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APT STUDIOS : ABOUT US

Over 35 years experience.

Apt Studios is design-led, creating bespoke garden and landscape designs for home, work or public environments across the UK. With an in house construction and planting team, we can make your vision become reality.


We have our own construction team who can construct and plant your garden following the design process. We can prepare a detailed costing of all the plans, and discuss this with you, make any adjustments needed and then schedule the works at your convenience.

MATT N KIDS

MATTHEW ALLAN

Matthew (Director) set up his design studio in 2010. His initial passion began working in community gardens encouraging local people to create green spaces to grow food, flowers and develop friendships. His interest in sustainable development the environment and the impact on our health continue to drive him to design gardens and landscapes for individuals and communities.


He qualified as a Landscape Architect in 2005 and subsequently completing a Masters in Construction Project Management. Having worked in the landscape design industry for over 20 years he has had the opportunity to design and construct projects in both private and commercial settings. His portfolio includes private and commercial gardens, roof terraces, public spaces, show gardens, NHS trust garden, and housing development projects.

JEFF OLSON

Jeff (Project Manager) has worked with Apt Studios from the early days and project manages the construction of designs.  He directs the landscaping teams on site to ensure they work efficiently, within timescales and maintain attention to detail and quality of works.  He is great with clients and keeping our projects on track.

PIPPA ALLAN

Pippa (Business Manager), previously a social worker for 20years, has joined her husband in the family business. She is an all rounder, and can be found managing the office, human resources, accounts and occasionally can be seen on site - joining in with the planting team to get the jobs completed on time.


“Our services are design-led and therefore always begin with collaboration with our clients to identify their specific needs, style and aspirations. The design should not only complement the home but also enhance the environment in which our clients live either by providing drama, a place to play or a space to relax. Clients are involved throughout the design and build process to ensure we meet individual needs”

AWARDS

Coppice - RHS Flower Show Hampton Court - 2009 Silver medal award
Coppice - RHS Flower Show Hampton Court - 2009 Silver medal award
Forces of Nature - RHS Flower Show Hampton Court - 2010 Silver-gilt medal award
Forces of Nature - RHS Flower Show Hampton Court - 2010 Silver-gilt medal award

TESTIMONIALS

We had a bare concrete rectangle court yard, a former farm yard, that we wanted to transform into an appropriate garden for our new barn conversion. We discovered APT after researching and reading reviews. Mathew and Tom, listened to our brief, and were very attentive in creating a garden that would enhance the natural features of the barn. We worked closely with Tom, who came up with initial design ideas. We loved the concept and variety of materials and planting he was suggesting, although for our purposes we needed the design to be simplified. Tom listened carefully to our thoughts then resubmitted version 2 which we loved. We used our own people to bring the design to life and couldn’t be more happier with the results. Tom has helped us to create a garden that we would never have imagined ourselves. It’s given us an extra ‘room’ that we just love spending time in.Read More

So we moved into our forever home in May 2022. It is a new build so we had a totally blank canvas. We knew we wanted a bespoke designed garden as we have no skills or time to do it ourselves. We had some basic ideas of what we wanted. ‘Must haves’ for us was a sunken area, water feature of some type, space for entertaining & mature trees & good lighting for evenings. It was important that we had environmentally friendly materials & the planting had to attract pollinators. Dave did his homework & we finally decided on APT for two reasons it was a local independent family run business & seemed to be very professional. After Matthew visited us & he saw our space, we sat down with him to discuss our ideas, what we liked, what we didn’t like our interests & lifestyle & we wanted the garden to do for us. As soon as he had gone away to draw up the plans, we instantly knew we had 100% made the right decision - we were so relaxed with Matthew, like we had known him for years. We were confident that we had chosen the right company. When he came back with the plans we were blown away - he nailed it first time! Can you imagine the delight a goth gets hearing the words ‘we need you to paint your fences black’? Happy days! So we went ahead & never looked back… all the way through the whole process Matthew kept regular contact & visited often ensuring we were happy with everything. APT’s whole team are a wonderful bunch.. Harvey, Paul & Jeff were absolutely brilliant, such grafters and standard of work is first class, always so polite & friendly. We had a good laugh with them & when they had finished the project & left us we really, genuinely missed them…lovely, lovely people. Now it was not the biggest garden project APT have done, in-fact in terms of square footage it could be considered small, but it was a challenge (very, very heavy compacted clay), very detailed & high end finish with 3 very mature trees installed & lots of planting, water feature, lighting, decking, porcelain patios & sunken area. We wanted this garden to be extension of our beautiful home & to reflect our personalities & this was delivered way beyond our expectations! We adore this space, it has such an amazing vibe, it’s vibrant & stylish best of all we get loads of little visitors, Bees, butterflies, gorgeous Dragon Flies & the bats swoop around in the evenings. Our big visitors (friends) without exception absolutely love it! Oh yeah & loads of our friends are painting their fences black too, as they agree with Matthew - it makes everything POP! And it really does….thank you APT you are an amazing team of talented wonderful people.Read More

great engagement throughout the project from planning to planting. Matt discussed design and tailored it to our budget. Excellent design skills. Construction phase went smoothly with a happy efficient and interactive group of workers. Project finished within the set timescale and planting done later in the autumn when appropriate. Would certainly recommend APT to friends and family. Thank you Matt and the teamRead More

We were incredibly happy with the service we received from Apt studios. Matt really understood what we were looking for in our garden design and ticked all our boxes and more besides. Every step was carefully planned and considered, we were kept informed and everything went really smoothly and exactly on time. Nothing was too much trouble, even when we kept changing our minds and adding bits on. The team were so lovely to have around - we missed them when they left. Every day we look outside and can't believe the difference Apt Studios made. Would thoroughly recommend them.Read More

I am so pleased with my new garden it is everything I’d hoped. From initial contact through design and completion Matthew guided and understood my garden concept. Choice of planting for a small garden is beautiful and allows me to add to continue developing my enjoyment. Construction staff were considerate friendly and got the work completed on time. Highly recommended as a company. Thank you.Read More