Emma McNicholas

Regional Director: Newcastle

Starting at OOBE in March 2019, Emma brings 15+ years of experience of the environmental services industry to the role. Emma studied in Manchester and having finished her degree and postgraduate in landscape architecture she returned home to the north east. Skilled in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Emma has a proven track record in delivering Urban Regeneration, Public Realm, Education (Higher Education, BSF, PFI and PSBP), Healthcare, Residential and Leisure Projects.

Emma is currently leading on a variety of landscape projects; including net zero carbon developments, masterplanning with an emphasis of green/ blue infrastructure, landscape led masterplanning and nature led design solutions for educational facilities, public realm, and residential developments.

Emma is enthusiastic about high quality design which is tailored to meet not only the client’s, but the end users’ needs and aspirations whilst addressing the environment, an approach which has proved invaluable on delivery of projects she has overseen. She believes there is a symbiosis between high quality design and the environment, and this should be developed/pursued for each and every project on both a micro and macro scale. Weaving the two together creates mutual benefit for the planet and the health and wellbeing of its inhabitants, helping to re-address the balance between nature and people.

Emma also has a keen interest in aboriculture and its benefit in relation to all types of development and the built environment. The ecological, environmental, health and wellbeing benefits of providing strong green /blue infrastructure are extremely important in developing places for communities and future generations to thrive.

This interest filters down into her spare time, as she helps coordinate and volunteer for a local tree group, planting trees in her local community.  Emma can also be found either spending time with her young family or sitting behind her sewing machine reupholstering furniture, making clothes or soft furnishings. She also loves to draw; most recently producing images of animals for a local company who produce touring natural history exhibitions.