2017. A year of royal engagement, fake news and erz ten! Not to be out trumped by fake news, here is a summary of what the erz office has been up to.

2017 was an exciting and busy year for erz. We worked on over 30 projects in 2017, including public realm works, urban regeneration, green infrastructure, public artworks and charrettes. Ten of these projects have been on-site, of which four are complete. Highlights include seeing the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice scheme and the Dunoon waterfront public realm starting to become reality! The year has also seen fabrication of a full-size unicorn, erecting a six-tonne anchor and speaking to over 600 people directly at the Easterhouse Charrette.

2017 has been a big year for erz, celebrating ten years of practice. In this time, erz has worked on over 200 projects making a real difference to people’s everyday lives. From our first to our two-hundredth project, we continue to strive to create thoughtful, innovative and beautiful work. Since erz was set up in 2007 we have grown to become one of Scotland’s biggest and best established landscape architecture design studios. We would like to thank all of our colleagues, clients and collaborators over the years for making erz what it is today.

Several longstanding erz projects have moved forward significantly in 2017:

The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice is progressing well. The seasonal gardens, hill works and courtyards have been shaped and it’s fantastic to see years of work coming to fruition. It is anticipated the works will be complete mid 2018.

Royal Edinburgh Hospital Phase 1 is now complete and was officially opened by Nicola Sturgeon in November 2017. The landscape scheme has been very well  received by NHS staff and the client team. For as-built images of the project and further information, please click on the following link.

Dunoon waterfront started on site in early 2017. The road realignment has taken place and materials delivered to site. The public realm works are due for completion mid 2018.

Finally, it has been a successful year for erz, winning three major awards, including a prestigious Landscape Institute award for our ‘erz10’ campaign. We still have several packs of erz10 postcards available. If you would like a pack, please contact Jackie.

We would like to thank all our clients, collaborators and friends for making 2017 such a brilliant year. From all of us at erz, we wish you all the best for 2018.

From Rolf, Felicity, Tom, Murray, Chris, David and Jackie.

Article by: David Hammett
Photograph Credit: Robert Taylor