Oliver Rock joined HTA Landscape in 2006 and became an Associate in 2012. He has twenty years’ experience in both the public and private sectors, giving him a wide understanding of the issues involved in achieving good place making. He has extensive experience in regeneration, the creation of new parks and public spaces at both master-planning and detailed design levels.
Oliver has received multiple awards for his work at HTA including three Landscape Institute awards.
Before joining HTA, Oliver Rock was founder of Rock & Company Design and also spent four years working as a Landscape Architect at the Lee Valley Park Authority. He received a number of awards and features in the professional press, including Stonebridge Lock Waterside Centre (BURA Waterways Renaissance Awards 2006, Client: British Waterways) and Highgate Pre-Preparatory School which starred as one of the best projects of the Year in Landscape Design, 2003.
As an Associate at the practice, Oliver Rock has been responsible for the design and delivery of numerous projects including:
Stevenage Town Centre Gardens: A Heritage Lottery Fund park restoration/regeneration scheme at the 3.7-hectare Town Centre Gardens in Stevenage. Oliver Rock led all stages of the project from its original inception, through to securing a HLF grant of £2.4 million, detailed design and delivery on site (2007-2011). The project won Landscape Institute awards in 2007 & 2011 and BALI Award 2012.
Great Lines Heritage Park: Oliver Rock acted as lead consultant for the creation of a new 70-hectare park in Medway on behalf of Medway Council and the World Heritage Steering Group (2008-2012).
The project transformed a former military landscape, the landward defences of the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, into a public park. Winner of two Landscape Institute awards in 2011.
Acton Gardens, Ealing London: Landscape lead for the public realm masterplan and design codes for 2500 homes including five new parks, streets, squares and communal gardens as well as the detailed proposals for ongoing phases of work in parallel with the masterplan (2010-current).
Hanham Hall, Bristol: A competition winning Carbon Challenge scheme in Bristol which is scheduled to become one of the first zero carbon communities in England. 200 new homes are proposed in the grounds of a former hospital site structured around a series of green spaces with allotments, orchards, meadows, ponds, and walking and cycling routes. Winner: the Richard Feilden Completed Project award at the 2014 Housing Design Award.
Officer’s Field: Landscape design lead for all stages of the project. A development 77 new private and affordable homes in Portland, Dorset. The development was used as the athletes’ village for the sailing and windsurfing participants at the 2012 Olympics. Supreme Winner at the London Design Housing Awards 2012.
Oliver is currently working on the restoration of The Water Gardens at Hemel Hempstead, Geoffrey Jellicoe’s Grade II registered mid twentieth century gardens. The gardens form an integral part of the New Town masterplan and are central to the regeneration of the town centre. Oliver Rock led the funding application to secure a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £3.6 million in 2014 and is responsible for managing the detailed design and delivery on site. The project is due for completion on site in autumn 2016.