian has been directly involved in at Colour have included the highly complex multilevel multi-use waterfront development of Milburngate in Durham which has been modelled and designed in a full BIM environment; the development of a new Specialist Block at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle and the multiphase mental health estate improvements at the Northgate Hospital in Morpeth, Northumberland. Current projects include the high-quality residential accommodation on Pottery Lane in Newcastle and development of high profile The Park Lane Mews Hotel in Mayfair, where achieving an Urban Greening Factor has been a critical aspect as part of London's response to the heat island effect and biodiversity challenges.
Brian has excellent interpersonal, organisational, and time-management skills and is a popular team member. Always keen to learn new skills, he is Certified by Autodesk as a Professional in Revit Architecture and was one of the first technician members of the Landscape Institute (TMLI). Prior to his current role Brian worked in the south west of England for 5 years within architecture, surveying and structural engineering practices and has an unusually wide and insightful knowledge of the design and construction industry as a whole.
When not in the studio Brian can usually be found spending lots of time with his young family or out running as he is currently training for an ultra-marathon.
Carwyn is a highly creative
Senior Landscape Architect with over 14 years landscape architecture
experience, of which9years, have been with Colour. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with
a BA (Hons) in Landscape Architecture (2008) and a BLA in
Landscape Architecture (2009).
Carwyn’s ‘can do’ and amicable nature has ensured that he works well with clients, local authorities, communities and stakeholders to develop creative, energising design solutions with a strong foundation in identity, history, activity, engagement and understanding of scheme requirements. His 'whole site’ approach to problem solving evolves through his understanding of how the balance between architecture, external environments and adjacencies inform and complement each other. He brings creativity and technical pragmatism ensuring that all possible project opportunities are exploited by design solutions. He believes firmly in working closely with stakeholders from an early stage to capture aspirations in tandem with industry suppliers to ensure that cost effective design solutions can be realised. He has worked across many sectors including major regeneration projects, public realm, residential, leisure destinations, public parks as well as historic projects.
Recent work includes key active placemaking projects including a pop-up park-Grey Street Gathering, Newcastle, an active design masterplan within the historic Miners Welfare Park, Bedworth and a competition-winning public realm led regeneration scheme for St Albans Council. Carwyn is passionate about his current development of the Gateshead Riverside Park - a destination city centre masterplan that he conceived closely with Gateshead Council. The park is envisaged to be a place that is economically and environmentally sustainable that will both benefit people and wildlife, intended to break down social barriers, opening up to children, adults and the elderly. It will provide economic and educational opportunities but most of all it will ‘make things better’.
Carwyn aims to make nature accessible, usable and function also as to reconnect people with the outdoors.
Outside of work you can find Carwyn studying economics, learning new languages while he’s on his international travels and rock climbing.
Chris studied Plant Science at Manchester University before receiving a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, and became a Chartered Landscape Architect in 2003. He has over 20 years’ experience, working for a number of design-led landscape practices in mainland Europe, London, the south coast and northern England.
residential developments and Paragraph 79 houses throughout the UK.
Career highlights include working on the Mercedes McLaren Headquarters in Woking, Amanzoe Hotel in Porto Heli, Ellinikon Experience Park in Athens, and LIFT Health Centres in London. The breadth and depth of Chris' experience, which also includes LVIA, is brought to bear on every new project.
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. Emma has over 20 years professional experience as a landscape architect and project manager in the North East. At Colour, Emma’s role as Studio Director incorporates working closely with clients, managing project delivery, overseeing project teams and resourcing. She is also responsible for leading and maintaining quality standards and the development of 'in house' systems 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 has had a broad experience inmany diverse sectorsranging from Heritage Lottery funded restoration projects, healthcare campus masterplan collaborations to town centre urban regeneration. Notable projects whilst at Colour have included delivery of landscape works at Milburngate, Durham, the re-invigoration and restoration of Kirkleatham Walled Garden in Redcar, support to various health trusts in the north east in the provision of healing environments that can support positive recovery outcomes and the delivery of 13nr play schemes across Sunderland as part of the Pathfinder Play programme.
Outside of work Emma is a guest lecturer at Newcastle University and is kept busy by adventures with her young family.
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.
Thomas is a highly creative and technically expert Landscape Architect with a broad spectrum of knowledge and capabilities
acquired through 15 years of professional practice; the last six being part of
the design team at Colour in London and Newcastle.
Thomas’s highly competent design and technical skills have been enhanced from his background training as a construction draftsperson as well as two years working within an architectural practice. Building upon this, he gained a fully rounded knowledge of landscape design having completed a ‘Masters of Engineering in Landscape Architecture’ majoring in open space planning in Germany (2007). This was complimented with working for several major Landscape Architects including MSP as well as the National Parks Board, Singapore. He has a particular interest in environmental panning, urban planning and open-space. He is well versed in all aspects of design and project management through his involvement in major projects across many sectors including university, hospitality, sports & leisure, residential and commercial developments in the UK and internationally.
Thomas developed the technical design, working closely the contractor to successfully deliver the Sport England acclaimed Claudia Parsons student Village at Loughborough University. In addition he is currently developing an active campus with the University of East London and has been directly involved with the award-winning ‘Creative Centre’ at York St John University, high profile car showrooms in Kuwait, a leisure and cultural centre in the historic Rothamsted Park, Harpenden; an outdoor & activities centre in the London Borough of Hillingdon, Chiltern Lifestyle Centre, Amersham, a Panoramic Park at Chapelgarth in Sunderland and notably the historic ‘Fellows’ Garden’ at Durham Castle World Heritage Site.
Thomas’s main focus is ensuring that nature and ecology feature centrally to all his projects; always striving to create an innovative and exciting places that balance with environmentally sustainable solutions.
Thomas is a keen photographer, expert baker, hiker and explorer of the World having trekked to Everest Base Camp before lockdown hit.