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Influence landscape architects with offices on Millgate, Newark, sees surge in demand for covid-compliant outdoor space

Demand from businesses needing covid-compliant outdoor space has led to an increase in work for a firm of landscape architects.

Influence, with offices on Millgate, Newark, has seen a surge in commercial enquiries through the pandemic.

The chartered landscape architect and environmental planner has seen a 20% increase in live projects compared to the same period last year.

Sara Boland and Shona Hatton (42836377)
Sara Boland and Shona Hatton (42836377)

Sara Boland, owner and managing director of Influence, said: “During what has been an incredibly challenging period globally, Influence has put a positive foot forward as our workload has increased.

“The pandemic has led to significant changes in the way we move around public outdoor spaces forever and this has resulted in an increased demand for designs to incorporate safety measures.

“We have always been a busy practice, but as we offer both planning and design services, we are getting more enquiries on new schemes as well as our existing projects that need to be adjusted.

“The changes will be subtle, non-abrasive, but clear, and will be the norm for generations to come.

“I’m incredibly proud of our team, who have worked particularly hard during this period while managing the usual pressures of home working.”

Founded in 2008 and a finalist in the Newark Business Awards, Influence offers specialist landscape architecture, urban design, environment planning and expert witness.

The introduction of social distancing measures means the requirement for the development of public outdoor spaces has increased, with public realms now requiring specific measures to ensure the safety of its users.

Examples of the design changes Influence are now working on include wider walkways, more spaced seating and more of a focus on place-marking of areas.

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