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Our Team

We are a collection of design and assessment professionals with a diverse range of skills and experience in all aspects of Landscape Architecture. Sitara2014Sitara Keppie, Director and Chartered Landscape Architect (BA DipLA CMLI), is the founding member of Circle Design Consultants. Heading up a highly experienced team with a broad range of experience  both private and public sectors in the UK, and abroad. Recently Sitara has undertaken several appeals for wind farm developments in the UK and is currently involved in a masterplan for an exciting mixed use and recreational development in Nigeria. She has also provided Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments (LVIAs) for proposed power lines, waste treatment plants, sand and gravel quarries and hydro-electric power schemes. Sitara also has extensive experience in masterplanning, detailed design and contract administration. Design projects have included restoration schemes for landfill sites; landscape design of the grounds for the Scottish Fire Services College and preparation of landscape input to numerous planning applications for retail developments. In addition, Sitara has experience of giving evidence as an expert witness at Public Inquiry. Sitara is supported by a team of professionals who help clients with: Feasibility studies, LVIA and other reports to support planning applications and Landscape Design. From our clients:

"Sitara is exemplary and innovative in her approach to complex Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments. Her professionalism and reliability are an asset to any project. Highly recommended!" - Daniel McCluskey, Director of Environment at EnviroPlan Consulting Limited

"Sitara is an outstanding landscape architect demostrating expertise across a range of disciplines. She works well with mutlidisciplinary teams and is expert at identifying and dealing with potential constraints to major planning applications. Highly recommended." - James O'Neill, Managing Director, Corvus Environmental Consulting Ltd.

"Rolling Haggis Ltd employed Sitara and her team at Circle Design to undertake a full LVIA and environmental impact assessment of our site in the Pentlands Regional Park. I couldn't recommend Sitara and her team highly enough. They were diligent and thorough in all their undertakings, and the work they produced was of an outstanding quality, enabling us to successfully obtain our planning consent. You couldn't work with a nicer team who are all fastidious in their attention to detail and simply great fun to work with." - James Clayton-Jones, Development Manager, University Projects at University of Edinburgh

...more can be found on Sitara's LinkedIn page.