David Webster

Senior Chartered Landscape Architect

BSc, Dip Garden Design, MA, CMLI

David joined HTA in 2016 as a team leader with the responsibility of managing and delivering a wide range of landscape and public realm projects. Prior to this, David worked as an Associate at Farrer Huxley Associates, with responsibility for managing the day-to-day operations of the practice and oversight of all live projects. In a previous life, David was employed as an equity trader and market maker at Morgan Stanley for 12 years, before retraining as a landscape architect.

David’s particular experience has been in the delivery of large-scale, mixed-use residential schemes, where the associated landscape and public realm play a critical role in determining the sense of place, alongside the overall quality and appeal of the project. The work has allowed David valuable expertise at all the stages of a project lifecycle, from feasibility through to planning and ultimately delivery.

David has responsibility for a number of important projects including the delivery of the landscape and public realm for the First Development Site (FDS) at the Aylesbury Estate for Notting Hill Housing and similarly at Copley Close for the London Borough of Ealing. David’s remit extends to a number of residential projects in the south-east of England including Royal Well Park and Hawkenbury Farm both in Tunbridge Wells for Berkeley Homes, Ryewood Meadows in Sevenoaks also for Berkeley Homes, and at Common Road, Sissinghurst for Countryside Properties.

Before joining HTA David worked on a wide range of exciting projects with clients including Peabody Trust, Guinness Trust, Cathedral Group and Hanover Group. He was able to establish long-term working relationships with architects such as BPR, PTE, Haworth Tompkins, Hawkins\Brown, Squire & Partners and Penoyre & Prasad, and planning consultants including NLP, Montagu Evans, Indigo and CBRE.

David’s primary focus was on the design and delivery of high quality landscape and public realm for large residential schemes, but he was also exposed key public realm and masterplanning projects including Deptford Market Yard, Abbey Road Regeneration and Bicester Ecotown. Whilst working at FHA, David made competition entry more of a focus and was successful in winning the Coram’s Fields and Barrow Maritime projects, and was shortlisted for the RAF Museum, Parloes Park and Romford Market competitions.

David’s work has won a number of awards, most recently Deptford Market Yard was awarded ‘Best Heritage Led Project’ at the London Planning Awards (2017) and ‘Best Use of Publicly-Owned Land in Placemaking’ at the Planning Awards (2017).

Burridge Gardens, LB Wandsworth for Peabody: Phase 1 of a 527 new home development located close to Clapham Junction is now completed. The landscape proposals seek to create new links across the site, with a new pedestrian promenade connecting the train station to Wandsworth Common. 

When completed each open space will have a unique character that references the culture, history and geography of the area and has been designed hand in hand with the residents. This project won the RIBA London Award 2017 for Hawkins\Brown, where the judges commented: ‘The greatest achievement here is the quality of the architecture and landscape design. Throughout, the design is not only robust and appropriate to this type of complex housing brief, but it is skilled and delightful, full of lovely details and remembering so much of what is excellent about Peabody’s esteemed architectural heritage. The buildings are also noticeably very well built. Furthermore, the landscape design is excellent, always successfully resolving the key issues of public and private space, with high quality materials and planting everywhere’.

Deptford Market Yard, LB Lewisham for U+I: The public realm proposals in collaboration with RSH+P, PTE and Ash Sakula architects, where the public realm works are the cohesive glue linking together all the elements in Deptford town centre. The built elements include the historic Grade II Listed Carriage Ramp, which includes new shop fronts in the arches and a new public square for the railway station.

First Development Site (FDS) Aylesbury Regeneration, LB Southwark for NHH: Implementation of the detailed

development proposals for the first phase of regeneration, which will deliver 830 houses within an overall masterplan offering 2,745 mixed tenure homes along with 7,800sqm. of employment space, retail opportunities, plus healthcare and community space. This project will offer a vastly improved public realm, streetscapes and pocket parks that will allow every resident sight of and access to green space.

Project Light, LB Southwark for NHH & Sellar: The first phase in a 3.1 hectare dockside regeneration scheme in Southwark, which received planning consent in 2012. HTA have been appointed as lead landscape architect and are responsible for the design and delivery of the public realm and private amenity on the podium. The project is currently under construction.        

Royal Wells Park, Tunbridge Wells BC for Berkeley Homes: Delivery of a multi-phase luxury residential development set within the heart of Tunbridge Wells, where the challenges were the integration of a podium landscape within a steeply sloping site, with a complex water feature running through the full extent of the scheme and at various levels. The early phases are fully occupied, with final stages under construction.

Hawkenbury Farm, Tunbridge Wells BC for Berkeley Homes: Full planning permission for a 235 home residential development on an environmentally sensitive site at the urban edge of Tunbridge Wells. The planning application was notable for the sensitive treatment of existing green infrastructure, where buffer zones were implemented to protect the hedgerows and mitigation measures put in place to protect the resident badgers and dormice. This work was encapsulated within a Landscape and Ecological Management Report (LEMP) submitted as part of the planning application. HTA are now appointed to deliver the detail design for this scheme.