Duncan Bradbury

Landscape Architect

Duncan joined XQLA in early 2020 after 14 years working on major public realm schemes for Sheffield City Council, including the multi-award-winning ‘Grey to Green Phase 1’ and soon to be completed Phase 2 urban SuDS schemes. Duncan is highly experienced in working in multidisciplinary teams on high-quality prestigious city centre regeneration schemes, transforming undesirable traffic dominated streets into attractive multi-functional spaces through city greening, integrated cycle provisions and innovative SuDS design. With a ‘hands-on’ approach Duncan enjoys combining a practical approach with sustainability and climate resilience to his schemes.

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Owen Byrom

Landscape Consultant

Owen joined XQLA in 2019 and has since used his vast amount of experience, working at a range of different scales and values across the UK, to deliver high-quality projects on behalf of the practice. Owen is passionate about mental health and the built environment and utilises his expertise in the subject to deliver projects that have a positive impact on wellbeing. As part of his role at XQLA Owen has also over seen much research including studying how we can alleviate urban flooding and the carbon impact of landscape developments.

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Sneha Khulge

Urban Designer

Joining XQLA in 2022, Sneha holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from KRVIA (Mumbai University) and a master's degree in Urban Design from the University of Sheffield. Urban morphologies, spatial negotiations revolving around water-landscapes, the public realm and cultural influences are some of Sneha's keen inclinations in this field. Sneha worked on architectural and urban design projects for three years in India. During this time, she also explored her interests in publications, critical writing and teaching. While at the University of Sheffield, Sneha led STEM and art/architecture after-school clubs at infant and primary schools across Sheffield, volunteered with CreativeMornings Sheffield and was part of the curatorial team of the university's Feminist Library.


Emma Luckhurst

Assistant Landscape Architect

Joining XQLA in 2023, Emma holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield. Emma’s interest is in people focused design and inclusivity; creating spaces that are accessible and representative of the local community, exploring cultural preferences within the landscape. Emma worked on masterplanning and residential projects, whilst working in-between her studies, working on various stages of the planning system from LVIA’s to detailed design. Whilst studying Landscape Architecture, Emma volunteered with SAGE Sheffield, a charity that supported people with mental health isssue’s through green prescribing on a community allotment. Emma also volunteered for RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 3023 during the build and gained insight and hands on experience in construction implementation and planting.


Kieron O'Hara

Landscape Architect

Kieron Joined XQLA in 2022 after leading on numerous prominent public realm, play and attraction landscape schemes over a 7-year spell with Leeds City Council. Kieron was already actively involved in live design and construction prior to graduating from his undergraduate qualification and has used this experience to underpin his creative designs. Kieron is passionate about reconnecting people with nature, especially connecting children to playable naturalistic landscapes and the impact that has on their learning and development Kieron champions the implementation of playable landscapes in our public realm projects across our towns and Cities. Kieron has recently completed his APM project management PMQ qualification


Xanthe Quayle

Landscape Architect & Director

An award winning landscape architect Xanthe leads the independent design studio along side business strategy and management of the team. She has over 20 years experience working within the landscape profession across the UK, sector areas and client groups. Her capability has evolved through involvement on a broad range of challenging schemes, commonly with public realm at its centre. With strong analytical and communication skills alongside technical rigour and design flair Xanthe's involvement on projects invariably achieves a compelling design response which is end user focused. She relishes stakeholder engagement on projects in the interest of supporting successful outcomes for clients and raising awareness of the power of good landscape design to transform the quality of people's everyday lives.

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Silvie Rackham

Office Administrator

Since completing a degree in Landscape Architecture Silvie has since had various roles from project coordination to community grower, with people, place and community at the core of all roles. Silvie now brings her mix of skills to the practice part-time and helps with organisational and administration duties, ensuring the smooth running of the studio.

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William Best

Consultant Architect

Bill has worked with the practice since 2009 offering both Architectural support and as Consultant CDM Advisor since 2009. Most recently Bill worked on our scheme at Holland House Terrace in West London. Before starting his own practice, Bill was Director at Allen Tod Architecture Ltd. in Leeds.

Martin Higgitt

Transport Planner

Martin is a transport planner with 25 years’ consultancy experience, specialising in sustainable transport and place-based transport strategies. He regularly works with XQLA on masterplanning commissions to identify appropriate approaches for managing transport to support broader masterplan aspirations. This typically includes identifying appropriate walking, cycling and public transport provision and traffic management and parking management to support. Martin also brings specialist knowledge of shared transport (car-sharing, bike-sharing, mobility hubs) and travel behaviour change to our commissions