ABOUT THE EDIBLE BUS STOP
The Edible Bus Stop is a London based award winning Landscape Architecture and Design Consultancy.
We utilise a multidisciplinary process, with our team tailoring their skills to meet the ambition of each client & project. We are provocative & playful in our methodology, whilst remaining pragmatic & principled in our approach to the design, detailed engineering elements & delivery of each project. Our mission is to transform spaces into design led active places in both permanent & temporary settings, inspiring a wider audience to engage in social & environmental issues.
We transform challenging spaces into design led active places in both permanent and temporary settings. Our projects are diverse and creative, whether that be a pocket park in a Victorian street in Stockwell, installations at the Southbank Centre or a concept design at the former Athletes Village ‘London 2012’. We explore designs that create landmarks, demonstrating that good design is not socially exclusive.
HOW WE DO IT
Consultation to concept design (RIBA stages 0-2)
Our service starts with consultation, resulting in a concept design proposal.
We can conclude there, or continue through to develop and deliver the design.
Our consultation process starts with conversation. We ask and listen to clients, stakeholders and the community in order to respond with meaningful design that considers individual and collective needs and desires, resulting in a welcoming, inclusive and accessible response.
Our consultations include:
- Initial Consultation - a conversation with the client to discuss the potential project, such as location, size, initial ideas, uses, budget, timeline.
- Proposal - a brief will set out the scope and deliverables; the design team, further consultation services, fee and projected timeframe.
- Project Understanding and Research - conducting further consultation with wider stakeholders and community, to develop concept design.
- Site Inventory and Analysis - locating site and reviewing the terrain, evaluating uses, environmental factors and local area.
- Concept design - delivery of proposal with an understanding of spatial arrangement, aesthetic, program of delivery, functions, analysis of constraints and opportunities
Cross-disciplinary design coordination (RIBA stages 3-4)
We collaborate with leading design experts across landscape architecture, technology, visual and material arts (to name a few), to add form to function and create a narrative environment according to our creative vision.
We have built a collective of like-minded partners and co-producers who can contribute to our concept designs and coordinate throughout delivery of projects.
This part of our practice includes:
- Detailed design - engineering analysis, cost plan, project strategies, outline specification, project management plan and schedule.
- Technical design - plans, sections, schedules, construction details, quantities and a specification for collaborative design, coordination with other consultants for overlapping design elements (architecture, landscape, lighting, engineering, etc)
Delivery (RIBA stages 5-6)
If we see a project through to delivery, our project management capacity covers manufacturing and construction through to completion and handover, to meet timeframe and budget.
This part of our practice includes:
- Procurement & tendering - negotiating and securing contractors, procuring materials and site resources.
- Site logistics - coordinating contractors and installation, construction, planting
- Problem solving - mitigating & resolving issues as they arise.
- Evaluation - monitoring & reporting ongoing project progress & final project results.
- Handover - initiating ongoing maintenance, conclusion of contracts, aftercare plans.
- Meaningful storytelling - content capture, stakeholder and media engagement.
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FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
MAK GILCHRIST FRSA
Mak originally hails from the fashion business. Her decades of experience as a fashion Model were guided by an ethical approach to the work she accepted. On the other side of the camera, she produced shoots for European editorial clients on location in London.
At the EBS, she is integral in bringing each of the schemes to life. She is the client lead, meeting with and evaluating their requirements, consulting on the hard & soft landscaping of the designs & co-producing the builds. She is responsible for the community engagement element of each scheme & works towards creating a sustainable legacy for each project. She is published & presents talks on the importance of active green spaces in the public realm.
Having travelled extensively, Mak became fascinated with the importance of encouraging positive social interaction & biodiverse active spaces in cities. She is a director of Incredible Edible Lambeth CIC & champions design-led, inclusive growing initiatives. From 2014-2015, she was a visiting member of the GLA’s London Food Board.
In 2016 Mak was nominated as a fellow of the RSA for her contribution towards improving society through her ideas & actions.
It’s unlikely Mak will ever be able to say: The arboriculturist is doubtful you can grow phenomenal plums in a terrarium.