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In March 2018 MSE are commissioned by Chris Blandford Associates, Kew Gardens and Hounslow Borough Council to undertake technical photography, surveying and generation of verified visualisations for major tower block development in west London, in accordance with the London Views Management Framework and and LI Advice Note.

The proposed development would impact on the setting of Kew Gardens UNESCO World Heritage Site and a number of historic Conservation Areas

MSE are commissioned by the Flaxby Estate near York to undertake Verified Photomontage for major (3000 unit) residential development on sensitive land close to Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire.

MSE are working as part of a team comprising Wildblood McDonald, The Landscape Agency, GVA Grimley and Insall Architects.

Mike provides Expert Witness evidence for Mel Morris Conservation and Amber Valley Borough Council at Public Inquiry, close to Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In spring 2016 Mike and a small technical working group were instructed by the LI Technical Committee to start work on the update to the LI Advice Note 01/11. In June 2018 a consultation draft was circulated.


Welcome to MS Environmental, the home of cutting edge technical photography, camera location surveying, 3D modelling, visualisations, AVRs and the photo-realistic photomontage.

We are the choice of strategic infrastructure developers throughout the UK and overseas. Projects supported include Oxford University Science Park, White Rose Carbon Capture, Durham University Mount Oswald Halls of Residence, large-scale tower blocks in London and Port of Leith Masterplan in Edinburgh.

In 2017 alone, we produced visualisations for cross-examination for 11 Public Inquiries, working with developers, the National Trust and local authorities. Our founder, Mike Spence, was also involved in updating the Landscape Institute’s ‘Technical Advice Note 01/11’ and supporting SNH research for their ‘Visual Representation of Windfarms Guidance’.

Mike has also presented Expert Witness evidence at major Public Inquiries including the Chiswick Curve, a 2018 tower block development in West London affecting the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What can we do for you?

Mike Spence

MS Environmental specialises in technical photography, GNSS surveying (RTK enabled), 3D modelling, visualisation and technical GIS services. Our expertise aids landscape architects and other professionals working in environmental impact assessment, development planning and consultation.

Established in 2000, our practice is at the forefront of technical photomontage work. Using full frame sensor DSLR cameras, the latest GNSS survey equipment and complex 3D modelling procedures, we provide valued technical and professional services to clients across the UK and overseas.

From wind farms to power stations, housing development to recycling – MS Environmental is your means to envision the future.