PC Landscapes appoints new associate designer to lead expansion
Three days into her new role, Noemi Mercurelli shares her ambitions for the company
Noemi Mercurelli has joined PC Landscapes as an associate designer to head up the expansion of its design branch.
Mercurelli will also be supporting PC Landscapes in its ambitions to be carbon neutral. The Surrey-based design and build company already has a strong focus on sustainability and Noemi will be applying her passion for the environment and biodiversity to supporting this goal.
One of Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation winners in 2016, Mercurelli joins PC Landscapes from a large multi-disciplinary practice. She had worked at PC Landscapes previously for three years, up until 2021.
“The business has always been known for the contractor element; it has won numerous awards and has a brilliant reputation. But there has always been a parallel design side that has been less known and that’s what I’m here to expand,” explains Mercurelli.
The Italian designer brings with her 13 years’ experience, in which she has gained a degree in Applied Bioecology, the People’s Choice Award at Hampton Court and has recently been granted a bursary for a mentorship scheme for emerging leaders.
Her specialism lies with high-end domestic projects, the focus of PC Landscapes across Surrey and the Home Counties. The company is owned by Paul Cowell, former BALI chairman and a judge for RHS shows, who shares the Mercurelli’s ambition to create projects which are as sustainable as possible.
The business has always been known for the contractor element; it has won numerous awards and has a brilliant reputation. But there has always been a parallel design side that has been less known and that’s what I’m here to expand
“I moved to England because I wanted to design more sustainable and biodiverse gardens. About 10 years ago, people were not really ready for this, but it’s something I have always done; I’ve not once specified Indian sandstone, for example, in my time as a designer. I’ve always looked for the most local, sustainable materials.”
Creating habitats has also been a focus for Mercurelli’s designs, “tapping into what is already there. Paul and the team are really aligned with this. We’re all driven by sustainability, but we probably have not put the word out as much as we should have done. We are all carbon conscious, and the aim is to become carbon neutral – that’s ideally where we’d like to get to. It’s going to be a transition – not every single client is going to be prepared, so there are limitations. But that’s the plan, one garden at a time.”
For Mercurelli, it’s getting the message across to clients that gardens can be both beautiful and environmentally friendly – they don’t have to compromise the look. With PC Landscapes, she has a build team to help achieve picture perfect gardens with sustainability at the fore. “We are already in discussions about reducing our carbon impact at design stage, reviewing and limiting excavations [that release carbon into the atmosphere]. Our teams are undertaking further training to better support these carbon-conscious decisions and delivering these on site.
“We are fully analysing and mitigating our carbon footprint during the design stages whilst being conscious of the client’s requirements and utilising our experience to create a balance during this transition phase.”
PC Landscapes can also offer its build service to other designers with a similar mentality, says Mercurelli. “There are other designers out there who are really keen on carbon neutrality and sustainability, and there’s an amazing team here that can deliver that kind of scheme as contractors.”
And the company is now ready to shout about it, with Mercurelli leading the charge.