Oliver has twenty-five years’ experience working in both the public and private sectors, giving him a wide understanding of the issues involved in achieving good placemaking. He has a particular interest in historic landscape as well as a wider expertise in the regeneration and masterplanning of large-scale complex projects from inception through to planning and implementation on site.
Oliver joined HTA Design LLP in 2006 and became an Associate Partner and Director of Landscape Design in 2022, overseeing quality, resourcing and management of the landscape team as well as running a team of fifteen landscape architects. In addition to leading projects, he has been involved in the development and submission of bids, speaking at conferences about historic park restoration, judging entries for the Landscape Institute awards in the Heritage and Conservation category and mentoring landscape architects preparing for their professional qualification. Oliver’s team has received multiple awards for their work at HTA including seven Landscape Institute awards.
Chatham Intra High Street Heritage Action Zone, current: Framework lead working for Medway Council on behalf of Historic England to develop significance led guidance to revitalise Chatham High Street.
Scotney Castle, current: Lead Consultant for visitor enhancements for this Grade I registered landscape and SSSI of over 300 hectares including a new visitor centre and café facilities by Tate & Co., reconfiguration of the arrival sequence, play, path networks, biodiversity enhancements, parking facilities and reinstatement of historic landscape features.
The Paddock: Following on from the masterplanning of the Great Lines Park, development of a new central open space for Chatham which links the waterfront and town centre to the scheduled eighteenth century fortifications that defended the Historic Dockyard and its firing lines (now the Great Lines Heritage Park). Following successful award of Future High Streets funding, we are now the project lead on public realm enhancements.
Milton Keynes East Urban Extension, current: the landscape lead for an urban extension of over 4000 new homes to the East of Milton Keynes for Berkeley Homes. The masterplan is developed around a green infrastructure lattice structured around the retention of existing site hedgerows, woodland and mature trees. The project features a new 90-hectare park.
Acton Gardens, Ealing London: 2010-2017: 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 phases 1,2 and 5 of work in parallel with the masterplan.
Hanham Hall, Bristol: winner of the Carbon Challenge scheme in Bristol, one of the first zero carbon communities in England. 200 new homes have been built 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 of 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.