2017 Macgregor Smith prize for Landscape and Public Realm Design

As part of our association with the University of Bath’s Department of Architecture, we are delighted this year to award the prize to Emma Hugh for her final year MArch degree project: Hortus Revividus.
A Botanical Research Facility for Medicinal Plants in the Rising Crisis of Antibiotic Resistance, located in Larnaka, Cyprus.
A contemporary reinterpretation of the Cyprus Healing Monasteries brings together a Botanic Gardens, offering research facilities, reception, shop and café, and exhibition area.
Emma’s design employs the building creates a courtyard garden typology, which is focussed across Cyprus. The walled garden becomes a place of tranquillity, escape and research away from the busy life of the city and waterfront landscape.
Rupert Grierson, Director of Macgregor Smith in presenting the award to Sophie, recognised her work as an excellent, clear and concise design proposal. It revealed a real sensitivity for context elevated through exceptional graphic presentation.

Next phases of Shanghai Business Park

Construction is about to begin on the next phases of Shanghai Business Park, owned by CHJ. Working with GMP Architects, this ambitious 20ha scheme includes a huge central lake and a riparian water ring, which weaves around the site connecting a network of public open spaces, roof terraces and intimate courtyard gardens. Phase 4 follows the successful earlier phases of design work at Shanghai Business Park, with Phases 5 & 6 due to follow on next year.

Welcome to our new interns!

We are delighted to welcome George Luffingham and Harriet Baldwin from Bath University School of Architecture. Both will be completing internships with us as part of their BSc Architecture degrees. This continues our long association with the school of Architecture through our internship scheme and with both Michael Smith and Rupert Grierson undertaking studio tutoring and occasional lecturing roles. We look forward to awarding the Macgregor Smith prize for best landscape and public realm design at the end of the academic year.

Bargate Quarter proposals approved

Exciting new proposals for the redevelopment of Bargate Quarter have been granted approval by Southampton City Council. This unique site is located adjacent to the Grade 1 Bargate – the old medieval gateway into the town – with surviving Grade 1 listed Scheduled Ancient Monument town walls running along the north side of the site.
Providing new public open space is a fundamental part of the redevelopment of this city centre site and the enhancement of the setting of the City’s historic walls. The public realm proposals developed by Macgregor Smith include the creation of a new generous pedestrian route through the site – for the first time in decades, residents and users will be able to walk along the length of the revealed town walls, with a unique series of garden spaces and cafes within the setting of the wall.


We are delighted to announce that Jamie has joined our team of Associates. Jamie has led some of our major developments in Birmingham and Lewes – where his professional attitude and drive have played a key role in the success of these projects.
Cormac, Dimitrije and Robin have all become Senior Landscape Architects as a reflection of their hard work and determination to create the highest level of Landscape Architecture on some of our most challenging projects.

25 years of Macgregor Smith!

This October we reach the ripe age of 25! To celebrate this milestone, below we are showcasing our projects old and new. The Millennium Coastal Park in Carmarthenshire was completed in 2001 and 15 years on, is still proving itself to be a beautiful and ever popular scheme. Our latest British Land project at Glasgow Fort was completed last month and shows how materials and design may have evolved but we like to think that the reason of being of our practice – creating high quality, lasting landscapes – continues to hold strong.