Simon Lawton



Prior to his post-graduate studies at the University of Sheffield, Simon studied and worked as a Product Designer for 11 years. This experience developed a broad range of analytical, conceptual and visualisation skills. The opportunity to design with the natural and built environment in order to deliver places for people, attracted Simon to Landscape Architecture. Since joining FPCR in 2012, he has worked on a range of projects of varying size and complexity, delivered across the full spectrum of RIBA work stages.

Simon particularly enjoys assessing the early stage feasibility of land for development and producing capacity plans and promotional materials. Drawing on his creative design background he can quickly explore development possibilities and communicate ideas clearly. He has led the design of sites throughout the Midlands and South East, ranging from 5 hectares up to 1100 hectares.

Simon has considerable experience of masterplanning and Landscape and Visual Assessment and has acted as lead Landscape Architect on mixed-use schemes in Huntingdonshire, North Warwickshire and West Sussex, each proposing between 1500 and 2500 new homes. At a smaller scale he has designed sensitive schemes in the context of AONBs, World Heritage Sites and has undertaken Green Belt reviews.

He authored the design code and provided detailed designs for 32 hectares of open space for a mixed use scheme in proximity of the Cotswolds AONB. For a scheme adjacent to the High Weald AONB he oversaw the detailed landscaping proposals for 15 hectares of public open space and the accompanying management plan.

Simon has experience of taking landscape schemes through tender and construction and has recently completed projects in Warwickshire, Bedfordshire and Leicestershire. He enjoys seeing design ideas become a tangible reality.