What We Do

Planning

Responsible planning understands and respects the relationship between people, buildings and spaces.

GSP Group Planners offer extensive experience and take a comprehensive and supportive approach to understanding and preparing for responsible land use and community design, whether that is creating an entirely new place or revitalizing existing ones.

Our Planners foster relationships with clients and communities to help both understand common goals and consider all points of view. A sound planning process provides the basis for managing change.

The planning we do today is based on understanding our past and charting an appropriate course for the future to make communities strong and successful.

Urban Design

Art meets science to sculpt outdoor space and strike a balance between built and natural forms. GSP Group Urban Designers add character and charm to urban areas by shaping buildings, streets, villages and cities into memorable places.

Our Urban Designers offer a multidisciplinary team of experts who achieve success by identifying issues early, understanding projects in the context of their communities and effective design to enhance quality of life.

Extensive knowledge about communities. Ability to understand trends. Experience to lead successful public consultations to build support. Our Urban Designers provide this expertise to meet the needs of clients and community by shaping neighbourhoods that are functional, attractive and sustainable places.

Landscape Architecture

Knowing the elements needed to achieve outstanding solutions. Striking the essential balance between form and function, efficiency and pleasure, built and natural environments.

GSP Group Landscape Architects see possibilities in landscape management and realize beauty through design to create better spaces.

Our Landscape Architects are progressive and practical as they apply the right elements to achieve outstanding solutions in parks, streetscapes and private spaces. They do this by working closely with clients, communities and project teams to realize exciting and sustainable designs, from large public spaces to private roof top gardens.

The results are valued by our clients and most importantly, enjoyed by communities.

Cemetery Planning and Design

In 2014, GSP Group acquired Hilton Landmarks, specializing in cemetery planning and design, to expand our role supporting municipalities as they prepare for long-term cemetery sustainability.

Municipalities across Canada and the United States have trusted Hilton Landmarks with over 750 projects involving business analysis and feasibility studies, master plans, conceptual and detailed design, green burials, land needs analysis, perpetual care funding analysis, reserve fund analysis, pricing and marketing plans, capital cost estimates and comparative pricing reviews.

Hilton Landmarks has also developed a unique cemetery evaluation model to facilitate the analysis and forecasting for operations.

Our Services


PLANNING

Official Plan and Zoning By-law Reviews
Master Plans
Community and Secondary Plans
Municipal Planning Advisory Services
Site Planning
Subdivision and Condominium Plans
Urban and Rural Development Approvals
Development Feasibility and Optimal Use Studies
CPTED Analysis and Design
LEED Neighbourhood Design
Community Improvement Plans
Project Management
Public Consultation and Facilitation
Expert Testimony
Expropriation and Compensation Studies
Planning Justification Reports
Recreational Master Planning

URBAN DESIGN

Design Guidelines
Master Plans
Heritage Conservation Plans
Height and Massing Studies
Community Improvement Studies
Streetscape and Public Realm Plans

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Parks, Recreation and Trails Planning and Design
Cemetery Planning and Design
Streetscape
Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Campus Outdoor Spaces
Site Plan Approval
Vegetation and Tree Management Plans
Contract Administration
Construction Administration
Site Inspection

CEMETERY PLANNING AND DESIGN

Land Needs Analysis
Business Analysis
Feasibility Studies
Master Plans
Detailed Design
Perpetual Care Fund Analysis
Ground Penetrating Radar

Client Testimonials


Guelph Correctional Centre

It has been my experience that GSP Group is always very thorough and logical, attentive to detail, knowledgeable, responsive and very professional. In addition, I would note GSP Group has been our planning consultant for almost three years and that experience has been only positive.

Waterloo Region District School Board building.

As a school board, we have little experience in developing lands on this scale (18 acres) and have depended upon the professional advice and planning services of GSP to guide and support us in this complicated project.

Downtown Thorold Streetscape Master Plan

The consultants listened to the community and recorded their input accurately and in detail. The consultants incorporated in detail the views of the community in their (Downtown Thorold Streetscape Master Plan) report. The concept drawings which were displayed are excellent.

John Picard, owner of Picard's Peanuts.

We were running into problems with our planning applications, so we contacted GSP Group. With their experience and guidance, they were able to put together the right team to address issues and successfully attain the necessary approvals. GSP Group won me over with their knowledge and resolution of issues in the complexities of approvals so that I could get on with my passion for making beer and kettle chips from farm products grown locally.

 

Awards

GSP Group Senior Designer Steve Loughran receives a Canadian Association of Certified Professional Planners Award for his work on the Hunt Club Estates Neighbourhood in Cambridge.

Community Design Award for Hunt Club Estates

The Canadian Association of Certified Planning Technicians presented GSP Group Senior Designer Steve Loughran, CPT, with a Community Design Award for his work on the Hunt Club Estates Neighbourhood mixed-use community in Cambridge. Based on input from stakeholders and the public, Steve prepared a draft plan of subdivision, zoning schedules, severance sketches, trail plans, detailed concept plans, and 3D models. His 3D visualizations helped resolve issues and reach consensus toward changing land use policy and zoning. Details are available here.... Read More

Members of the Barton-Tiffany Design team led by GSP Group during the Hamilton Urban Design Awards.

Barton-Tiffany Earns Urban Design Award for Excellence

GSP Group and its design team received a Hamilton Urban Design Award for Excellence in Community Planning for a study of the Barton-Tiffany downtown neighbourhood. The study involved consultation looking at opportunities for ways to regenerate the West Harbour area. The jury noted the innovative approach knits the former industrial area into the fabric of the surrounding community through streets and public spaces. “The jury praises the balanced approach of promoting a modest scale of development that will not siphon up density within one area. The study envisions a low-rise and mid-rise form of mixed use, transit oriented development planned around a network of high... Read More

GSP Group prepared a streetscape master plan and urban design guidelines for Downtown Thorold. The project received an honourable mention at the 2014 Niagara Community Design Awards.

Distinction for Downtown Thorold Design

The Downtown Thorold Streetscape Master Plan led by GSP Group received a Niagara Community Design Awards honourable mention. The plan recommends improvements to accessibility, pedestrian infrastructure and consideration of a new linear open space through the downtown. The Review Committee described this project as an inspiration for other communities. The plan builds on recent private developments and considers how public space can support further investment, re-investment and intensification within the core.... Read More

Sustainability

GSP Group supports sustainable development through our designs, land use and policy work, and community engagement. Whenever possible, we incorporate low impact design into landscape projects, support alternative energy generation initiatives, promote transit-oriented development, and encourage sustainable policy directives.

We also have to do our part.

In November 2016, GSP Group joined the Regional Sustainability Initiative. This is the flagship program of Sustainable Waterloo Region. It helps businesses establish and maintain sustainable practices to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

GSP Group is at the “building” stage of the program. We are researching and recording current practices to understand how we impact our carbon footprint. To do this, we established a Green Team which meets regularly to promote and implement sustainable actions in the office. We no longer buy single-use water bottles. We encourage litterless lunches. We are printing less. And, we are walking, cycling and using public transit to commute.

We have more work to do, and look forward to moving ahead in the program.

Professional Associations

Affiliations

Careers

Landscape Architect - Kitchener

We are looking for a Landscape Architect with 2 to 5 years of experience to join our team located in Downtown Kitchener’s Innovation District.

Our ideal candidate will have experience in a wide range of landscape architecture projects, from conceptual design to detail design and contract administration including site inspections and attending project meetings as required. You will assist in preparing presentations and community consultation. You must have a degree in Landscape Architecture, good communication and organizational skills, and proven capabilities in AutoCAD, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, 3D modeling, and SketchUp.

GSP Group has been providing community planning, urban design and landscape architecture services from our offices in downtown Kitchener and Hamilton for 24 years. Our love for shaping public outdoor spaces is showcased in our prominent public realm projects in Southern Ontario.

We are an employee-owned firm offering competitive salaries and benefits. We have planned and designed some of the most important public spaces in Waterloo Region. We are looking for someone to join our team who shares our creative approach to sustainable landscape design through a range of projects including master planning, urban plazas, parks, streetscapes, trails and campus outdoor spaces.

Qualified applicants are invited to send a cover letter, resume and portfolio in PDF format in confidence to gsp@gspgroup.ca or to GSP Group Inc., 201-72 Victoria Street South, Kitchener, ON N2G 4Y9, Attn: Human Resources Manager, and marked Landscape Architect Position. We would like to hear from you by September 20, 2019.

We thank all those who submit applications, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.