CGI courtesy of KWL Architects

About Redbay Design

Based at Cockington Court Manor House in Torquay, Devon, Redbay Design is an established and successful landscape architecture consultancy.

Since 2006, we’ve been providing our clients straightforward advice applied across our design and landscape planning disciplines. Together with detailed and site-specific creative designs, our collective experience has seen us work on a wide range of projects. We pride ourselves on our ability to respond quickly and creatively to small and larger scale projects, delivered to a high standard.

Our personal service goes beyond offering our core landscape services. Thanks to good working relationships with organisations in sectors including arboriculture, ecology, and land surveyors to name a few, throughout the South of England, we’re also able to coordinate specialist consultants from other environmental sectors for your project.

We’re registered practice members of:

  • The Landscape Institute
  • Safety Management Advisory Services (SMAS)

Our Team

Nick Perrett

Nick is a chartered Landscape Architect who trained initially in Horticulture with The Royal Horticultural Society, before gaining valuable practical experience in the landscape construction industry.

After graduating in 1995 with a BA(Hons) Landscape Design, and in 1997 with a DipLA in Landscape Architecture, both at Manchester Metropolitan University Nick has worked in private practice and the public sector working on a broad spectrum of land use and development projects in the UK and Australia. Projects include hotels, play spaces, holiday and leisure sites, urban parks and gardens, as well as cultural centres.

Before moving back to Devon in 2006 to establish redbay design Nick was employed by the Groundwork Trust in Kent working up from project Landscape Architect to Team Principal during six years with the organisation.

‘Much of my working career has been managing regeneration projects, taking jobs from inception to completion, leading multi-disciplinary teams and coordinating all the many different project elements. This has given me an excellent understanding of the processes necessary for the realisation of major construction and environmental projects’.

As managing director Nick oversees every project undertaken by the company to ensure the highest levels of service and quality of work.

Nick Bunn

Nick is a Chartered Landscape Architect, who initially gained a BA (Hons) Spatial Design: Interior and Landscape at University College Falmouth, before working at a planning consultancy (Green Planning Services) while studying towards a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture at Birmingham University.

‘ Working in a Planning consultancy gave me a good understanding of the planning system while also receiving a design focused education in the subject of Landscape Architecture. This illustrated the important role that Landscape Architecture plays in development and the planning process. At GPS I was preparing planning applications and discharge of conditions applications for land use and development within areas of planning constraint such as Green Belt and AONB and went on to develop LVIA services’.

Nick has been with Redbay since 2013 where he has been instrumental in updating LVIA systems, and processes to bring them in line with the latest guidance (GLVIA3).

‘The focus of my work at RBD includes the production of LVIA’s and landscape character appraisals as well as strategic level masterplanning. I take a considered and creative approach to site analysis and development proposals to help schemes respect local context and contribute to the character of an area and its sense of place’.

Since gaining chartered status Nick has taken a more active role in the management of projects and giving evidence at planning appeals.
 
'In my spare time I like to take advantage of the varying landscapes of Devon and Cornwall walking my dog down the beach, along the coast path or up on Dartmoor, together with the mandatory pint at a local pub! I also enjoy juggling/poi spinning and practice Tai Chi’.

Paula

Paula graduated in 2014 from the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Poland , with a BSc in Landscape Architecture, specializing in protecting and shaping the landscape, she completed at the same University a MSc in Landscape Architecture, specialising in landscape design in 2016. In 2017 she gained Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture at Hunan Agricultural University in Changsha – China. During her studies in China, Paula also gained valuable work experience at a design studio in Shanghai and Changsha, working on a variety of projects within the public realm, including schools, playgrounds, and urban squares. Paula enjoys working on a range of different scales and project stages.

‘I'm truly passionate about landscape and garden design, love naturalised gardens full of herbs, nature. In my spare time I enjoy making natural cosmetics and herbal remedies I also enjoy taking long family walks, always seeking to be closer to nature’.

Tom

Tom is a Landscape Architect, who initially gained a BA (Hons) landscape Architecture and Planning at The University of Sheffield before joining a multidiscipline practice in Nottingham (FPCR) during which time Tom also completed his Post Graduate Diploma in landscape Design once again at the University of Sheffield.

‘Working in a multidiscipline consultancy gave me a good understanding of the rich and diverse nature of projects covered by our industry and my introduction to the real world of landscape architecture. At FPCR my core focus became that of design and design communication, this included the production of effective 3D photo realistic modelling and CAD rendered graphics. The most rewarding project was my involvement with the Snowdon Summit Centre where detailed 3D modelling performed a major role in the EIA process’.

Tom joined the team at RBD in 2016 where he has been involved in wide variety of projects with a particular role on design-based projects, producing hard and soft detailed schemes. Tom has been instrumental in introducing and guiding colleagues with specialist software packages.

‘I’d describe the main focus of my work at RBD as being design focused, specifically with hardworks. I have particular expertise working with levels and retaining structures and enjoy working with challenging sloping sites’.

Tom is currently working towards achieving chartered status and enjoying the process of development and acquisition of new knowledge that comes with it.

‘Since moving to the southwest I have been able to realise my dream of owning a boat and these days spend most of my free time out on the water either water skiing, paddle boarding or kayaking out in the local bay’.

Kate

Kate gained an MA(Hons) in Social Anthropology with Development from the University of Edinburgh and has previously worked for environmental, animal welfare and children’s charities. She has experience of finance administration in both the private and non-profit sectors, holds an AAT qualification and manages all aspects of the accounts department for the practice. With her practical knowledge of administrative procedures and all round capability, Kate provides an excellent support function for the smooth running of the practice.

Outside of the office Kate practices and teaches yoga and enjoys walking with her family in the South Devon countryside, camping and gardening.