Approach

 

The Landscape Studio’s design approach is based on the Sustainable Sites Initiative, the purpose of which is to develop guidelines and standards for landscape sustainability. This approach has five corner stones: hydrology, soils, vegetation, materials and human well-being. By addressing each of these elements in the design process the ability for landscapes to provide services such as climate regulation, clean air and water and improved quality of life is made possible. For each of these elements safety and sustainability is worked into the solution for the specific site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overview of Services

 

The Landscape Studio is a well-established, dynamic landscape architectural consulting practice that renders any of the following services:

·                     Designing landscapes of any scale, for all types of developments i.e. residential, commercial, institutional, pubic open space etc.

·                     Landscape architectural input into Green Building projects.

·                     Preparation of plans, landscape cost estimates, construction details, specifications and tender documents relating to the Landscape Architectural services.

·                     Preparation of planting plans and assisting with the procuring of indigenous plant material if it will benefit the project.

·                     Overseeing the installation of projects including general contract management.

·                     Preparation of Landscape Development Plans (LDP) for submission to the relevant authorities including tree identification etc..

·                     Master planning for large scale developments, establishment of landscape architectural guidelines for estate type developments, greening projects and open space planning.

·                     Establishing landscape maintenance specifications for developments and undertaking the maintenance audits at agreed intervals.

·                     Participating in Urban Regeneration Projects.

·                     Facilitation of the inclusion of art works into the landscape.

·                     Creation and management of specialist interdisciplinary project teams to meet project specific requirements.

·                     Undertaking specialist services such as Botanical Surveys/Assessments and preparing Environmental Management Plans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Current Projects

 

Department of Rural Development & Land Reform

 

LDP

 

Designing of the hard and soft landscaping aspects related to new government building in Pretoria with special focus on the unique historical as well as environmental aspects associated with the site as it is being developed on the old sports ground which is adjacent to the Apies River.

On commencement of the project, irrigation designs will be obtained, and integrated into the scheme in line with the Green Star requirements.

We prepared all landscape related drawings for Council and heritage approval where necessary.

 

Landscape Design

 

 

Green Building

 

 

Heritage

 

Wits Education and Business Management Campuses Parking Areas

 

Planting Design

 

Design of the soft landscaping associated with various parking areas, procurement of landscape contractor services and overseeing the landscape installation.

 

Procurement

 

 

Supervision

 

Landscape Construction and Maintenance Standards Document:

 

Specialist Services

 

Appointed as a specialist consultant to assist SALI with the preparation of documents setting out standards for the construction and maintenance of landscapes.

 

 

 

Completed Projects

 

Airports Company South Africa

 

Planting Design

 

Specialist appointment to undertake the planting design for this new head office building situated near the OR Thambo International Airport.

As no landscape architect was appointed as part of the consultants team, we assisted the appointed landscape contractor in putting together the information required for the Green Building component of this project.

 

Green Building

 

ACSA Planting Design

Orange Grove Social Housing Development

 

Specialist Service

 

Appointed to prepare the Landscape Development Plans (LDP), in line with City of Johannesburg requirements, for various properties that are to be consolidated and developed into social housing.

As part of this LDP process, a survey of all the trees was also undertaken

 

LDP

 

Kloofendal Nature Reserve

 

Landscape Master Plan

 

Appointed as part of the team to develop the Landscape Master Plan for City Parks (Johannesburg) of this unique park situated within the Gauteng ridges. This included being part of the public participation process.

Wits Library Lawns

 

Heritage

 

Landscape architectural inputs as part of the team for this historically important space on the Wits Braamfontein Campus.

The scope of services included an analysis of the space in terms of the historically significant features and universal access requirements.

A conceptual landscape proposal of interventions to address the opportunities and challenges that were identified was developed.

Wits Urban Design Framework and Landscape Policy

 

Specialist Services

 

Advising on the landscape architectural aspects as part of the development of the urban design and open space framework for Wits.

 

 

 

Church Square

 

Heritage

 

Part of the team that undertook the upgrade to Church Square after the introduction of the Tshwane Raid Transport System – A-Reyeng around it.  

Our scope of work focused on the the planting design which had to consider the significant historical site in Pretoria in relation to the pedestrian movement that had to be unrestricted through the space as well as maintenance matters associated with the space. Aspects of universal access were also considered.

Irrigation designs were obtained, and integrated into the scheme.

A component of this project involved dealing with universal access considerations.

We prepared all landscape related drawings for Council and heritage approval where necessary.

 

LDP

 

Planting Design

 

 

Supervision

 

Tshwane House

 

Green Building

 

Designing of the hard and soft landscaping aspects related to this prominent inner city building in Pretoria. These municipal offices have being constructed in line with a Green Star rating (design and construction).

An irrigation design was obtained, and integrated into the scheme in line with the Green Star requirements.

A component of this project involved dealing with universal access considerations.

We prepared all necessary drawings for Council approval.

 

Landscape Design

 

Tshwane House Landscape Concept

Paul Kruger Street

 

Heritage

 

Part of the team that undertook the beautification of Paul Kruger Street after the Tshwane Raid Transport system – a Reyeng, was constructed in this road.

The involvement focused on the assessment of the feasibility of relocating the Jacaranda trees that were in the way of the bus route, overseeing and overseeing the relocation process.

The planting design had to integrating appropriate planting areas within the road reserve and take cognizance of maintenance concerns.

We prepared all landscape related drawings for Council and heritage approval where necessary.

 

LDP

 

Planting Design

 

 

Supervision

 

Wits Specific Sites – all campuses

Barnato Hall

Chamber of Mines

Philip Tobias Building

Wartenweiler Library

John Moffat Building

Rembrand Hall

St Andrew’s Gateway

Braamfontein Campus Parking

Generator House

Campus Centre Extension

Business Management Campus Parking

Enoch Sontonga & Jan Smuts Pedestrian Entrances

 

 

 

 

Landscape Design

 

Design of the hard and soft landscaping component associated with various areas of campus associated mostly with the upgrading and or extension of existing buildings.

These projects included the paving and planting design, procurement of landscape contractor services and overseeing the landscape installation. Where appropriate, irrigation designs were obtained, and integrated into the scheme.

A component of most of these project involved dealing with universal access considerations.

 

Procurement

 

 

Supervision

 

Barnato Hall Planting Plan

Campus Key Developments

Port Elizabeth

Pretoria

Potchefstroom

Bloemfontein

 

Landscape Design

 

Designing of the hard and soft landscaping relating to student housing developments across various developments around the country.

Where appropriate, irrigation designs were obtained, and integrated into the scheme.

We prepared all necessary drawings for Council approval where it was necessary.

 

Procurement

 

 

Supervision

 

Various smaller projects

Gautrain Stations

(Centurion, Midrand & Pretoria)

Gautrain Linear Sections (DD6a&b)

Longmeadow Pick n Pay Distribution Centre

Fairway Lodge

 

Landscape Design

 

Designing and overseeing the implementation of the hard and soft landscaping relating to these developments.

Where appropriate, irrigation designs were obtained, and integrated into the scheme.

We prepared all necessary drawings for Council approval where it was necessary.

 

Procurement

 

 

Supervision

 

Entrance

Fairway Lodge

Wits Junction

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Heritage

 

Hard and Soft landscaping associated with the student accommodation development in Parktown North.

This site had historically significant features that had to be considered, incorporated and integrated into the scheme in an appropriate manner.

As this project was implemented in phased, the irrigation designs were obtained, and integrated into the scheme.

We prepared all landscape related drawings for heritage approval where it was necessary.

 

Landscape Design

 

 

Procurement

 

 

Supervision

 

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Wits Junction Concept Plan

Nedbank Sustainability Review

 

Specialist Services

 

Part of a panel of consultants that assessed a number of Nedbank properties from a sustainability perspective and made proposals as to how the buildings and outdoor spaces could be upgraded, operated and maintained more sustainably.

Wits Rural

 

Specialist Services

 

This Wits property is situated just before the Orpen gate of the Kruger National Park.

The existing base camp was being upgraded and our specialist services included the preparation of the Environmental Management Plan for the first phase of the development as well as planning the rehabilitation aspects associated with the integrating the new buildings into the receiving environment. In places appropriate landscaping was re-instated.

Science Stadium

 

Heritage

This project was undertaken in two phases and was focused around the re-development of the historical Skeen Stadium on the Wits West Campus in Braamfontein. Historical features had to be considered and integrated into the overall spatial considerations for the site.

Designing and overseeing the implementation of the hard and soft landscaping relating to these developments.

A component of this project involved dealing with universal access considerations.

Irrigation designs were obtained, and integrated into the scheme.

 

Landscape Design

 

 

Procurement

 

 

Supervision

 

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Science Stadium Landscape Concept Plan

 

Hugh Solomon Building

 

Heritage

This is a historical building is situated in Hillbrow Johannesburg. It had numerous internal courtyards and outdoor spaces that were in a state of disrepair.

This project focused on taking the historical aspects into consideration when upgrading the internal courtyards to be more user friendly.

Designing and overseeing the implementation of the hard and soft landscaping relating to this historical development.

 

 

Landscape Design

 

 

Procurement

 

 

Supervision

 

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Southern Courtyard after

Savernake

 

Heritage

 

This project, on the heritage property known as Savernake, in Parktown, Johannesburg, started with a botanical survey and identification of significant heritage elements on the site. The botanical survey formed part of the heritage impact assessment that was undertaken.

In line with the findings of the Botanical Survey, Heritage Impact Assessment and considering the uniqueness of the site, as it is situated on one of the Parktown ridges, a landscape master plan was developed according to which interventions were to be carried out over a number of years in phases.

The general scope of work included the hard and soft landscaping associated the property in terms of design, procurement and supervision. Irrigation issues were addressed for each phase.

Specialist services have also included undertaking landscape maintenance audits, identifying and overseeing the removal of alien species on the koppie and re-introducing endemic plants.

 

Landscape Master Plan

 

 

Landscape Design

 

 

Procurement

 

 

Supervision

 

 

Specialist Services

 

Specialist Planting Design

School of Public Health

The Ridge School

St Mary’s School

 

Specialist Services

 

As part of our business, we undertake specialist planting design for projects with specific needs.

The gardens designed to date have included a medicinal garden as well as numerous veldgrass gardens.

School of Public Health Medicinal Garden

St Mary’s Veldgrass garden

(photo courtesy of Life Landscapes)

 

 

 

 

People

 

Bernadette Eksteen (nee Vollmer)

BL (UP), Prof LArch, MSc Project Management (UP)

 

Bernadette Vollmer is a registered professional Landscape Architect (Registration Nr: 20110) with more than fifteen (15) years of experience in the field of landscape architectural consulting. She has a thorough working knowledge of a diversity of aspects relating to the profession.

 

Summary - Resumé of experience:

·       Landscape design including house gardens, corporate and estate developments, planning and design of urban parks.

·       Consulting and managing the landscape architectural input in Green Building projects.

·       Preparation of all the landscape construction documentation including: specifications, bills of quantities and tender documents leading up to and including the appointment of the landscape contractor.

·       Site supervision of the installation process of landscape projects.

·       Framework development for public open space systems, including facilitation of public participation processes.

·       Establishment of planting palettes and planting plans for projects including assisting with the plant procurement of indigenous planting material should it be necessary.

·       Rehabilitation design and specifications associated with storm-water infrastructure, roads, and projects in sensitive environments.

·       Implementation of large scale landscapes including project and contract management.

·       Excellent plant knowledge to undertake Botanical Surveys and Assessments of existing landscaped gardens for inclusion into Heritage Impact Assessments and Landscape Development Plans.

 

Qualifications:

2004            MSc Project Management (Construction Project Management at the University of Pretoria)

1998            BL at University of Pretoria

 

Affiliations:

·       South African Council for the Landscape Architectural Profession (SACLAP)

·       Institute for Landscape Architects of South Africa (National President (2005 – 2007))

·       Member of the Mountain Club of South Africa – Magaliesburg Section

·       Member of the Botanical Society of South Africa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daan Eksteen

NDip Land Tech  (Tech PTA)

 

Daan is a horticulturalist that has been working in the field of landscape architecture for more than twenty (20) years. Ten years of which have been at an award winning landscape architectural practice where his involvement included all technical aspects of project development and implementation.

 

Summary - Resumé of experience:

·       Project leader for numerous landscape projects of varying scale.

·       Implementation of urban renewal and community upliftment projects.

·       Landscape design for projects such as house gardens, corporate developments, and urban parks.

·       Compiling of Landscape Development Plans in line with the various municipal requriements.

·       Establishment of planting palettes and planting plans for projects. 

·       Preparation of all the construction documentation including: specifications, bills of quantities and tender documents leading up to and including the appointment of the landscape contractor.

·       Site supervision of the installation process of landscape projects.

·       Maintenance supervision and associated staff training.

 

Qualifications:

1995 – Diploma in Landscape Technology (Pretoria Technikon)

 

Affiliations:

·       Member of the Mountain Club of South Africa – Magaliesburg Section

·       Member of the Botanical Society of South Africa

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Details

Telephone: 011 789 6352

Website: www.landscapestudio.co.za

 

 

Bernadette Eksteen (nee Vollmer)

Cell: 082 567 7592

Email: Bernadette@landscapestudio.co.za