The Design Team
During the design stage the client must trust that the concepts they expressed and the parameters they set have been understood by the design team, and that they are adhered to as the design develops. Despite taking on a professional design team the client is likely to need to make numerous decisions, each with cost and quality implications, as the design process develops. The traditional approach for team communications and monitoring progress is to hold regular face-to-face meetings, either with the whole project team or just the members of the design team. A genuine consultation allows the design team to fully understand the context of a site, using the knowledge of those who understand it in greater depth, perhaps even better than the client. One of the best ways to hold a consultation for changes to existing landscapes is to consult on site.