Landscape Architect's Pocket Book
Published April 11th 2013 by Routledge – 340 pages
An indispensable tool for all landscape architects, this time-saving guide answers the most frequently asked questions in one pocket-sized volume. It is a concise, easy-to-read reference that gives instant access to a wide range of information needed on a daily basis, both out on site and in the office.
Covering all the major topics, including hard landscaping, soft landscaping as well as planning and legislation, the pocket book also includes a handy glossary of important terms, useful calculations and helpful contacts. Not only an essential tool for everyday queries on British standards and procedures, this is a first point of reference for those seeking more extensive, supplementary sources of information, including websites and further publications.
This new edition incorporates updates and revisions from key planning and environmental legislation, guidelines and national standards.
Part 1: Hard Landscape. Natural stone. Metals. Stainless Steel. Timber. Exterior finishes to timber. Brick and brickwork construction. Concrete. Mortar. Damp proof courses. Damp proof membranes. Lighting. Drainage. SUDS. Environmental impact and lifespan of materials. Recycled materials and products. Typical footpaths. Typical footpath edging. Typical fence details. Part 2: Soft Landscape. Definition and specification of tree sizes. Definition and specification of shrub sizes. Native trees in Britain and Ireland. Native shrubs in Britain and Ireland. Plants for encouraging wildlife. Common poisonous plants. Grass seed mixes. Wild flower mixes. Topsoil. Times of year for planting. Tree planting. Plant protection. Composts, mulches and manufactured topsoil. Soft landscape maintenance. Soft landscape maintenance programme. Green roofs. Geotextiles. Part 3: Planning and Legislation. Planning and development control. Listed and protected areas. Tree Preservation orders. Hedgerow legislation. Notifiable weeds. Environmental impact assessment. Landscape and visual assessment. Landscape character assessment. Guidelines for construction around trees. Glossary of contracts. Construction (Design and Management) regulations. Planting and water bodies near airfields Part4: Design guidelines. Dimensional data. Senses, communication and space. Walkable neighbourhoods. Creation of positive outdoor space. Steps and ramps. Guarding and handrails. Tactile paving. Design of cycleways. Playgrounds and play equipment. Designing for schools: Guidelines. Standard sports markings. Construction of free standing walls. Water features and ponds. Signage Part 5: General information. Landscape architectural work stages. Setting a sundial. Conversions and calculations. Gradients. Weights of materials. Volumes of materials. Rules of thumb for planting plans. Quantities and rates of grass seed for sports pitches. List of relevant British Standards. Part 6: Graphics. Paper sizes. Common digital file extensions. AutoCAD printing scales. Typical survey annotations. Common graphic symbols. Glossary. Associations, Institutes and further sources of information.
Rachel Tennant and Nicola Garmory are Directors of TGP Landscape Architects and each have over 25 years' experience. Siobhan Vernon has over 16 years experience practising and is currently an Associate with Austin-Smith:Lord. All three were the authors of the last edition of the pocketbook, and are Chartered Landscape Architects.