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DSA is an award winning practice. We work at scales from the smallest courtyard to extensive landscape planning. We are a leading exponent of sustainable drainage systems design and management. We believe in great design and look to strengthen the connection between people and their environment. It is unashamedly based in science, rooted in function and looks to art to engage people and create uniqueness.

DSA were involved at the outset with Leicestershire County Council and the Willmott Dixon design team, including A+G Architects and Arup. We introduced the idea that the whole school landscape should be usable for teaching and learning. In 2011 DSA beat competition from internationally renowned practices to develop the world' first 'sustainable plant masterplan' for Toyota at their car manufacturing plant at Burnaston in Derbyshire.

We brought forward a 'vision' to secure planning consent for this 47 hectare site, 26 of which is green space. DSA Environment & Design are delighted to be co-authors of Building for a Healthy Life (BHL).
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We aim to be at the very forefront of sustainable development so we work hard to understand what the client's problem really is, rather than simply delivering a standard 'solution'. This enables us to focus on what really matters, to make sure it does the job. We enjoy solving client problems and exploring what additional value can be brought to a place

Building for a Healthy Life is the latest edition of - and new name for - Building for Life 12. Building for a Healthy Life (BHL) updates England's most widely known and most widely used design tool for creating places that are better for people and nature. The original 12-point structure and underlying principles within Building for Life 12 are at

We've always been determined to make sure that water is considered early on in the design process. In particular we like to investigate the use of techniques like Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD), Natural Flood Management (NFM) and Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS). These feature in most of our schemes, to ensure that opportunities are taken to

DSA were involved at the outset with Leicestershire County Council and the Willmott Dixon design team, including A+G Architects and Arup. We introduced the idea that the whole school landscape should be usable for teaching and learning. The building location was adjusted to enable an almost totally 'above ground' SuDS/WSUD solution. We drew up the Landscape

In 2011 DSA beat competition from internationally renowned practices to develop the world' first 'sustainable plant masterplan' for Toyota at their car manufacturing plant at Burnaston in Derbyshire. Working with Dr James Hitchmough and colleagues at Sheffield University, together with the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, we produced the 'vision' to

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