What an exciting year it was for Hosta Consulting! It’s amazing to look back and see what we’ve managed to cram into a year and has set us in good stead for 2017. Come reminisce with us...

Hands down highlight of the year for our team was winning a gold medal and best in category for our show garden ‘a drop of urban green’ at RHS Tatton Park flower show. It was an honour for us to even exhibit at the show, and a gorgeous sunny week away for the team, so our achievements were the icing on the cake- and Ed got to be on TV! The garden has now been relocated as a pocket park for the residents of Manvers Court in Nottingham.

We were delighted to be recognised for our work closer to home too, making it into Nottingham’s Creative Class 2016, as well receiving awards from The Nottingham Post and East Midlands Chamber.

In 2016 we also built relationships with some great new clients, and were thrilled to work with Blueprint on their new sustainable homes development at Trent Basin. Hosta installed a garden for the show home at Trent Basin; a new waterside neighbourhood of low energy contemporary homes and apartments that promote healthy living and sustainability in Nottingham. It has also been another great year working with Nottingham City Homes, seeing the successful installation of many new green spaces installed across the city for their residents and the community. 

Above all, none of this could have been achieved without a hard-working team- this year our full-time team has grown to 4, and we’ve been able to host some great interns with the help of NTU. We are looking forward to seeing our team grow further in 2017 as well as offering more internship opportunities.

We’re recruiting!

We are looking for a Chartered Landscape Architect to join our growing team.

The candidate will play a key part in the landscape architecture focused element of the company, creating work from small urban interventions to larger landscaping schemes for both public and private sector clients.

We have an informal working environment where ambition and entrepreneurial spirt is encouraged. We are dedicated to creating innovative urban spaces with a green twist, pushing the boundaries of horticulture and architecture. We invest in people, and as a small practice we encourage individual expertise. We offer a competitive salary and opportunities for professional and career development.

For more information click here, or to apply send a cv and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

World Green Building Council green offices report

The World Green Building Council have complied a new report ‘Building the Business Case: Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Green Offices.’ The report demonstrates the benefits of healthy, green office design and provides evidence to organisations of all sizes that creating greener working environments will improve the health and wellbeing of their staff. This ultimately improves employee productivity and retention, having a major impact on the profitability and competitiveness of the company.

The key benefits highlighted in the report are:

-       Air quality and ventilation

-       Thermal comfort

-       Natural lighting

-       Flexible working environments

-       Noise

-       Biophillia

-       Location and amenities

-       Aesthetic design.

If we can help to you to create a greener, heathier working environment, please get in touch.

  

Garden villages

The government has announced plans for 14 new garden villages to be built across the UK – which will account for almost 50,000 new homes.

The housing developments will create new communities or ‘eco-towns’ and include energy-efficient homes, solar farms and plenty of public green spaces, as well as schools, doctors, shops and good transport links.

The homes are to be of high quality and affordable to tackle the UK’s housing crisis. The concept ‘garden’ village was coined by Ebenezer Howard in the late 19th century, as an alternative way of living to the slums in London. This latest announcement proves garden villages are still very relevant today due to increased urbanisation and heavily polluted cities.