BSc (Hons) Real Estate, MA Landscape Architecture
Struan joined HTA in September 2014 as a dedicated team member of the South Key Plaza project for Berkeley Homes, particularly focusing on the delivery of a site wide 3D model and short film of the development. Since joining he has worked on several other public realm and residential projects including the Cane Hill Park development, and the re-development of the Aylesbury Estate in Elephant and Castle. This work has varied from real-time 3D rendering to construction designs and drawings. Struan also worked alongside the BBC to deliver a film of HTA’s vision of ‘Supurbia’ which aired on the 10 O’Clock news earlier this year.
Before joining HTA, Struan attended the University of Greenwich where he completed his Masters in Landscape Architecture, taking a particular interest in how film and landscape are connected, and the connection between landscape and urban farming. His final project was a study into how a large population could sustain themselves though urban farming techniques such as hydroponics and energy crops. He also attended the Lille ENSAPL to participate in an Urban Design Study of the Porte de Lille. Prior to this Struan worked for a short time in the financial services industry.
Significant projects include:
• South Quay Plaza
A high-quality public realm for three of the tallest residential mixed-use towers in the country, designed by Foster and Partners, in the highly desirable South Quay Plaza in Canary Wharf. Offsetting the impressive height of the buildings, the open space will consist of a restful park framed by trees to balance the dominant built realm, filled with a variety of sculptural elements to provide visual interest and play opportunities for children.
The new vibrant public realm will offer new and existing residents a range of opportunities for recreation, play, eating, strolling or resting. This range of amenities to foster a thriving public life at the base of the towers, helping them integrate into their surroundings. The proposed planting will make considerable use of perennials, to maximise ornamental value and to increase biodiversity. There will be an interplay between large swathes of naturalistic planting and undulating lawn areas to create an attractive landscape that changes with the seasons.
• Aylesbury Estate
This involved issuing the proposals for over 3500 homes. Two separate applications; one for the first development site which will see 830 homes built, with extensive new public open space including two new parks, and the other for the outline masterplan for the remainder of the estate in which a further 2745 homes will be created.
Struan is currently working on the delivery of a mixed-use scheme in Woolwich centred around a new public square.