The Interior Design Practice have recently designed and implemented a landscaping project for a GlaxoSmithKline Plc. pharmaceuticals manufacturing site in Irvine, North Ayrshire. Working with Sodexo we designed a welcoming suite of spaces that realised the requirements of the client in a creative and thorough manner.

We were tasked with enabling a more inviting and cohesive feel to this extensive site through the design of a range of external areas including, entrance ways, corner plots, embankments and walk ways. Our designs have facilitated the transformation of areas that fell short of the global, professional and innovative image of GSK.

The experience and journey of both site employees and visitors were critical to the design of various plots of land. We endeavoured to understand how and why people interacted with the various spaces, through a series of onsite visits and surveys. We sought to strengthen views and radically improve a sense of connectivity and overall site perception through balancing beauty of design with site attributes and client needs.

The contemporary design aesthetic positively dealt with more challenging onsite key issues such as dramatic level changes and underground piping and cabling. Consideration was given to the biodiversity and climate of the area with regard to the materials and planting selected for use. We have created and implemented designs that are both diverse and durable. All services were followed through from detailed design to frugal product and materials sourcing and construction completion on site.

Fluidity and a sense of industry have been incorporated into a contemporary aesthetic through careful spatial design and the selection of materials such as Corten steel, an array of aggregates, coloured grasses and hardy shrubs and trees.

Consideration was given to use and contrast of colour and the flow of space with elliptical shapes being harnessed through floor coverings, edging, planting containers and planting to provide softer and more effective areas. Our designs have brought to life and up to date some neglected and tired looking spaces; they are now welcoming areas to be proud of.