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Glory Days Rebecca Smith Garden Design & Consultancy

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Art of Stone Bluefish Landscaping

12 Tranquil Retreat Grace Landscapes

FEBRUARY 2015

MARCH 2015

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On Reflection Water Gems

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Wild Thing Acres Wild

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The New Modern Charlotte Rowe

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Inside Out Cassandra Crouch Design

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On The Level Gavin Jones Ltd

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Full Circle Greenspace Garden Design

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Pay It Forward Ground Control

APRIL 2015

MAY 2015

JUNE 2015

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Golden Path Cube 1994 Garden Design

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Pave The Way Elite Landscapes Ltd

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Clean Living Catherine Clancy Inspired Gardens

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Sculpting The Landscape Stewart Landscape Construction

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Sitting Comfortably James Bird Landscapes

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Woodland Retreat Garden House Design

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Sitting Pretty M&N Horticulture

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Liquid Assets John Davies Landscapes

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Natural Beauty Sue Townsend Garden Design

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Cotteridge Park Quadron Services

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Into The Wild The Landscape Group

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Going Green Stephen A Ryan Landscape Design

JULY 2015

AUGUST 2015

113 Passing Attraction Julian Barclay Ltd

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Light Touch Bowood Landscapes

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Higher Ground Oakley Landscapes

102 Just Beachy Sunderland City Council

116 Outdoor Living Longview Design

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In Harmony TS Landscapes

106 Full Flow Roger Gladwell

120 Talk Of The Town Quadron Services

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The People’s Palace John O’Conner

109 Beside The Sea ISS Facility Services Landscaping

123 On Top Form WoodBlocX

OCTOBER 2015

The Good Life Artscape Design & Build

SEPTEMBER 2015

NOVEMBER 2015

DECEMBER 2015

127 Over The Hills Polley Garden Design

140 Sea Change Frogheath Landscapes

154 City Blues Josh Ward Garden Design

130 Point Of View David Keegan Garden Design

144 Shades Of Grey Greenscapes UK

158 Emerald City Indoor Garden Design

134 Stone Circle Willowbrook Landscapes

147 Learning Curve Bournville Village Landscapes

161 On The Waterfront LDA Design

137 Civic Partnership Glendale Liverpool

151 On Top Form Blakedown Landscapes (SE) Ltd

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Screening, privacy and the clients’ memories of old-fashioned cottage gardens packed with colourful borders and scented flowers were key to this formal garden’s design PORTFOLIO 2015 / Pro Landscaper 5

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he clients spent much of their childhood in both Kenya and the South of France and wanted a formal garden influenced by their memories of old-fashioned gardens full of scent and colour. They requested traditional plants such as repeat-flowering roses in soft, pastel colours, clematis, lavender and box hedging to create a scented courtyard to be used for outdoor dining for their family of young boys and for more formal entertaining. Both clients are keen gardeners and do much of the work in the garden themselves. As this area of the garden is overlooked by many windows of the house and also from both the office and flat, planting needed to be predominately evergreen and hold its own through the winter months. Special attention also had to be paid to screening across the garden, as the flat is tenanted. The client was very involved in the design process – she had strong ideas of the look she was after for the garden.

Design and build Key aspects to consider on this job were screening and privacy. As mentioned previously, it was a small space and overlooked by tenants. The rose swags helped to blur the site lines across the garden between the house and flat, as well as adding essential height to the scheme. A pair of pleached malus trees were planted to help screen the neighbour’s bathroom window from the evening sitting area. The existing garden was slightly tired and dominated by a large concrete slab that was surrounded by different types of paving, all of which breached the damp-proof course of the cottage and had to be removed from the site. All levels were reconciled to appropriate heights and a combination of paving and shingle was laid to create an area that needed less maintenance than the lawn had required. The existing paving was lifted and cleaned for reuse in the client’s vegetable garden.

ABOUT REBECCA SMITH GARDEN DESIGN & CONSULTANCY Rebecca Smith Garden Design & Consultancy is based in rural north Hampshire but carries out projects across the South of England, ranging from multi-acre sites to tiny back gardens. Rebecca received her diploma in horticulture from the English Gardening School in 2006 and trained in Garden Design at the Garden Design School in Painshill Park in 2007/8.

www.rsgardendesign.co.uk

1 View to the entrance of the flat across the newly completed garden 2 View to the flat entrance after the perennials were planted 3 Before: awkward lawn and differences in levels 4 After planting the buxus and lavender hedges 5 Before: view to the entrance to the flat shows different paving and general lack of cohesion in the garden

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PROJECT DETAILS Project value ÂŁ10,000 Build time 9 months Size of project 128.5m2

REFERENCES Garden designer

Lavender

Rebecca Smith

Long Barn Lavender

Wyck Farmhouse, Wyck Lane, Wyck, Alton, Hampshire GU34 3AL Tel 07985 290630 Web www.rsgardendesign.co.uk

The Old Sheep Fair, Bishops Sutton Road, Alresford, Hants SO24 9EJ Tel 01962 738684 Email orders@longbarn.co.uk Web www.longbarn.co.uk

Landscape contractor James Green Bsc Hort Greener Landscapes Ltd

Paving and shingle

Springfield, Woodrove, Twyford, Winchester SO21 1EX Tel 01962 711236; 07803 297896 Email info@greenerlandscapes.co.uk Web www.greenerlandscapes.co.uk

Old Station Yard, London Road, Kings Worthy, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 7QA Tel 01962 883708 Email sales@worthysandandballast.co.uk Web www.worthysandandballast.co.uk

Pleached trees Griffin Nurseries

Worthy Sand and Ballast

Tel 01428 741655 Email enquiries@griffinnurseries.co.uk Web www.griffinnurseries.co.uk

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Domestic Garden Construction Cost £250k & Best Newcomer

ART OF STONE PROJECT DETAILS Project value £275,000 Build time 44 weeks Size of project 615m2

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BLUEFISH LANDSCAPING A mix of York stone and moving water was used to transform the south and west terraces of this impressive Arts and Crafts property

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ldwick Copse is a substantial and impressive house that has been significantly extended and refurbished to a high specification. Externally, the property is in the Arts and Crafts style, with attractive mixed elevations of brick, tile and exposed timber; corbelled chimneys under a plain tiled roof were originally designed by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, who was so influential in this part of the country.

The client instructed the design services of Michael Edwards Architects, who had worked with Bluefish Landscaping on many occasions, and a Belgian landscape architect company, Avantgarden. The brief Both architects were given the same brief and the main conclusions were that the design needed to: ● Create a bigger living/entertaining area around the west and south sides of the house www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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help disguise the traffic noise from the main road at the front of the property ● Include planting and lawns to soften the hard landscaped areas on the terraces, due to there being a difference in levels between the new terraces and the existing garden ● Include one disabled access point from the terrace into the main living room area ● Make a big effort to ensure the right materials were used to complement the period of the house After the initial set of drawings were completed and agreed by the client, the brief then evolved further on a week by week basis, www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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which was quite an intense process. BlueFish Landscaping was the main contractor for the project and oversaw the day to day running and organising of the project. It dealt with sub-contractors for specific specialist jobs and any problems that arose. The deadline and budget was set by the client at the beginning of the contract and BlueFish Landscaping was able to complete the project on time and within budget. The company provides a full management service with all its contracts which meant it was able to relieve the client of all day to day queries, and in doing so BlueFish Landscaping managed to exceed the client’s expectations.

Site access At the start of the project there was a turning circle within the driveway. It was decided to remove this to help with the logistics of moving delivery lorries around the site. On completion of the project this was reinstated and it has now been extensively planted.

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A lot of care and consideration had to be taken when building the terraces due to the maturity of the surrounding gardens and lawns of the property. BlueFish Landscaping set a perimeter boundary of 1.2m around the new terrace walls so that it limited the damage to the surrounding lawns. Any damage caused to the lawns within the boundary was then reinstated and now look as good as new. Unusual features One of the main features of the new design was the large scale water feature on the west terrace. Due to its size and the weight of the water contained within it, a lot of thought had to be put into the way the main floor and walls were constructed. Hollow concrete blocks containing steel reinforcing rods were filled with concrete and used to form some of the internal walls of the water feature. The main outer walls and floor were constructed from steel cages linked together with steel reinforcing bars, and then shuttering was built to form the walls. Wet concrete was then pumped between the shuttering to form the walls and floor. At each stage of the construction it was necessary to keep an eye on where the concrete walls needed to stop and the dry stone walls needed to start, so that it didn’t jar when filled with water. The majority of the walls were rendered inside the water feature, but the walls within the centre pond were clad using a sawn York stone, which were then grouted and sealed.

ABOUT BLUEFISH LANDSCAPING BlueFish Landscaping & Equestrian Development Ltd is a landscape contractor operating throughout Surrey and the South East. Our team of highly skilled and dedicated cra tsmen combined with awless pro ect management ensures pro ects are completed to the highest of standards. Our expertise, experience, reputation and capability are such that we can take your garden from concept to completion encompassing construction excellence with meticulous attention to detail.

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Glass reinforced plastic (grp) was used for the waterproof lining throughout the water feature. Again, thought was required at this stage as some walls needed to be watertight out of the water so that they were waterproof at a different point in another level of the water feature. The two main ponds’ extensive filtration systems and the necessary pipes and cable were built in at the different stages throughout its construction. A series of Oase foaming jets in the two main ponds, along with all the pipework to service them, were installed by BlueFish Landscaping. The pipework within the middle pond was concealed by a suspended floor which was tiled using the sawn York stone. Another main focal point on the west terrace was the centre spiral. This was made up of six cut pieces of new York stone (all cut on a radius), mitred Michelmersh 50mm pavers and Michelmersh tiles laid on edge. All materials were cut on site.

Unexpected problems As the footings for the retaining walls of the west terrace were dug, BlueFish Landscaping started to come across the drainage pipes that took away rainwater from the house. It was decided that the best solution was to completely renew the drainage run out of the way. So they rerouted the pipework, dug a new soakaway and overcame the problem. As there were two different landscape architects involved with this project the company was often presented with alternative designs proposed at each stage of the project. On occasions this made progress awkward, but with various meetings BlueFish was able to accommodate and incorporate elements from both architects. Levels As the proposed new levels of the terraces were to be 1.5m higher than the existing lawn level at its highest point, a lot of planning had to be put into how the build up of the terrace areas was to be achieved. Over time the built up areas couldn’t subside and cause extensive damage to the rest of the areas. www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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JANUARY 2015 PORTFOLIO 1 Constructing the south terrace 2 James Fish at his drawing board 3 Construction of the reinforced concrete block retaining walls to form the perimeter of the west terrace 4 Setting out the brick edging detail that will form the centre spiral and brick paving 5 Setting out the new levels and lines of the west terrace 6 NewYork stone paving has been cut on a radial measurement to form part of the centre detail 7 Construction of the York dry stone walling and piers

All of the hard landscaping was firstly filled with clean crushed hardcore. This was compacted in layers to achieve the best compaction rate. Once at the correct level the hardcore was blinded over with a 125mm layer of MOT type 1 – this again was compacted in layers. The final part of the build up and the finish of the sub base was a reinforced concrete cap. This was 125mm thick and incorporated a reinforcing mesh that was tied together with steel banding. The concrete was levelled and the use of a vibrating poker helped to take the air out of the concrete, which also strengthens it. The areas that were turfed and planted were initially half filled with top soil, some of which had been created on site and some of which was bought in from a recycled source. This was left for approximately 12 weeks, in which time it settled and was then ready to be topped up again. Over the following 15 weeks this soil level was added to, slowly building it up to the required finished level. The build up could be carried out in this way as the company was on site for 44 weeks, and the risk of further settlement within these areas was greatly reduced as a result.

REFERENCES Main contractor

Pond suppliers

BlueFish Landscaping & Equestrian Development Ltd

FTS Aquatics Ltd

26 Chestnut Ave, Farnham, Surrey GU9 8UL Tel 01252 321511 Mob 07799 218286 Web www.bluefishlandscapes.co.uk

Unit C Prospect Commercial Park Alresford SO24 9QF Tel 0844 8001860 Web www.ftsaquatics.co.uk Plant supply and landscaping Avantgarden

Landscape architect Frances & Michael Edwards Architects

Roysted, Hambledon Road, Busbridge, Hydestile, Godalming, Surrey GU8 4AY Tel 01483 423455

Wijnegemhof 1, 2110 Wijnegem, Belgium Tel 032 3353 6864 Web www.avantgarden.be Aggregate supply JR Morris Aggregates

Tel 07831 811186 Chambers Aggregates

Tel 01483 504595 Stone Supplier

Type of stone ● New York walling stone was used for the dry stone walls ● New York riven paving was used for the main paving areas ● New York riven paving was used for the wall coping, this was machine cut to the correct width and thickness ● Michelmersh 50mm clay pavers were laid on edge to form the brick paving areas and centre detailing www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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B&S Natural Stone Ltd

Pond GRP Fibreglassing

Newbrook Farm, Pound Lane, Upper Beeding, West Sussex BN44 3JD Tel 01903 810420 Web www.bandsnaturalstoneltd.co.uk

Gee-Grp

Unit 5A Friths Farm, Colchester Road, Stones Green, EssexCO12 5DF Tel 07899 856291 Web www.gee-grpfibreglassing.co.uk

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TRANQUIL RETREAT KIRKWOOD HOSPICE GARDEN BY GRACE LANDSCAPES Skillful management and a sensitive touch ensured these new gardens at a hospice in Huddersfield exceeded all expectations

PROJECT DETAILS Project value ÂŁ183k Build time Two months Size of project 2,2000m2

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n October 2011 planning permission was granted to build a 16 bed inpatient extension at Kirkwood Hospice, Huddersfield, with improved external landscape, private courtyard views and accessible gardens. Planning for the garden commenced when the public were asked what they would like to see in the garden at the hospice spring fair in 2012. This was followed by an open evening where service users past and present were asked what features of the garden were important for them as users. These ideas, along with those of staff, volunteers and neighbours were used to put together the design brief. Jeremy Parker from Fira Landscape Architecture had to pull together the requirements of the communities who had put forward their ideas in order to produce a scheme that would satisfy them all. The existing garden at Kirkwood had evolved through the dedication and hard work of a group of garden volunteers who had planted and tended the grounds to provide a tranquil corner for all. They were devastated to lose the majority of their garden to the new development but Jeremy consulted

1 The existing tree surrounded by new paths 2 Garden from the seating area 3 Labyrinth with tulips

SITE CONSTRAINTS ● Due consideration and sensitivity to the residents was

required and noisy, disruptive activities were mindfully carried out during acceptable hours. ● Access This was restricted due to multiple contractors on

site and all contractors had to access the site through a temporary hole in the boundary wall. Daily meeting were held with the main contractor to provide logistics for deliveries and site activities. All sub contract trades had to be programmed in accurately to avoid overlap and delay. ● The old concrete pond This had been constructed in the

lowest part of the garden and was prone to flooding from the adjacent stream. In order to overcome the likely risk of further flooding a robust concrete head wall had to be designed and implemented before the installation of a custom made butyl liner. This was naturalistically disguised using local sandstone and river washed cobbles. The head wall had to be carefully positioned to avoid encroachment under the new resin bound gravel pathway which had been designed to circulate the garden taking in the back of the pond.

4 Garden rooms 5 Tulips with the bridge in the background

● Site services Both existing and new including the

6 A view across the garden to the hospice buildings

sewerage pipe meant that the pond position had to be adjusted on site to avoid any future problems. PRINCIPAL WINNER

Community and Schools Development and Outstanding Charitable Contribution

● Levels Previously sloping ground had to be remodelled

in order to accommodate the new pathways and the links to and from the new bridge over the pond. Lack of space under the new gabion walls meant that the positioning of the bridge had to be exact to allow the paths to be installed at the correct width for wheelchair and bed access. ● New planters The elevated position and sloping

garden rooms of the new extension created complications with the placing of the preconstructed painted timber planters. To set the planters level the feet were raised, creating unsightly gaps. These were later filled in with painted timber skirts to match. ● Memorial block and pavers The original design

incorporated both in the same path but due to incompatibility in size an alternative was required. The solution was to create an entire brick paver path and included the granite blocks laid flush in the resin bound path under the tree. ● Existing planting This was to be retained meaning that

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with them at every stage and Grace Landscapes Chairman, Tim Grace, consoled individuals and positively promoted the new garden at weekly meetings. Many shrubs had sentimental value and were carefully lifted, stored at Grace Landscapes and designed back into the new scheme before being replanted. The volunteers were taken on nursery visits to introduce ideas for the new planting scheme and their thoughts taken into account. Tim Grace worked with them to improve the existing garden, helping to dovetail it into the new development. Construction During the construction period, it became obvious that the design would need to be changed to suit the site conditions, incorporate new ideas and overcome unforeseen problems. Routes of paths were amended to minimise gradients and give access for all, whether on foot, in a wheelchair or bed. Extra paths were added to allow bed access between the existing car park and the garden rooms. They also had to marry in with existing permanent structures, planting and services. The pond had to be altered to accommodate an existing water inlet from the neighbouring stream with a head wall designed on site. With limited access due to the interface with the main contractor and a short contract period, decisions had to be made quickly and acted upon immediately if the deadline was to be met.

ABOUT GRACE LANDSCAPES Established in 1978, Grace Landscapes Ltd o ers a comprehensive and pro essional service including construction, maintenance and design and build Our aim is to work with clients to provide a scheme to meet their specification and e pectations be a ordable but o a uality that we are proud to put our name to We specialise in high uality construction and maintenance schemes and have achieved national recognition including five rincipal and BALI Awards The company is S and E S accredited

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Outcome The volunteers have really taken the new garden to their hearts; a joint venture between them and Grace Landscapes has seen the construction of new raised beds adjacent to the main entrance and a vegetable garden to provide fresh produce for the patients. Recently retired Joint Chief Executive Christine

regular basis. Patients and their relatives can enjoy a moment of peace away from the harsh reality of the hospice inpatients wing. Staff can also take a well-earned break from a tough day, clear their heads and take stock of things. There is no barrier between inside and out; the garden has been brought into the hospice and has become a major talking point both locally and nationally. “The landscaping and garden rooms look great. The family of one patient was quite overwhelmed when their father was able to go out into the sun and appreciate the gardens in a wheelchair. It was something they thought they would never see. What a testimonial to the Grace Team and Jeremy! We love it! Thank you so much.” Hilary Turner, Joint Chief Executive

Springthorpe couldn’t believe how much bigger the garden feels despite being smaller. It considerably exceeded her expectations, making the area accessible and an enjoyable space. There has been much positive feedback, including a listener to local radio calling in to say what an excellent job Grace Landscapes had done in developing such a beautiful and functional garden for so many to benefit from. The finished garden has truly surpassed everyone’s hopes and benefited the community as a whole. For the first time in five years, the hospice was able to hold its annual Light Up A Life celebration in its own grounds. Hundreds of people walked round the garden holding candles, making for an unforgettable and emotional December evening. With the improved access residents of the neighbouring Oxfield Court, a learning centre for disabled adults, now use and enjoy the garden on a

“Over the last 12 months we have worked very closely with Grace Landscapes in the design, development and planting of our new garden following the rebuilding of the inpatient unit. Grace Landscapes, under the personal direction of Tim Grace, has developed a fantastic garden for the hospice which is a delight to the eye and will be of immense benefit to the patients, all of whom can now look out from their beds onto some part of this splendid floral extravaganza. The choice of plants and their layout is just beginning to demonstrate its beauty for the first time. Along with the newly laid lawns and the new resin footpaths, we are going to have a show garden that both the gardeners, the hospice and the patients can be justly proud of. We have held weekly meetings with Tim Grace and he has guided us in what we should be doing in our garden and at the same time he has agreed to any request that we have given him. Grace Landscapes has gone the extra mile to be helpful and to make a splendid success of this garden. It has been our pleasure to work with them.” Stephen Bailey, Volunteer Gardener May 2014

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REFERENCES

1 Grace Landscapes’ granite block set in resin 2 How the garden looked prior to work 3 Setting out the labyrinth 4 The pond in front of the hospice

5 Block paving, old and new

Main contractor

Steel edging

Grace Landscapes

Kinley Systems

7 Leeds Rd, Mirfield, West Yorkshire WF14 0BY Tel 01924 481200 Web www.gracelandscapes.com

Haywood Way, Hastings, East Sussex TN35 4PL Tel 01424 201111 Web www.kinleysystems.com

6 Placed granite blocks set in tarmac

Landscape Architects

7 Planted banking

Fira Ltd

8 The pond during construction 9 Planting taking place

Jewellery Business Centre, 95 Spencer Street, Birmingham B18 6DA Tel 01215 231033 Web www.fira-la.com

Planters Street Design

Plants Knowl Park Nurseries

Knowl Road, Mirfield, West Yorkshire WF14 9UU Tel 01924 481200 Web www.knowlpark.co.uk Bridge CTS bridges

Abbey Road, Shepley, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD8 8BX Tel 01484 606416 Web www.ctsbridges.co.uk

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Unit 47 Hayhill Industrial Estate, Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire LE12 8LD Tel 01509 815335 Web www.street-design.com Resin-bonded paving SureSet

32 Deverill Road, Trading Estate, Sutton Veny, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 7BZ Tel 0800 612 6501 Web www.sureset.co.uk

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ON REFLECTION WATER GEMS Water Gems transformed the garden of this Edinburgh townhouse from an overgrown storage dump into a practical mix of classic and modern

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PRINCIPAL WINNER

Domestic Garden Construction Cost Between £30K – £60K

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he clients requested a low maintenance garden that would provide them with flowers, foliage, seasonal interest, and fruit and vegetables. They required storage, a secure back gate, compost bins, lighting and a seating area. A bird bath was suggested as a low maintenance means of adding reflecting water to the garden and a polished sandstone patio was included to give a close match to internal floor tiles. The clients live in the US and so were not on site during construction. All communication was carried out via email. The contract The designer and the clients wished to have all work carried out as smoothly as possible and so Water Gems coordinated all trades. The garden was cleared of all vegetation. It was completely overgrown and had been used as a storage and working area during the renovation of the house. A stonemason was brought in to repair pointing and copes. Stone from an internal wall that had been taken down was used to repair the garden walls. Electrical work was carried out by a garden lighting specialist, the scorched oak bench top was created by local craftswoman Michaela Huber, and plants were supplied through the garden designer. All other work was carried out by Water Gems.

ABOUT WATER GEMS Water Gems is an award-winning landscape and water feature specialist. We are based in Edinburgh and work all over Scotland creating beautiful gardens and stunning water features. In recent years we have built two gold medal-winning show gardens at Gardening Scotland and have been regular national BALI award winners.

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edges had been delicately planted up by residents in the neighbouring properties and this had to be protected. Nonetheless, Water Gems managed not only to get a micro digger into the garden, but to keep all neighbours on board despite the disruption, noise and access issues. One neighbour even allowed Water Gems to use her parking space for the duration of the build to ease the situation. She received a large bouquet of flowers at the end of the project! A second issue was the question of soil quality. It was unclear whether or not the soil within the garden would be good enough to reuse in the raised beds and so a clause was put into the contract offering to make a substantial reduction in the event that it was possible both to get a digger into the garden and to reuse the existing soil. We were able to do both. Clients’ satisfaction The clients have been delighted with the work carried out. They have been overwhelmed by the quality of the workmanship and attention to detail from Water Gems. Keeping the neighbours happy was another main concern and they are relieved that relations have actually improved rather than deteriorated as a result of the garden project. They have also been delighted that despite not being on site, work was carried out to a very high standard and to the planned timescales.

Construction detail The Cedec pathways around the garden were laid over the correct depth of hardcore but with planting holes left for a number of trees planted through the Cedec. Bespoke woven and welded rebar raised beds were created in situ. The garden shed was designed and built by Water Gems using locally sourced larch in the vernacular style to contrast with the contemporary materials elsewhere. Two compost bins were installed at the rear of the garden with soil bases. The solid garden gate was constructed from oak, matching the material of the bench and the vernacular style of the shed. Construction difficulties The main issue for this garden was that a narrow passage and low doorway on the rear wall of the garden was the only available access. The passageway also posed the problem that the www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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PROJECT DETAILS Project value ÂŁ46k Build time April 2013 to March 2014 Size of project 170m2

REFERENCES Designer

Garden lighting

Secret Gardens Carolyn Grohmann

MGD Electrical

11/2 The Steils, Edinburgh EH10 5XD Tel 07796 457 537 Email cgrohmann@yahoo.co.uk Web www.secretgardensdesign.co.uk

8 Barons Gate, Bothwell, Glasgow G71 8SJ Tel 07973343844 Web www.mgdelectrical.co.uk Scorched oak bench top Michaela Huber

Landscaper and bespoke shed Water Gems Alba Ltd

2a East Craigie Farm, Dalmeny Estate, South Queensferry EH30 9TQ Tel 0131 317 8585 Email nick@watergems.co.uk robin@watergems.co.uk Web: www.watergems.co.uk

The New Cabinetworks No 22 Workshop, Newbattle Abbey Midlothian EH22 3LJ Tel 0131 660 9534 Web www.michaela-huber.co.uk Repointing of garden walls Sousa Stonemason

Tel 07529344520 Email sousabuilding@gmail.com Web www.sousabuilding.co.uk

Paving slabs CED Ltd

Plants

Castlecary Depot, Allandale Falkirk FK42HJ Tel 01324 841321 Email castlecary@ced.ltd.co.uk Web www.ced.ltd.uk

Binny plants

Binny Estate, Ecclesmachan, West Lothian EH52 6NL Tel 01506 858931 Email contact@binnyplants.com Web www.binnyplants.com

1 Polished sandstone slabs, scorched oak bench and Urbis Design lily bowl

7 Overhead view of spiralling bench and patio area

Bird bath bowl

Wildflowers

Urbis Design

Scotia Seeds

2 Annual wildflower mix from Scotia Seeds

8 Rebar raised bed with Carex elata aura planting

30 Full Sutton Industrial Estate, Full Sutton, York Y041 1HS Tel 01759 373839 Web www.urbisdesign.co.uk

Mavisbank, Farnell, Brechin, Angus DD9 6TR Tel 01356 626425 Email scotiaseeds@btconnect.com Web www.scotiaseeds.co.uk

3 Urbis Design lily bowl as a bird bath

9 Completed rebar raised beds

4 Setting out the rebar raised beds

10 Urbis Design lily bowl, scorched oak bench and planting of box balls and Stipa tenuissima

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5 View from back of garden before work began 6 Block work for random rubble bench

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THE NEW MODERN CHARLOTTE ROWE Charlotte Rowe uses formal planting and swathes of limestone to bring an uninspiring London garden bang up-to-date

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his was a large, long established 650m² garden in Wimbledon, South West London, with a number of mature trees and shrubs, some in poor condition. The terrace was paved with old York stone that had seen

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better days, there was a garden house that was attractive but located in the wrong place and a large lawn surrounded by beds. The garden was underused and aesthetically not on a par with the house and its interiors. The clients wanted a more stylish, classically contemporary garden with formal, clipped planting and they particularly wanted to include a fireplace, a dining area and a pétanque court. We created an upper terrace of buff coloured English limestone with a long water feature cutting through it, surrounded

with ‘cloud’ planting of Buxus sempervirens. The water falls over the edge of the stone down a 1.2m water wall of deep brown polished granite. At the end of the garden the water feature is mirrored by a long polished granite strip in the ground with a vertical monolith, acting as a focal point from the house. Below the terrace at ground level is the partially enclosed, private fireplace garden with a western red cedar arbour and a log fire as its main focus. We designed a wide built-in day bed for which we commissioned a mattress and cushions in outdoor fabric to match the cushions of the teak armchairs. There is also a store cupboard. Next to the fireplace garden is the full size pétanque court, planted with tall multi-stem Amelanchier lamarckii trees which are uplit at night and bounded by a row of box pleached www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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Carpinus betulus. To fulfil the client’s wish for formal planting, we created a structural garden using ‘green architecture’ in the form of hornbeam, yew and buxus hedging to give a layered effect. The planting uses a limited colour palette of greens, limes and creams featuring clipped Pittosporum tobira ‘Nanum’, Ilex crenata, Prunus lusitanica, Hebe parviflora angustifolia and Myrtus communis tarentina interplanted with perennials and ground covers. A number of existing trees were removed and replaced with mature specimens including a Parrotia persica and a Fraxinus angustifolia ‘Raywood’ as well as a wonderful mature Osmanthus heterophyllus and box pleached and fastigiate Carpinus betula. In total more than 20 new trees were planted in the garden. www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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Project value Hard landscaping and lighting £160k Soft landscaping and planting £70k

Construction challenges ● The terrace to the rear Build time of the house was 1.3m January to July 2012 above the main part of the garden. For this Size of project SHORTLISTED 650m2 reason we decided to put the water feature on two levels. We could not be sure of the stability of the 1 Island beds on terrace with cloud planting sub-structure of the terrace until the York and reflection water feature. Timber arbour stone had been removed, so test pits were in background first excavated to ascertain what works were 2 Row of fastigate Carpinus and low Buxus hedging with subtle garden lighting glimpsed needed. Although the existing retaining wall through formal row of box-pleached Carpinus could not be used as it was neither 3 Fireplace seating area with timber structure structurally sound nor parallel with the overhead and horizontal screens on two sides house, the remedial works were ultimately 4 Island bed with cloud planting and reflection not extensive. However, the provisional sum water feature allowed for the terrace did increase. Photographs © Marianne Majerus PORTFOLIO 2015 / Pro Landscaper 21

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ABOUT CHARLOTTE ROWE Award-winning London based garden designer Charlotte Rowe started her studio in 2004 after training as a landscape designer in Oxford. Since then she has worked on urban and rural design projects in the UK and overseas including an olive estate in Northern Italy and roof terraces in Manhattan. Her work has featured in a number of TV garden and design programmes, in newspapers and magazines as well as specialist books. She won a Gold for her show garden at last year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, ‘No Man’s Land’.

www.charlotterowe.com

● In total, 13 different stones were considered.

Baycliff Lord from Burlington Stone in Cumbria had been the first choice and was ultimately what was used, but as it is a relatively expensive option the client wanted to explore other possibilities before making a final decision. The limestone we had specified for the upper terrace varies in colour from slab to slab so this needed to be selected and laid very carefully to achieve the look we were after. ● We decided to use self-binding gravel for the pétanque court which presented a few problems as it took two attempts to achieve the correct colour and texture. ● The design required the garden house to be uplifted and relocated and this was carried out successfully. However, the garden entrance was narrow and would not permit the delivery of some of the larger, more mature trees. Rather than crane them in, the gateway was widened instead by removing some of the brick wall and a more generous gate was designed and constructed. 22

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Formal planting beds outside the window to be planted with existing climbers and small evergreen structural plants such as a Laurus nobilis, Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’ or Buxus globe

Two steps down to fireplace seating area with timber structure overhead and horizontal screens on two sides. Garden side to be kept open to allow view to be seen. Storage space for cushions to be built under the staircase and a large shelf or cupboard opposite the fireplace to balance this. Log store on either side of the fireplace. Retaining wall on garden side can be used as additional seating

Long gravel path leading to pétanque court with two rows of multistemmed Amelanchier trees and possibly two stone benches inbetween, mixed planting bed on one side Large planting bed with new large tree cloud planting next to the seating area to echo the upper to soften the boundary terrace. Moving towards the low Buxus hedge away from the fireplace, cloud planting gradually mixed with perennials and informal shrubs

FEBRUARY 2015 Formal lawn edged with long stone strips on two sides with low Buxus hedging at each end Tall horizontal trellis to screen relocated garden house Combination of hedging with tall Taxus (yew) to screen at the end, medium height hornbeam hedge, row of box pleached hornbeam next and low Buxus hedging in front

Three large planters planted with clipped Buxus Two steps up Terraced planting beds with evergreen hedges such as Taxus baccata (yew) to create layered vertical green and soften the retaining walls

Sculpture point at the end of the main gravel path

Eight steps up

Existing Salix Seating area in gravel terraces with insets of stone on two sides to create sense of enclosure

Dining room

Long rill of water cutting through the hedging with a dark stone wall at the end on the boundary with some kind of water spout. Existing Quercus suber Mixed planting bed with some existing trees and shrubs

Orangery

Existing Gleditsia Existing Sorbus aria

Eight steps up

Row of large fastigate trees and low Buxus hedge along the edge of the lawn add formality

Existing Laurus

L-shape outdoor kitchen/bar with built-in BBQ with access gate to the side

Staircase to be clad in stone to match paving

Gravel path edged with tall evergreen hedging, for example Taxus (yew)

Mixed cloud planting bed with evergreen small shrubs and scented perennials including winter interest plants such as dogwood and hazel

DESIGN PLAN

Three large Island beds with cloud planting and reflection water feature cutting through the bed. Water feature to planters have stepping stone and infinity edge with water disappearing over the edge to the half-way raised bed to be uplit for dramatic effect at night, visible Outdoor dining area large from inside the enough for seating ten people REFERENCES orangery or more. Horizontal screens and overhead structure with Europlants Designer Stone paving pull-out canopy system to create enclosed ambience. Great North Rd, Charlotte Rowe Burlington Stone Screen to have a ‘picture Bell Bar. Nr Hatfield, 118 Blythe Road, Kirkby in Furness, window’ framing raised Herts AL9 6DA London W14 0LR Cumbria LA17 7UN planting bed behind, and Tel 01707 649996 Tel 020 7602 0660, Tel 01229 889661 additional trellis behind that. Light fittings and heating strips Email enquiries@europlants.net Email design@charlotterowe.com Email sales@burlingtonstone.co.uk possibly to be attached under Web www.europlants.net Web www.charlotterowe.com Web www.burlingtonstone.co.uk the overhead structure

Landscape contractor

Arbour and all joinery

Other planting

Garden Link

Garden Link

27 Lesbourne Road, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7JS Tel 01737 243224 Email enquiries@gardenlink.co.uk Web www.gardenlink.co.uk

27 Lesbourne Road, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7JS Tel 01737 243224, Email enquiries@gardenlink.co.uk Web www.gardenlink.co.uk

Evergreen Exterior Services

3 View across terrace before works

Lighting design

Trees

4 Back of the house from the terrace before works

Light IQ

Deepdale Trees Ltd

1 Rylett Studios, 77 Rylett Crescent, London W12 9RP Tel 020 8749 1900 Email enquiries@lightiq.com Web www.lightiq.com

Tithe Farm, Hatley Road, GB-Potton, Sandy SG19 2DX Tel 01767 262636 Email mail@deepdale-trees.co.uk Web www.deepdale-trees.co.uk

1 Petanque court with uplit multistemmed Amelanchier lamarckii with box-pleached trees in the background 2 Looking down the garden from the terrace before works

5 Lawn and house before commencement of work 6 Lawn and trees before works 7 Steps up to terrace before works

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Croydon Lane, Banstead, Surrey SM7 3BW Tel 020 8770 9200 Email admin@evergreenext.co.uk Web www.evergreenext.co.uk Hortus Loci

Hound Green, Hook, Hampshire RG27 8LQ Tel 0118 932 6495 Web www.hortusloci.co.uk

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WINNER

Hard Landscaping (Non-domestic) Cost over £1.5m

ON THE LEVEL GAVIN JONES LTD Gavin Jones Ltd’s spectacular restoration of Brighton park The Level has given a tired and run-down area of the city a new lease of life

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n 2012 Brighton and Hove City Council received a £2m National Lottery grant to develop The Level, an underused park in Brighton in need of investment. Gavin Jones Ltd completely restored the 8.5 acre park, which now provides a thriving city centre open space including a children’s play area, fountains, sensory gardens and a new skatepark. Construction The site was split into two phases to minimise disruption. The landscape and associated works contract included: ● Demolition and removal of small buildings being used as the Ranger’s Hut, skate park ramps, play equipment, hard surfacing, old fencing and park furniture. ● Restoration of the 1930s configuration of the south end of the park, including the original symmetrical layout of the paths and planting beds and the two pavilion buildings, bridges, columns and pergolas.

PROJECT DETAILS

● Restoration of full footprint of the original boating

pond as a new interactive water fountain feature. ● Restoration of the dolphin lamps and shrub beds and improvements to the access ramp and surfaces at the south entrance. ● Replacement of fencing, gates, hedging, lawns, paths, lighting and seating throughout the site. ● Restoration of Rose Walk as a horticultural showpiece. ● Creation of a new sensory garden, lawns and pétanque area in the south end of the park. 1 Play area including woodland sculptures and bridge 2 Rope climbing net 3 Interactive water play feature 4 Play houses with seaside theme 5 Play area and sand pit with seaside theme

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Project value £2m Build time Aug 2012 to Sept 2013

ABOUT GAVIN JONES LTD Gavin Jones Ltd o ers a wide range o landscape services including commercial landscape installations and domestic landscape design and build commercial ground maintenance and treeworks The business operates rom the lantation ursery which o ers specimen plants and garden machinery to trade and retail customers Est and Royal Warrant olders The ueen

www.gavinjones.co.uk

Size of project 34,500m2

BALI Grand Award Winner 2013

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● Boundary planting around the new skate park.

REFERENCES

● Installation of new signage for information

Landscape architect

Russell Play

LUC (Land Use Consultants)

43 Chalton Street, London, NW1 1JD Tel 020 7383 5784 Email luc@landuse.co.uk Web www.landuse.co.uk

Bridgewater House, Market House, Market Place Ringwood, Hampshire BA24 1AP Tel 01590 675652 Email info@russell-play.com Web www.russell-play.com

Main contractor

Timber structures

Gavin Jones Ltd

Sarum Hardwood Structures Ltd

The Plantation, Woburn Hill, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 2QG Tel 01932 833866    Email matt.stevens@gavinjones.co.uk Web www.gavinjones.co.uk

Unit 1b, Chilbolton Down Farm, Stockbridge, Hampshire S020 6BU Tel 01264 811600 Email info@sarumhardwood.co.uk Web www.sarumhardwood.co.uk

Plants

Sculptures

Hillier Nurseries

Woodland Centre Ltd

Ampfield House, Ampfield, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 9PA Tel 01794 368733 Web www.hillier.co.uk

Whitestone Farm, Selsfield Road, West Hoathly, West Sussex RH19 4QN Tel 01342 810748 Web www.woodlandcentre.co.uk

and interpretation. ● New playground including supply of equipment and installation. Special requirements Public safety was of paramount importance during the works, safe access was provided along with clear signage and directions and protective perimeter fencing where necessary. We were very mindful of the site’s location and engaged with the necessary stakeholders, advising them of our delivery management system, working considerately, avoiding deliveries at peak times as well as noisy works in the morning or evenings. We engaged with these stakeholders through leaflet drops and site meetings. In addition to leaflets, the contracts manager also issued detailed monthly progress reports on the programme to ensure that the work was developing to schedule and to meet our and the client’s expectations. Due to the project being a National Lottery funded grant, materials were primarily specified by the client. However, where possible, if a like-for-like match could be found and agreed by the client then an alternative was used. Samples were submitted to the client for materials and products where alternatives were to be used.

W Crowder & Sons Ltd

Lincoln Road, Horncastle, Lincolnshire LN9 5LZ Tel 01507 525000 Web www.crowders.co.uk Play equipment

Turf Tillers Turf Ltd

Springwood Farm, Drinsey Nook Lane, Thorney, Newark NG23 7DP Tel 01522 704949 Web www.tillersturf.co.uk

Timberplay Ltd

1 Original play area

4 Original entrance

2 Original sand pit

5 Original pathway

3 Original boat pond

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Aizlewoods Mill, Nursery Street, Sheffield S3 8GG Tel 0114 282 3474 Email info@timberplay.com Web www.timberplay.com

Water features Waterscapes Ltd

1 Murray Court, Wincanton Business Park, Wincanton, Somerset BA9 Tel 01963 824166

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WILD THING ACRES WILD Acres Wild used local and imported stone to blend this exposed, multi-level site on Guernsey into its landscape and provide shelter from the elements

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cres Wild has designed a number of gardens on Guernsey but none perhaps quite as successfully or as atmospherically as the garden at Le Haut. The company was called in at an early stage as this traditional granite farmhouse, located among an intimate network of high banked lanes, was being extended and refurbished. This enabled them to address level issues relating to the house and garaging early on, making efficient use of machinery on site and informing the design of the exterior spaces and how they related to the interior. The brief, largely dictated by the exposure and steep level changes across the site, was to

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create a garden of sheltered spaces for outdoor family living and nestle the garden into its surrounding agricultural landscape. The garden is therefore inward looking to preserve shelter, creating internal vistas but with glimpsed external views where the opportunity existed to provide links with the surroundings. The client requested that the garden be clean and contemporary to reflect the interior of the house, but feel relaxed and comfortable to reflect the natural qualities of the site. A new

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and elevations for the garden. The staggered ground pattern responds to the scale and proportions of the house and is reflected in the level changes. The carefully detailed granite retaining walls unite the house and garden into a cohesive whole and nestle the garden into its setting. These walls, together with banks of lush, textured planting provide shelter and contain a series of linked spaces for a variety of activities – generous dining and entertaining, cosy sitting and reading and intimate swimming and sunbathing. All the spaces are linked by weathered stone paths and broad, elegant steps to create an air of permanence and generosity. The hard landscape materials, consisting mainly of reclaimed Yorkstone surfacing and

Post and rail fence

granite stone walling (salvaged from the site), are robust and simple to reflect the rugged nature of the island. Worn and riven Yorkstone is laid in a traditional pattern nearer to the house, with plants allowed to self-seed in some open joints (Erigeron, the little Mexican Daisy is seen self-seeded in walls all over Guernsey). This is contrasted with sawn Yorkstone laid in a regular pattern around the swimming pool, to impart a comfortable, practical and subtly contemporary flavour to this area of the garden. Island-sourced self-binding gravel is used to surface a sheltered courtyard, which furnished with a single plane tree and a simple bistro table evokes a strong sense of place and brings to mind the island’s proximity to France.

Line of existing wall

DESIGN PLAN

Hedge on bank

Curved bench

Woodland path

Willow

Focal point

Focal point

Swimming pool Bench

Boulder seats

Wildlife pond

Sitting terrace

Willow Oak Oak

Wildflower meadow

Front lawn

Mower shed

Retaining wall and bank

Guest Parking

Potager Parking

Access to road

Ramp

Courtyard

Le Haut

Pot

Shelter trees

Games room

Dining terrace

Hedge

Summerhouse

Mown grass path

Swing seat

Tree seat Holly

Deck

Willow

Hedge on bank

Chestnut

Stone steps

Stream

Additional Holm Oaks screen glasshouses

os Bambo

Gate

Oak

Existing Holm Oaks Access to field

The planting, while English in character, has a windswept and coastal flavour with a touch of French elegance. Staples such as lavender, astrantia, nepeta, roses, salvia, erigeron and geraniums were mixed with ornamental grasses and more exotic plants such as Agapanthus, Zantedeschia and Echiums to offer a hint of Brittany (where the client holidays each summer) creating a lush and heady, holiday atmosphere. The garden evolved directly from the natural qualities of the site and the personality of the client. Acres Wild met with the client and construction team regularly during the project, the installation went smoothly and three years on the garden continues to delight. It has just picked up the SGD 2014 International Award.

Ashes

Hedge extension to screen social club

Existing Holm Oaks on bank Hedge on bank

Existing Holm Oak hedge

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WINNER

Arch through wall Traditional greenhouse Soft fruit Random stone path Location of existing garage

INTERNATIONAL AWARD

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ABOUT ACRES WILD Debbie Roberts studied landscape architecture before starting Acres Wild with Ian Smith in 1988. Acres Wild specialises in the design and masterplanning of larger country gardens. The practice philosophy is to sensitively respond to client needs and integrate the garden into its surroundings with plants and materials appropriate to the character and location of the site. This approach has resulted in numerous design awards and media interest.

PROJECT DETAILS

www.acreswild.co.uk

Project value Undisclosed, in excess of £250K Build time 2009 masterplan – 2012 completion of planting on site Size of project 8100m2 (two acres)

REFERENCES Designer

Reclaimed Yorkstone

Roses

Debbie Roberts Acres Wild Ltd

Stone UK Limited

David Austin Roses Ltd,

1 Helm Cottages, Nuthurst, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 6RG Tel (01403) 891 084 Email enquiries@acreswild.co.uk Website www.acreswild.co.uk

Green Lane West, Garstang, Lancashire PR3 1NJ Tel 01995 600 551 Email info@stoneuk.com Web www.stoneuk.com

Bowling Green Lane, Albrighton, Wolverhampton WV7 3HB Tel 01902 376 300 Email retail@davidaustinroses.com Web www.davidaustinroses.co.uk

Garden construction

Granite for walls

Emorsgate Seeds

KTM Ltd

Recycled from various demolished outbuildings on site

Web www.hunza.co.nz

Limes Farm, Tilney All Saints, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE34 4RT Tel 01553 829 028 Email enquiries@emorsgateseeds.com Web www.wildseed.co.uk

Swimming pool

Plants

Timber bench

Gillingham Pools Ltd

Guernsey Gardens

Datum Ltd

Portinfer Coast Road, Vale, Guernsey GY6 8LG Tel 01481 255 026 Website www.gillinghampools.co.uk

La Ramée, Guernsey GY1 2TW Tel 01481 700 035 Email admin@guernseygardens.com Web www.guernseygardens.com

Unit 4, Bromley House, Bulwer Avenue, St Sampsons, Guernsey GY2 4LQ Tel 01481 243 503

Wildflower seed

1 The sitting terrace nestles into the architecture of the garden 2 The arch through an existing boundary wall defines the front garden 3 Sawn Yorkstone paving around the pool 4 Sketch of the swimming pool garden 5 The farmhouse before refurbishment 6 The existing holly tree during construction 7 Split granite paths in the front garden 8 The cedar bench reflects the staggered lines of the buildings www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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La Porte Au Mur, Mount Durand, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1EA Tel 01481 715 764

Light fittings Hunza

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INSIDE OUT CASSANDRA CROUCH GARDEN DESIGN This project allowed the client’s young family to extend their living space into the garden, with a fully functional kitchen, lounge and play area

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he garden sits to the rear of a converted barn in Great Amwell, Hertfordshire. A contemporary glass and timber extension was planned for the property and the clients, a young growing family, wanted to create a garden that would reflect the modern interior and become an extension of the home that could be enjoyed all year round. ABOUT CASSANDRA CROUCH GARDEN DESIGN Cassandra Crouch Garden Design is an innovative garden design practice working for clients in London, the home counties and across the UK. Cassandra ualified in garden design rom renowned horticultural college Capel Manor. Work is characterised by a strong use of geometry that lends a contemporary underlying structure to the garden. Plants with a naturalistic feel create a soft contrast to the clean lines in our designs.

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The site The only existing elements in the garden were a small shaded stone terrace, a large shed and a cluster of trees planted by the clients to provide some instant screening. A laurel hedge had also been planted but felt out of place with the natural setting. The ground sloped up awkwardly from the house, breaking to a wide expanse of lawn providing very little interest. There were some neighbouring properties that required screening. A nature reserve behind

the garden provided a wonderful backdrop of mature shrubs and trees. As the site was large and open, providing some screening for privacy and putting things on a human scale were important considerations. The brief was to produce a contemporary garden design with a grown-up feel that was still relaxed and family friendly. Key requirements were having space for socialising, an area for cooking, a play area for the children and a good sized vegetable garden. Design elements The design uses strong geometry, following the horizontal lines of the barn. The space was divided into a series of outdoor ‘rooms’ using hardwood decking, sawn sandstone, quartz aggregate and meadow turf to create spaces for dining, relaxing and family play. A smooth rendered retaining wall was planned to level the slope, allowing a flat lawn to be created at the heart of the garden. www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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As the family enjoyed cooking and dining outdoors as often as possible, a bespoke exterior kitchen was designed incorporating gas and charcoal barbecues, a fridge, sink and bespoke storage. An adjoining sofa area centred around a wood burning firepit provides space for drinks and informal gatherings. A more formal dining terrace placed to catch the evening light is covered by a simple green oak pergola with steel tension wires. In the children’s area the clients were keen not to have a space full of plastic toys. A natural meadow was designed and placed at the back of the garden to provide a link to the neighbouring nature reserve. A swing was constructed using green oak to tie in with the overhead structures constructed in

other areas of the garden. An orchard of apples, plums and cherries was planted that would grow with the children. Meadow 1 View across the main terrace and extension. Perennials and grasses soften the linear design 2 Pools of light are created using miniature downlights on the green oak arches 3 Bespoke exterior kitchen and lounge area 4 The children’s swing within the meadow uses green oak to connect with the main design 5 Relaxed sofa seating surrounds the firepit 6 Stipa tenuissima, Sedum ‘Matrona’, Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ and Monarda ‘Beauty of Cobham’ provide late summer interest 7 View across the garden to the dining terrace and green oak pergola 8 Sawn sandstone steps lead from the firepit area up to the main lawn Photographs © Cassandra Crouch; Lyndon Douglas

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PROJECT DETAILS Build time 5 months (In conjunction with extension construction) Size of project 1,370m2

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turf was used to provide an instant effect with paths mown through to create a formal grid pattern. Planting A planting plan using a mix of herbaceous perennials and grasses with a natural feel was used to soften the straight lines of the design and connect the garden with its rural setting. A tall Carpinus betulus hedge was planted around the perimeter of the garden to provide privacy and create a natural buffer to the wild space beyond. As well as relocating some of the existing trees in the garden additional specimens were selected including Malus ‘Evereste’ and Prunus serrula to provide height and seasonal interest. Other elements A lighting design and irrigation system were also created for the garden.

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1 The contemporary glass extension is softened by mounds of perennials 2 Green oak arches lead to the meadow and orchard 3 The exterior kitchen with integrated gas and charcoal barbecues also houses a fridge 4 Focal point lighting highlights the water feature

and containers on the main terrace 5 The garden before construction provided a blank canvas for the design 6 During construction, looking towards the main terrace and water feature 7 The firepit lounge area during construction 8 Main terrace steps prior to stone cladding

REFERENCES Designer

Irrigation

Herbaceous

Cassandra Crouch Garden Design

Life Irrigation

Orchard Dene Nurseries

68 Leybourne Road, London E11 3BT Tel 07702 019 227 Email design@cassandracrouch.co.uk Web www.cassandracrouch.co.uk

17 Gables Avenue, Borehamwood, Herts WD6 4SP Tel 020 8905 1892 Email Info@lifeirrigation.co.uk Web www.lifeirrigation.co.uk

Lower Assendon, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 6AL Tel 01491 575 075 Email enquiries@orcharddene.co.uk Web www.orcharddene.co.uk

Contractor

Trees

Famella Building Contractors

Deepdale Trees Ltd

Glebe Nursery

Fire Magic

Unit 72, Hillgrove Business Park, Nazeing Road, Nazeing, Essex EN9 2HB Tel 01992 893 068 Email info@famella.co.uk Web www.famella.co.uk

Tithe Farm, Hatley Road, Potton, Sandy, Beds SG19 2DX Tel 01767 262 636 Email mail@deepdale-trees.co.uk Web www.deepdale-trees.co.uk

Forty Hill, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 9EU Tel 020 8364 3150 Email andriamead@aol.com Web www.glebenursery.co.uk

Unit 15, Orchard Place Business Centre, Seven Mile Lane, Borough Green, Kent TN15 8QU Tel 01732 884 030 Email info@fire-magic.co.uk Web www.fire-magic.co.uk

Lighting

Majestic Trees

Palmstead Nurseries Limited

Meadow turf

Lighting For Gardens

Chequers Meadow, Chequers Hill, Flamstead, St Albans, Herts AL3 8ET Tel 01582 843 881 Email info@majestictrees.co.uk Web www.majestictrees.co.uk

Harville Road, Wye, Ashford, Kent TN25 5EU Tel 01233 813 340 Email sales@palmstead.co.uk Web www.palmstead.co.uk

Wildflower Turf

Sawn sandstone and Pearly Quartz Pebbles CED stone

728 London Road, Grays, Essex, RM20 3LU Email sales@ced.ltd.uk Web www.ced.ltd.uk Barbecues

Shrubs and herbaceous 7-8 Amor Way, Letchworth Garden City, Herts SG6 1UG Tel 01462 486 777 Email sales@lightingforgardens.com Web www.lightingforgardens.com

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Ashe Warren Farm, Basingstoke, Hants, RG25 3AW Tel 01256 771 222 Email wildflower@wildflowerturf.co.uk Web www.wildflowerturf.co.uk

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Greenspace Garden Design A tired and mundane plot was transformed by Greenspace Garden Design into a high interest, low maintenance garden, with the addition of curved lines, raised beds and a central patio

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he owner had lived in her house for some years and felt the garden was looking tired. The brief was basically to ‘rip it up and start again,’ with a desire to inject some new interest, make a fresh start and take the garden as a whole space, replacing the existing features including the patio. At the client’s request, the garden needed to include some raised beds with low stone walls, a small manageable lawn, some paths and also a place for her stone bench to feature.

Some minor privacy issues needed consideration and a low maintenance approach was a priority as the owner worked long hours and did not have much time to garden. The design philosophy This garden offered a pleasant and interesting space to work with. Being west facing, predominantly flat and backed by some mature trees, the garden presented a surprisingly light, uncluttered, versatile space with lots of potential.

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ABOUT GREENSPACE GARDEN DESIGN

The first challenge was to mitigate the fact that the garden was quite square. Introducing curves into the design seemed a natural solution to this. The design grew outwards from the circular patio, which not only forms a centrepiece to the garden but also provides a radius from which paving, the lawn and the planting beds are designed with concentric circles subtly spreading out to the boundaries. The edged lawn compliments the circular patio and incorporates two migrating circles to

Sue Sleeper obtained her Horticultural and Garden Design ualifications rom Capel anor College in Enfield She has a wealth o planting knowledge and knows the right plant or the right place er approach comes rom the heart she spends time absorbing the space and its surroundings drawing on her creativity to bring out the best in clients gardens She prides hersel on developing good working relationships and her designs help to personalise her clients homes and provide beauti ul outdoor spaces they can use and en oy

enhance the curved theme. The lawn boundaries include raised beds with curved stone walls to be softened by the planting.

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Planning the pergolas To bring some interest into the garden above eye level and to offset the height of the trees beyond the back boundary, the new design includes two pergolas. The first is in the form of the pergola path – the pergola provides some privacy from the neighbour’s house while sitting

1 View of pergola path and circular patio 2 A view from the back of the garden 3 An aerial overview of the completed garden 4 Looking through the pergola 5 A close-up view of the new patio showing new doors in the background

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Lawn

Gravel path

Shed

PROJECT DETAILS

Pergola path

Circular patio Block paving

Project value Under £20k Build time – concept to completion 10 months Size of project 160m2

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on the new patio and the path creates interest and intrigue as you travel through the garden. The second pergola houses the stone bench in a quiet corner of the garden facing into the morning sun. 1 Artistic impression of the finished, planted garden.

Paths and paving Gravel paths ease access to the garden and the central patio provides a hard standing on which a table and chairs can be used. The use of gravel softens the hard landscaping and yet remains low maintenance. The inclusion of the red block paving adds another interest to the landscaping with the red colour tones complimenting the bricks of the house, and the curved laying pattern adding softness to the hard landscaping. These red pavesetts also link the whole scheme together as they are used to edge the patio, lawn and paths throughout the garden. The garage provides a wonderful south facing brick wall on which to grow plants and has provided a backdrop to a feature flowerbed near the patio. The shed has been shifted back out of sight with some paving at its door for easy access. A bright future The overall design provides a whole new way of viewing, making use of and meandering through the garden. The new patio adds interest, providing a central, sunny and private seating area and the paths pull the garden together, giving ease of movement through all of the design features. The design brings plenty of dynamism to the garden with the potential to plant easy to care for plants in the new flowerbeds, softening the landscaped lines and adding further colour. The client loved her finished garden so much that she actually installed new french doors to her living room so she could overlook her garden as much as possible. To date, the planting has not been fully implemented, but is a work in progress for the owner. Once all plants and trees are included over the coming seasons, the garden will provide further privacy, textural interest, height gradation and year-round colour. 36

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2 Close up of the patio with garden furniture. 3-4 Photographs showing the garden previously.

REFERENCES Designer

Edging and block paving

Sue Sleeper Greenspace Garden Design

Pavestone UK Ltd

Tel 07713 744 322 Email info@gsgardendesign.co.uk Web www.greenspacegardendesign.co.uk Landscaper Martin Wilson The Garden Landscape Co

Westington Quarry, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6EG Tel 01386 848650 Email enquiries@pavestone.co.uk Web www.pavestone.co.uk

Watford, Hertfordshire Tel 07793 822829

Pergolas

Stone wall & Circular patio

Using 100x100mm treated timber posts and 50x150mm beams

Marshalls

Bespoke construction by landscaper

Marshalls Mono Ltd, Landscape House, Premier Way, Lowfields Business Park, Elland HX5 9HT Tel 01422 312000 Web www.marshalls.co.uk

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PAY IT FORWARD GROUND CONTROL Design input from the local community and an artwork by Banksy transformed a dilapidated area of Folkestone

PROJECT DETAILS Project value ÂŁ1.35m Build time 7-8 months Size of project 7,000m2

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olkestone’s Triennial Festival this year a power station and a public orchard. The space had an exciting addition; the opening has changed shape as well as use, but the ceremony for Payers Park, a £1.35m recent developments should make it more development recently completed by user-friendly as well as cementing the Ground Control. The steep valley side was architecture and format of the area. created to form a series of open-ended invitations The design process was driven by a number for people to inhabit and appropriate the of temporary events held by local people. structures in time for the festival. The site has Community groups held activities including a since gained extensive use, not least because it silent disco and open air museum to show how was decorated by secretive artist Banksy in his the space could be used, and find out which first UK visit for groups would choose almost four years. Payers Park as the venue The site had for their hobbies. The been unused for design now allows a decades, which is number of activities to why The Roger De take place without Haan Charitable interrupting each other. Trust, Kent County Council and The works Shepway District Although the plans did Council arranged to take into account the update the area and area’s topography, offer a contribution 1,720tonnes of soil to the arts festival were removed from the through provision of site to make it more ‘Art Buff’, a piece by Banksy, painted on a a new public space. accessible and userwall in the park. It was the first piece of his The 30-week friendly. A hazard warning work in the UK since 2010 design and build membrane was installed on included piling works, in-situ concrete walls and the steep slopes, which were the biggest structures, structural steel, 278 works, new challenge during the building work. The external lighting, resurfacing and soft landscaping extensive concrete works and sandstone blocks to provide the community with a beautiful new are supported with 268 piles, which took three park and play area in the heart of Folkestone. weeks to install. Boundaries were articulated to give the park definition while the views and open The design process spaces tie in with the ‘Look Out’ initiative, which Payers Park has had a range of different uses in encourages people to take care, be mindful and the past including workshops, slaughterhouses, make space for the unknown. 38

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ABOUT GROUND CONTROL Ground Control is an award-winning landscape construction and grounds maintenance company with branches throughout the UK. It works with a range of public and private clients, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Halfords, Thames Water, Royal Mail and the NHS to provide attractive, safe outdoor spaces for everyone to use.

www.ground-control.co.uk

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1 A suspended bench is set slightly apart from the pedestrian area to give people a sense of privacy

4 Opening ceremony at Payers Park

2 Upper and lower sections are tied together to enhance the space

6 The boardwalk is probably the most widely used part of the site

3 Ladders and a climbing area offer a different way to move between the levels safely

7 New herbs and grass verges were added to break up the space

5 Trees were retained along edges and boundaries to give definition

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An upper boardwalk made of sandstone was built into the steep gradient offering a new pedestrian link to the High Street, offering safe and well-lit access to shops and cafes. Some of the areas were created for children to play safely, while others are defined as walkways and lookouts. Payers Park Road has also been realigned as part of the development. Practical completion was finished with just hours to spare on the day of the opening ceremony, but using the right people ensured that the project ran smoothly and on time. The CEO of The Creative Foundation stated that he looks forward to future collaborations. After the work was completed, Payers Park was visited by Banksy, who painted an image called ‘Art Buff’ on a wall in the park. It was the first piece of Banksy’s work in the UK since 2010 but has since been removed and sold in Miami as the building’s owners were struggling to maintain the piece. Proceeds from the sale will go to a cancer charity set up by a resident.

1 Before the build, the area was inaccessible for some users 2 A slide and climbing area blends effortlessly into the landscape 3 Natural stone installation during the build

REFERENCES Landscape architect

Zumtobel Lighting Ltd

Ketley Brick Company Ltd

Plants/trees (soft landscaping)

Muf Architecture/Art

Chiltern Park, Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire SL9 9FG Tel 01388 420 042 Email LightcentreUK@zumtobelgroup.com Web www.zumtobel.com/gb-en

Pensnett, Brierley Hill West Midlands DY5 4TH Tel 01384 783 61 Email sales@ketley-brick.co.uk Web www.ketley-brick.co.uk

Johnsons of Whixley

72-74 Mare Street, London E8 4RT Tel 020 8985 3038 Email studio@muf.co.uk Web www.muf.co.uk Landscape contractor

Gilsthwaite Lane, Kirk Hammerton, North Yorkshire YO26 8AQ Tel 01423 330 234 Web www.nurserymen.co.uk

Decking

Ground Control

Valmont Stainton

Eco deck (Vannplastic Limited)

Grass seed/turf

1st Floor, Kingfisher House, Radford Way, Billericay, Essex CM12 0EQ Tel 01277 650 697 Email info@ground-control.co.uk Web www.ground-control.co.uk

Teesside Industrial Estate, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees TS17 9LT Tel 01642 766 242 Email stainton@valmont.com Web www.stainton-metal.co.uk

Unit 13, Adenbury Way Wrexham Industrial Estate Wrexham LL13 9UZ Tel 01978 667 840 Email enquiries@ecodek.co.uk Web www.ecodek.co.uk

Q Lawns

Urbis Schréder

Bespoke railings

Chineham, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG24 8GG Tel 01256 354 446 Email sales@urbis-schreder.com Web www.urbislighting.com/gbu-en

G.N.S. Metalworks

Soil Ovendens

Aylesham, Nr Canterbury, Kent CT3 3EP Tel 01304 842 100 Email enquiries@ovendens.com Web www.ovendens.com

Surfacing (CEDEC)

Corkway Drove, Hockwold, Thetford, Norfolk IP26 4JR  Tel 01842 828 266 Email sales@qlawns.co.uk Web www.qlawns.co.uk

Westdale, Salisbury Road, Sherfield English, Hampshire SO51 6DL Tel 01794 522 196 Email Nathan@gnsmetalworks.co.uk Web www.crossfiresystems.co.uk

CED Ltd

Lighting iGuzzini illuminazione UK LTD

Astolat Business Park, Astolat Way, Guildford GU3 1NE Tel 01483 468 000 Email info@iguzzini.co.uk Web www.iguzzini.co.uk

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728 London Road, West Thurrock, Grays, Essex RM20 3LU Tel 01708 867 237 Email sales@ced.ltd.uk Web www.ced.ltd.uk/footpath-gravels/ CEDEC

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Mulch Green-tech Ltd

Sweethills Park, Nun Monkton York, YO26 8ET Tel 01423 332 100 Email sales@green-tech.co.uk Web www.green-tech.co.uk

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GOLDEN PATH CUBE 1994 GARDEN DESIGN A government-funded project built to help Southend dementia sufferers is a lesson in skillful layout and creative design

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alled ‘Walkway to a Long Life’, this custom-made sensory garden was officially opened by Angela Rippon OBE on 23 May 2014. Designed to help Southend dementia sufferers, the garden is based at St Martin’s Residential Care Home in Westcliff and is run by The Southend-on-Sea Darby and Joan Organisation, who received £275,645 from the Department of Health to fund the build. As well as incorporating the best design principles for dementia care and research from the King’s Fund Institute on Enhancing the Healing Environment, it has been described as a national example of excellence in dementia care.

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WINNER

Community and Schools Development

Landscape designer Sean Butler from Cube 1994, an Essex based company with expertise in developing sensory gardens, worked closely on the design with the council’s dementia manager Chris Harris and staff and relatives from St Martin’s. The garden is specifically designed to help with challenging behaviours such as aggression, to help trigger memories, and stimulate the senses with floral fragrances and colours. There are activity areas for no-bend vegetable growing and workshops for painting and craft work.

ABOUT CUBE 1994 GARDEN DESIGN Designers and creators of bespoke landscaped gardens, Sean Butler and his team at Cube 1994 have been specialising in garden design and build for 20 years. Members of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) and the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), as well as Winners at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2014 and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2012 and 2013, Cube 1994 works across Essex, Hertfordshire and North London. www.cube1994.com

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Design and works This was a large-scale project – 638 tonnes of earth were moved through the home, while 289 tonnes of new materials were transported into the garden. Twenty thousand bulbs were planted individually over a period of four days by five men, and irrigation was also incorporated. The garden was designed with many features to initiate physical, cognitive, social and psychological benefits: The pathway The figure-of-eight pathway has no dead ends, helping dementia sufferers who like to wander and can become frustrated on meeting a boundary. It links all areas of the garden to a central line forming a safe environment for the residents. The single yellow colour means patients can easily identify the route. Safety The garden has various safety triggers which easily allow residents to locate where they are and find their way back. A brightly coloured timber frame was placed around the doorway to the conservatory to make it identifiable from the garden. The garden planting scheme was designed on a colour wheel to help residents identify where they are within the garden. Metal sphere sculptures with repeat flowering roses

trained over were strategically placed for memory triggers that denote entrances and exits. The use of water in two different locations creates an atmosphere of tranquility and reflection and also attracts wildlife to the garden. Seating Multiple seating areas ensure patient safety and provide a place to relax and chat with family and friends. A garden club area was created with games and a place for residents to help cultivate plants, invigorating patients physically and making them feel useful. Seating was built into the raised beds so that they can rest during activity time. A gazebo offers a place to rest and view the whole garden while protected from the elements.

1 View from the conservatory, across the wild flower meadow 2 Planning stages, May 2013 3 Construction begins on the Garden Club area 4 Underlay preparation for the artificial lawn 5 Complete, spring 2014. Hyacinths, part of 20,000 bulbs used to create the colour wheel 6 The figure of eight path unifies the design 7 The Fountain Garden, with hot vibrant colour provided by the tulips www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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PROJECT DETAILS Project value 1,255m2 Build time 12 weeks Size of project ÂŁ275k

REFERENCES Landscape designer and construction

Turf

Water feature

Easigrass

Landscape Plus

Cube1994 Garden Design

The Old Grass Depot, Park Avenue, London UB1 3AJ Tel 0845 163 4724 Web www.easigrass.com

Unit 1-2, Kemble Business Park, Malmesbury, Crudwell SN16 9SH Tel 01666 577577 Web www.landscapeplus.com

Shrubs and topiary

Outdoor heaters

Europlants UK Limited

Tansun

Great North Road, Bell Bar, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 6DA Tel 01707 649996 Web www.europlants.net

Unit 1, Ridgacre Road, West Bromwich, West Midlands B71 1BW Tel 0121 580 6200 Web www.tansun.com

62 Main Road, Danbury, Essex CM3 4NG Tel 01245 227148 Web www.cube1994.com Timber edging, sharp sand, ballast, cement and Marshalls Tegula block paving Jewsons

Montrose Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6TE Tel 01245 467181 Web www.jewson.co.uk Oak railway sleepers and softwood railway sleepers

Perennials Premier Plants

Irrigation

Ongar Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3NT Tel 01245 422525

City Irrigation

Purdeys

Maldon Rd, Colchester CO5 0QA Tel 01621 893322

Tel 020 8462 4630 Email chris@cityirrigation.ltd.uk Web www.cityirrigation.co.uk

Bulbs Blackheath Bulbs

Electrics

Nayland Rd, Colchester CO6 3DE Tel 01206 271261

Cable Plan

Tidmarsh Blinds

Crushed concrete and aggregates

Safety rubber tarmac surface

Lodge Farm Bungalow, Pump Lane, Pleshey, Chelmsford CM3 1HF Tel 01245 237228 Web www.tidmarsh.co.uk

JKS

Gym Fix

Purdeys Way, Rochford, Essex SS4 1LZ Tel 01702 530010 Web www.jksgroup.co.uk

15 Coleridge Road, Romford RM3 7BD Tel 01708 379063 Web www.gymfix.co.uk

Tel 07949 096275

External blinds and gazebo

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SCULPTING THE LANDSCAPE

STEWART LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION The restoration of this Suffolk garden used existing elements like the rill and pool to create a simple and dramatic new design

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he first priority for the new owners of this property in Suffolk, was the restoration and refurbishment of the house itself. An extensive programme of works was planned, to transform the dramatic but unloved building into an eclectic family home, full of personality and style. As the house entered a new phase in its history, attention was turned to the landscape, and in particular to an existing area of garden immediately behind the house. The garden had evolved over time, and any coherent design for the space had long since dissolved, with various existing features seeming disparate and disconnected. There was, however, a beautiful old red brick wall to one of the boundaries, and uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside providing a soft, undulating backdrop. 44

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The clients engaged Thomas Hoblyn to reimagine the space, to create a new garden that would complement the house and blend with the landscape beyond. With an interest in design, the owners were keen to commission a scheme that would reflect their personal style, without being overstated. They hoped for it to be simple and timeless, and to add drama and interest without dominating the surrounding environment. The clients decided to retain a modern rill to the rear of the house, providing a strong linear focal point. There was also an existing swimming pool, and although this would be refinished and the adjacent hard landscaping redesigned, the location and the pump room would be retained. The pool had been built at an interesting angle, so although these two features provided a

starting point for the design, they also created a significant challenge aesthetically. The levels across the site also needed to be considered. Existing levels dropped away from the house towards an adjacent paddock, but were vague and untidy. The new design incorporated both the rill and the pool, using them as axes to pin together a series of simple yet dramatic interlocking terraced lawns. A lozenge shaped deck was specified to surround the pool, and an enlarged outline of this rotated to spin the feature into 1 The finished rill 2 A frosty layer on the completed garden 3 The pool’s surrounding detail www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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PROJECT DETAILS Project value £290,000 Build time May 2011 to August 2013 Size of project 3,600m2

HIGHLY COMMENDED

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18.08

17.58

18.10

18.24

19.32 +18.25

+18.00

+17.75

0

2

17.16 FOCAL TREE TO SCREEN PUMP HOUSE

20.06+ 19.91+

19.76+

+18.86

18.21

+ BWH 18.82 + TWH 19.31

+18.86

3no.Step

TWH 19.775 +

+18.86

+ 18.86

+18.75

+18.50

IPE DECKING INTRODUCED TO ACCOMMODATE THE INTRODUCTION OF EXTERNAL SHOWER.

+18.25 +18.00 +17.75

16.78

Proposed retaining walls introduced to site, Retaining wall material to be red brick material to match that on existing property and out buildings unless otherwise stated. Existing brick walls to remain in place.

16.48

19.24+ 19.05+

Existing Reclaimed York Stone paved terrace. All materials to be protected during build. Security fencing to prevent traffic flow across material. Cordex or other protective surface to be laid across any through route before and during all works.

17.05

TWH 19.41 +

19.43+

+ TWH 19.31

GRAVEL SURFACE SURROUNDED BY NEW RAILWAY SLEEPERS

17.60

EXISTING PUMP/POOL HOUSE

Existing water features to remain in place. Security fencing erected to prevent damage during proposed works. Internal gravel to be replaced with >20mm Black Bassalt material

RETAINING WALL INTRODUCED

17.70

+TWH 20.375 + BWH 18.86

+ TWH 19.65 TWH 19.41 +

Existing gravel paths to remain in place with surface protected from vehicular movements and construction works, Security fencing erected where necessary. Material to be identified and matched on all proposed gravel surfaces.

16.80

19.76+

+ TWH 19.991

4% fall

19.31+

16.95

+TWH 20.375

TWH 20.25+

TWH 20.375 +

2no. sweeping RETAINING WALL TO CREATE TIERS WITHIN LAWN

350x various lengths (unless otherwise stated) Proposed 6 Side Sawn, pencil edged, York Stone steps introduced to site. 17.

28

TWH 20.375+

Existing lawn. All areas re-graded and re-seeded upon completion of works. Lawn to have steel edging where meeting hard standing areas unless otherwise stated.

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97 .4

17.74

3no.Step

Proposed 6mm pea gravel. Material to dress the planted borders and to blend in with 14mm pea gravel. Material to match existing gravel paths with exact stone and colour to be confirmed. Contractor to supply with all samples to be approved by both client and designer prior to purchase.

6 SIDE SAWN YORK STONE STEPS 17. LEADING TO TERRACED LAWNS 921 7

+17.50

TREE 38.47 20.06+ 19.91+

19.76

FORMAL AVENUE

+18.50

20.21+

20.21

19.91

Proposed 14mm pea gravel. Material to match existing gravel paths with exact stone and colour to be confirmed. Contractor to supply with all samples to be approved by both client and designer prior to purchase.

17.32

+TWH 20.375 +18.75 +18.86

TWH 20.375+ 19.91+

20.06

17.37

18.25

18.95 18.34 18.49 18.32

20.27

19.90

19.37

20.28

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TWH 20.25+

17.82

19.76+

3no.Step

+TWH 20.375

TWH 20.375+

18.07

+ TWH 20.21 +BWH19.76

LEVELLED LAWN

Proposed IPE timber decking with Sawn York, radius cut edging detail.

PATHS RE-ALIGNED - NEW PATH TO BLEND IN WITH EXISTING

19.05

MH CL18.06

20.21+

+ TWH 20.21 + TWH 20.335

Man hole cover to be re-located/ re-positione d in gravel path

LEVELLED LAWN

All planted borders to have 25x100mm timber edging unless other-wise stated. Plant size, species and spacing to be indicated on Planting Plans and within Specification document

+TWH 20.375

TWH 20.375+

MH CL18.23

COURT-YARD

TWH 20.335 +

+TWH21.12

19.86

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MH CL19.87

DP

GY MH CL20.22

TWH 20.25+ +19.91

18.82 MH CL18.64

+20.64

MH CL20.24

DP

+20.25

INTRODUCE RETAINING WALL TO ACCOMMODATE LOWERING OF LEVELS REPLACE EXISTING GRAVEL, RE-ALIGN THE PATHS

EXISTING RILL WITH AMENDMENTS TO WATER FEATURE

LEVELLED LAWN

+20.25

All proposed hedging. Exact locations, size and species to be indicated on Planting Plans and within specification document.

EXISTING FORMAL TERRACING TO BE REPLACED WITH SAWN YORK.

17.97

+TH21.12

Existing trees to remain on site. All trees to have security fencing erected around the drip line to protect from all traffic to, from and during site works.

1no.Step 20.06+

20.21+ 1no.Step +20.21

19.91+

+BWH20.72

Existing buildings to remain in place, security fencing erected on major access routs and where necessary to avoid all risks of damage.

All proposed trees. Locations, size and species to be indicated on Planting Plans and within specification document.

Top pillar height to match existing + TWH 20.325+ TWH 20.455+

+20.21

+TWH21.12

19.86

DP

DP

DP DP

DP DP MH CL20.28

MH CL20.30 DP

el 19.98+

PL19.96+

MH CL20.27

GARAGE AND OFFICE BUILDINGS

DESIGN PLAN

DP

20.30 DP DP

DP MH CL20.31

GRAVEL SURFACE TO REMAIN IN PLACE WITH GRAVEL MATERIAL REPLACED USING DESIGNER RECOMMENDATION

LOW STRUCTURAL PLANTED BORDERS

17.83 17.97 18.11

Paved detail to be retained and protected during construction

18.25

DP

DP

19.01

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Proposed Timber foot bridge to gain access from main garden to opposite paddock and fields. Material to be confirmed. Contractor to ensure all construction details are checked by structural engineer prior to ordering materials and installation

+ TWH 19.31 + TWH 20.21

+BWH18.86

+BWH19.76

+18.95

+18.95

+18.95

TIMBER GATE INSTALLED + TWH 20.21 +BWH19.76

+ TWH 18.86

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PROPOSED TIMBER BRIDGE TO CROSS HAHA

SLOPED BANK Area not surveyed so finished levels to be determined on site (grading to meet existing contours) TEMPORARY ACCESS ROUTE VIA THE ADJOINING PADDOCK, INTO GARDEN DURING THE 'WORKS'

Existing spot levels provided by existing site survey. All levels should be checked on site.

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IPE DECKING WITH 6 SIDE SAWN YORK STONE PAVING DETAIL TO SURROUND

Proposed spot levels and approximate contour lines. All site grading to be checked by Designer prior to completion/signing off.

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Pleached trees to run along historic wall. Planted borders below using different grades of gravel to define path from borders.

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PLANTING TO MIRROR THAT WITHIN FORMAL BORDERS

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1000 Scale 1:200 @A2

REV N 22nd August 2011 Formal Terrace layout amended, with the formal borders placed within the lawns rather than the York stone terrace. GENERAL NOTES: *All dimensions shall be checked on site. *Drawings shall be read in conjuction will all other contract documentation and other consultants drawings. *Any discrepancies shall be reported to the Contract Administrator. IF IN DOUBT, ASK. *DO NOT SCALE FROM THIS DRAWING (Except for planning purposes only). USE FIGURED DIMENSIONS ONLY. *WARNING: This drawing is issued in colour. Š2010 Thomas Hoblyn Garden Design Ltd. Jones Client: Property: Hawkedon House Title: JON. Master Plan Drawing No.JON.4.0.01 Scale: 1:200@A2 Revision: L Date: 1-Feb-11 Drawn by: RJH Checked by:

Thomas Hoblyn Garden Design Ltd. Mansard House, Low Street, Bardwell, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 1AR

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line with the rest of the design. The crisp tiers would terminate along a substantial new retaining wall at the foot of the garden, supporting the final terrace, and acting as a ha-ha to preserve the distant view from the house. Large volumes of soil were displaced and redistributed to form the sculpted terraces. Long, curved retaining walls were built and faced in handmade Northcot Plumstead Antique bricks to match the Victorian reds of the house. A rich hardwood deck was built to create a social space around the pool, and edged with chunky, precision-cut, six-way sawn York stone. A formal row of box head Tilia was installed against the backdrop of the historic wall. Making reference to the avenues of historic country houses, the trees added weight and height to the design and provided an instant feeling of maturity. Great care was needed in the positioning of such large specimens, and in anchoring their rootballs below ground. The avenue was underplanted with an army of Buxus balls of differing sizes and a subtle tapestry of perennials and bulbs. Inevitably, various issues were met and overcome during the course of the build. One of the most significant surrounded the large, grey York stone terrace immediately behind the house. The stone, which had been chosen by the client, was sourced from a new quarry recently established by the supplier. It was delivered and installed, and quite quickly began to turn orange! Metal ores within the stone were oxidising, and the terrace was rusting before our eyes. Fortunately, the suppliers were willing to resolve the problem, and the order was collected and replaced. Ultimately, with everything complete and with issues resolved, both the clients and the designer were delighted with the finished result. The garden looks stunning, and is both a timeless piece of landscaping and a legacy for the future of this unique site.

Stewart Landscape Construction was formed by Mark Richardson, who has been involved in commercial and domestic landscaping at management level for more than 15 years. The company specialises in bespoke urban gardens, including terraces and roof gardens, has a soft landscaping division and a design and consultancy service that deals with planning issues for all forms of landscaping. www.stewartlandscape.co.uk

REFERENCES Landscaper

Paving

Stewart Landscape Construction

Stone UK Ltd

Staplefords Farm, Alphamstone, Bures, Suffolk CO8 5DT Tel 01787 269920 Web www.stewartlandscape.co.uk

Green Lane, West Garstang, Lancashire PR3 1NJ Tel 01995 600551 Web www.stoneuk.com

Designer Thomas Hoblyn Landscape & Garden Design

Mansard House, Low Street, Bardwell, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP31 1AR Tel 01359 252056 Email enquiries@thomashoblyn.co.uk Topsoil Sugar Way, Peterborough PE2 9AY Tel 01733 422084 Web www.bstopsoil.co.uk Turf Sovereign Turf

Fir Tree Farm, Blaxhall, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2DX Tel 01728 688984 Web www.sovereignturf.com

Hortus Loci

1 The finished scheme, photographed from an attic window

4 The retaining walls taking shape

2 The site on the first day of the build

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5 The finished terraced lawns 7 The garden and the ‘borrowed landscape’ beyond

Mount Manor House, 16 The Mount, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4HN Tel 0118 932 6495 Web www.hortusloci.co.uk

Deepdale Trees

Tithe Farm, Hatley Road, Potton, Sandy, Beds. SG19 2DX. Tel 01767 26 26 36 Web www.deepdale-trees.co.uk Bricks

British Sugar

Plants

Trees and hedging

Travis Perkins Worcester North

Lodge Way House, Lodge Way, Harlestone Road, Northampton NN5 7UG Web www.travisperkins.co.uk Decking Southgate Timber Company

Southgate House, Nether Hall, Church Road, Moreton Essex CM5 0JA Tel 01277 890783 Web www.southgatetimber.co.uk

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SITTING PRETTY M&N HORTICULTURE M&N Horticulture transform a run-down walled garden with a modular ‘garden within a garden’ design that maximises the feeling of space and includes a larger entertaining area

PROJECT DETAILS Project value Under £25,000

COMMENDED

Build time 3 weeks Size of project 320sqm

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aving worked with the client previously, on this project M&N Horticulture was given carte blanche and a good budget to create a new garden. The client wanted the iron wood decking area to stay, but required a larger entertaining area. An issue to solve was the overlooking commercial windows. Using previous knowledge of the client’s likes and dislikes M&N Horticulture designed a low maintenance garden of mainly summer interest with an area for entertaining and an overall greater feeling of space. Created as a modular ‘garden within a garden’, sleepers were used throughout to give a range of heights as raised beds and edgings to structures, such as the ultra low-maintenance artificial lawn. A circular patio set within the main beds adjacent to the lawn allowed the client to make the best of the sunshine. A simple but effective water feature created sound and movement and interest from the entertaining areas. A row of pleached Carpinus betulus gave relief from the overlooking commercial windows and a greater feeling of privacy. Low maintenance plants, including ornamental grasses, evergreen and deciduous shrubs, carefully chosen herbaceous and conical Buxus cones gave continuity and structure during the autumn and winter months. Betula jacquemontii trees were chosen for their striking white bark, which stood out against the surround brick wall. Construction The existing garden was comprised mainly of lawn, surrounded by informal overgrown borders with a mixture of shrubs and small trees, and a water feature incorporated in a gravel garden. The garden was enclosed by a curved 1.8m brick wall. The site was cleared, with select herbaceous being kept to one side for possible reuse. Due to limited access this was carried out by hand. A previous length of armoured cable had been installed in the garden for the water

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feature, this was lifted and trenched across the garden from the garage to the site for the relocated water feature. The raised sleeper beds, which would house the new and extended entertaining area, were marked out and constructed first. Each raised bed sleeper wall was made to the same specification, held by treated wooden posts which were concreted into the ground. Right angled sleeper corners were constructed and all sleepers were interlocked to give strength to the corners. Once the initial sleeper bed had been constructed the base works were implemented for the patio. A small brick wall was built which in turn would hold the new raised patio supporting wall, before it stepped down and matched with the existing side pathway. As the first sleeper beds were constructed, the next sleepers were laid out and the garden within a garden theme started to give great visual effect, especially with the varying heights. The new focus then became the support system and installation of the pleached Carpinus betulus, which were graded and placed for greatest impact and uniformity. Key elements were the correct planting depth, vertical stems and adjustment of any pleached heads, which were running off square. To give the greatest privacy from the overlooking windows, it was decided that an additional Carpinus would be required. This involved moving the metal safe store shed, lifting 1.2m of the existing side paving including base works, and constructing and continuing the raised bed. Attention was paid to securing the pleached Carpinus betulus so it had slight movement but did not rock during windy conditions. The single sleeper frame for the artificial grass lawn was constructed and adjacent to the artificial lawn we installed a 2.8m circular bistro patio area, which was connected by a pathway from the lawn. To break up the side of the bricked garage wall, the client supplied a

ABOUT M&N HORTICULTURE M&N Horticulture was established in 1997 to undertake garden design and MN HORTICULTURE maintenance for . domestic and commercial clients across or olk and Su olk and has grown to include hard and soft landscaping, fencing, hedging, patios, tree and shrub planting and estate and grounds maintenance programmes. The partners of M&N Horticulture, Martin and Nicky Wood, are professional horticulturists each having over 20 years horticultural experience including college training, garden centre & plant nursery management, together with lots of hands-on experience. GARDEN MAINTENANCE

LANDSCAPING

www.mnhorticulture.com

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stainless steel mirror, this altered the view of the garden by giving a feeling of extra depth. During the construction phases for the raised beds, patio and base works of the artificial grass area the unwanted topsoil had been moved into the various raised beds. Extra topsoil was required from a local haulage firm, and 17 tons was delivered over the wall. Planting The main planting followed the simple but effective form of drift block planting. With all

planting, careful attention was paid to the depth of the plants and to aid establishment planting mulch was spread over the beds, helping to really show off the new plants. The water feature area was dressed with local stone and 20mm round stone arcs of cobbles were displayed around key plants, adding extra interest.

1 Installation of circular patio 2 Trees and shrubs planting underway 3 Artificial lawn base construction 4 Sunny corner for late afternoon sunshine 5 Sharp angular paving and raised beds 6 Construction of pathway from lawn to patio 7 Mature grasses give seclusion to the patio

Establishment and care The client asked M&N Horticulture to look after the garden during its establishment, and it continues to do so.

8 The afternoon of completion

REFERENCES Design and construction M&N Horticulture

Woodlands, 49 Queens Street, Spooner Row, Wymondham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR18 9JU Tel 01953 600518 Mobile 07721 521100 Email info@mnhorticulture.com Paving stones, cement

Trees, shrubs, herbaceous and grasses

Galvanised wires and strainers

Fordham Nurseries

Farm Bits

Scotsdales Fordham, Fordham, Nr Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 5LQ Tel 01638 720455 Email enquiries@fordhamnursery.co.uk Web www.scotsdalegardencentre.co.uk

Ayton Road, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 0QH Tel 01953 606668 Web www.farmbits.co.uk

Longwater Construction

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Planting and garden mulch

Walnut Tree Farm, Silver Street, Slutshole Lane, Besthorpe, Norfolk NR17 2LF Tel 01953 453625 Email office@baldwinskiphire.co.uk Web www.baldwinskiphire.co.uk

TMA Bark

William Frost Way, Costessey, Norwich, Norfolk NR5 0JS Tel 01603 731555 Email sales@longwatersupply.com Web www.longwatersupply.com

Robin Tacchi Plants

Fen Farm, Garboldisham Norfolk IP22 2RL Tel 01953 681312 Email rtp@robintacchiplants.com Web www.robintacchiplants.com

Mill Farm Bungalow, Mill Street, Elsing, Dereham, Norfolk NR20 3EQ Tel 01362 638441 Web www.tmabark.co.uk

Sand, gravels and cobbles

Metal work

Top soil and waste removal

Longwater Gravel

Standley Steel Stock holders

Richards Haulage

Longwater Business Park, Dereham Road, Costessey, Norwich, Norfolk NR5 0TX Tel 01603 743767 Email sales@longwatergravel.co.uk Web www.longwatergravel.co.uk

Valley View Works, London Road, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 9JD Tel 01953 602116 Email sales@standleysteel.co.uk Web www.standley-steel.co.uk

Grab Lorry Hire, 25, Grove Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4LQ Email paul@richardsongrabhire.co.uk Web www.richardsongrabhire.co.uk

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Skip hire Baldwins skip hire

Water feature pump, underlay and liner Notcutts Garden Centre

Daniels Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR4 6QP Tel 01603 453155 Email norwich@notcutts.co.uk Sleepers Brown’s Timber Yard

Plantation Road, Aslacton, Norwich NR15 2EW Tel 01379 771406 Web www.brownstimberyard.co.uk

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COTTERIDGE PARK QUADRON SERVICES This busy park used by people from all sections of the community close to Birmingham city centre is maintained by Quadron Services

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otteridge Park is maintained by Quadron Services, who have held a 10-year contract for its upkeep and that of Birmingham City Council’s other parks in the Selly Oak, Yardley, Hall Green, Hodge Hill and Ladywood constituencies since 2009. These have a combined value of £6.4m annually. It received a Green Flag award in 2012 and has retained it ever since. The Edwardian park is on the busy walking route to and from Cotteridge School, is popular with dog walkers and has a number of facilities including a central children’s play area, tennis court and skate park. Other features include the ‘wigloo,’ a willow sculpture with domes and tunnels that small children love crawling through and an amphitheatre, which is used for outdoor music and theatre. Most of the paths in the park are easily accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs, making it a welcoming place for individuals and families of all ages. The wide range of www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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facilities and ease of accessibility mean it is busy all day long. The park is open from 7.30am until dusk. Cotteridge Park is home to a wide range of trees, including horse chestnut, lime, poplar and disease resistant elm. It is 80% grassland with native wildflowers and plants such as yellow rattle and cowslips provided by Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife

1 A quiet seating area near the community orchard. Green waste generated in the park’s maintenance operations is composted in the bins visible on the left. This is then reused in the park as mulch. 2 Cotteridge Park is covered by 80% grassland. A mobile team of three members of staff undertake mowing in the park each fortnight. 3 The ‘Wigloo’ was originally constructed by volunteers and is a well-used play feature, particularly popular with the younger visitors to the park. 4 The children’s play area. Quadron’s park keeper inspects this for defects and health and safety issues as part of his daily morning checks. PORTFOLIO 2015 / Pro Landscaper 53

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Trust under the recent Nature Improvement Area funding scheme. Compostable materials are recycled in the community orchard to be used as a mulch throughout the park and there is a drive by The Friends of Cotteridge Park to encourage local residents to recycle their Christmas trees each year. On average, more than 400 trees are chipped every year with the resulting materials returned to the informal paths and beds in the park.

ABOUT QUADRON SERVICES Founded in 1993, Quadron is an award-winning green space management company priding itself on the quality of its work and proactive approach towards cultivating sustainable green communities. Quadron provides grounds maintenance services to a number of local authorities and housing associations throughout London, the Midlands and the South West. The company currently maintains 68 Green Flag accredited parks and has been recognised with three BALI Principal Awards in the last two years. www.quadronservices.co.uk

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Quadron employs a full time park keeper on site and the incumbent, Richard Turner, has held the post since 1990. This highly visible and familiar presence gives local residents a sense of continuity and security. Like all of Quadron’s park keepers, Richard has undertaken additional training including the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Level 2 Award in Conflict Resolution and Personal Safety. This is designed to enable staff to recognise confrontational situations and protect themselves. Richard is supported by three mobile staff who mow an area of approximately 500,000m2 fortnightly. There is a further staff of around six people who assist with larger community events in the park, such as the annual Cotteridge Community Festival of Music, Arts and Dance (CoCoMAD). Quadron helps prepare the park for the event, organises road closure for the festival procession and provides a team during and after the event to ensure the wellbeing of the public, clear litter, empty bins etc. On a day-to-day basis, Quadron’s responsibilities include inspections of furniture,

sports pitches and play areas by 10am. Other regular duties include litter picking, leaf clearance, shrubs and bedding maintenance, and hedge cutting. Quadron does not carry out arboricultural work, however, which is done by another contractor. All equipment is inspected on a when used basis and staff receive small plant induction training before being allowed to use it. Cotteridge Park serves a diverse area of Britain’s second city with a range of facilities to suit differing demographics. For more information on ‘the best little park in Birmingham’, visit http://cotteridgepark.org.uk. 1 The annual CoCoMad Festival (Cotteridge Community Festival of Music, Arts & Dance) attracts around 5,000 visitors each year. Quadron supplies a team of around six extra staff to help prepare the park, organise the road closure for the festival parade and ensure the park is returned to a clean and tidy condition afterwards 2 Some of the park’s mature trees 3 Birmingham City Council’s constituency parks manager (right) lends a hand with litter picking following the CoCoMad Festival 4 Quadron’s long-serving Park Keeper, Richard Turner, is a familiar face to users of the park. www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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TREE SPECIES

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● Horse chestnut ● Lime ● Beech ● Ash ● Sweet chestnut ● Sycamore ● Lombardy poplar ● Disease resistant elm ● Yew ● Tulip tree ● Carpinus

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PAVE THE WAY ELITE LANDSCAPES LTD Elite Landscapes Ltd has given Imperial Wharf, one of London’s premier riverside developments, a high-tech contemporary update

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ituated between the fashionable neighbourhoods of Chelsea and Fulham on the north bank of the Thames, Imperial Wharf is one of London’s most desirable residential locations. With over 1,600 apartments and town houses, this huge development built on a former British Gas site incorporates over 10 acres of landscaped parkland. The client’s (London developers St George) brief was split into three areas of works – the main entrance to the boulevard/concierge building, the parkland extension and the riverside walk upgrade.

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PROJECT DETAILS Project value £2.5m Build time 9 months June 2012 to February 2013 Size of project 17,500m2

The brief The boulevard and concierge works consisted of a major upgrade of the entrance and surrounding external areas to form a new

ABOUT ELITE LANDSCAPES LTD Elite Landscapes Ltd formed in 1999, has been trading for 15 years and now boasts a £7m per annum turnover. Elite undertakes high quality hard and soft landscaping construction in and around luxury development sites within London and the surrounding counties. Works include complete landscape installation, from groundworks and waterproofing through to paving cladding and brickwork, to semi-mature tree procurement, planting and soft landscaping. Elite Landscapes Ltd also has the capacity to design and install complex water features and and bespoke installations of any landscape amenity feature.

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corporate identity for the client’s head office. This included the laying of granite paving to the main entrance, supply and installation of media signs and entrance water features as well as the refurbishment of the concierge building’s interior layout. The parkland required new railings, pathways, play equipment installation and extensive planting and turfing of amenity and wildflower areas. Works on the riverside walk included repaving with York stone and granite setts, the supply and installation of extensive drainage and an upgrade of the street lighting system.

from Hong Kong. As a result, programming of the works was very complex. The aim was to have pedestrian and vehicular areas disrupted for the least amount of time possible, so any fabrication that could be carried out off site was a major advantage. The riverside works were demanding as Elite Landscapes needed to work alongside several other teams – the client St George, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham who were adopting the scheme, and the Environmental Development Agency, who were responsible for the river environment – all with different priorities and agendas.

Site and client management All works were in live public areas and safety awareness had to be of the highest quality. Green glass for the water features was sourced from the UK, the granite paving and bollards were supplied from China and the media signs

Service installation The installation of services, including electrical feeds for the media screens, was extremely difficult in a live working environment. Ducting and cabling needed to be accurate before finishing complex paving patterns in granite,

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1 Boulevard paving and media signs 2 Parkland planting 3 Concierge building 4 Parkland entrance gates 5 The Boulevard

WINNER Hard Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) Cost over ÂŁ1.5m

6 Imperial parkland planting 7 Paving works in progress 8 Imperial parkland paths and gym equipment 9 Lensbury Avenue granite planters

as there would be no second chances for reinstallation if the media signs didn’t work as intended. The concierge building and surrounding area could only be out of action for a short time, so all works for the entrance water feature and concierge fit out were fabricated off site and installed on site in the quickest possible timescale.

REFERENCES Landscape construction

Planting material

Elite Landscapes

H Crowder & Sons

Tel 01628 666239 Email info@elitelandscapes.co.uk Web www.elitelandscapes.co.uk

Tel 01507 525000 Web www.crowders.co.uk

Tel 01708 867237 Web www.ced.ltd.uk

Trugrow topsoil H Sivyer

Plant material

Broadway Malyan

Tel 020 8778 1384 Web www.hsivyer.co.uk

Folia Europe Ltd

Tel 020 7261 4200 Web www.broadwaymalyan.com Imperial Wharf Parkland supplier details

Luxor and Pharola bollards, Urbis lamp columns and lanterns Newey & Eyre

AHS

Tel 01753 691616 Web www.neweysonline.co.uk

Tel 01797 252728 Web www.ahs-ltd.co.uk

Meadowmat Turf

Bark mulch

Q Lawns Calder Cabins

Tel 01842 828266 Web www.meadowmat.com

Tel 01422 380818 Web www.calder-cabins.co.uk

Sports equipment

Tel 020 8953 5827 Web www.folia-europe.com Expansion joints Jointing Systems

Tel 01837 52316 Web www.jointingsystems.co.uk Stainless steel lettering (O&M submitted independently by JFK) JFK Business Services

Tel 020 8679 5428 Web www.jfkltd.co.uk

Sportsequip

Bespoke access covers Jones of Oswestry

Contech Services

Tel 01858 545789 Web www.sportsequip.co.uk

Tel 01226 244051 Web www.contechservices.co.uk

Benches

Stone clad piers

Tel 01691 653251 Web www.jonesofoswestry.co.uk

Voss Street Furniture

Ironmongery for concierge Laidlaw Access Systems

County Turf

Tel 0117 968 5876 Web www.vossstreetfurniture.com

Tel 01724 855000 Web www.countyturf.co.uk

Rendering system

Turf

Marshalls paving and kerbs, instarmac grout, general building materials, Sineu Graff litter bins George Lines

Tel 01753 685354 Web www.georgelines.co.uk Metal edging Greentech

Tel 01423 332100 Web www.green-tech.co.uk

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Landscape architect

Guard hut

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Granite paving, cladding, copings and bollards

Tel 020 7436 0779 Web www.laidlaw.net

Wetherby Building Systems

Medallion turf

Tel 01708 868748 Web www.wbs-ltd.co.uk

London Lawn Turf

Tel 0844 822 9999 Web www.londonlawnturf.co.uk

Imperial Wharf Boulevard supplier details Bark mulch AHS

Tel 01797 252728 Web www.ahs-ltd.co.uk

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SITTING COMFORTABLY PROJECT DETAILS Project value £190k Build time February – July 2013 Size of project Approx 5,000m2 (including wildflower meadow)

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he brief from the client was passed to the company by the designer, Inspired Gardens, to create a smooth flowing garden incorporating the philosophies of Feng Shui, to achieve a peaceful garden that wrapped around the house. Located close to Penistone to the north of Sheffield, the site is in the heart of the countryside. The property, consisting of a sandstone farmhouse and barn, was initially modernised and

extended in 2008. During 2012 and 2013, further renovations were carried out and a full-height, fully glazed extension was added to the property. The works On taking possession of the site, building works were ongoing and cooperation with other trades was essential. Existing harsh features were removed and replaced with soft flowing curves and levels to embrace the principles of Feng Shui. The curves and circles gave definition to the space while helping the property to sit harmoniously within its surroundings.

ABOUT JAMES BIRD LANDSCAPES James Bird Landscapes is South Yorkshire’s leading award-winning landscape construction and garden design company. Started 24 years ago by James Bird, the company takes a ‘can-do’ attitude to all its projects and o ers an in house design service as well as working closely with independent designers and landscape architects. The company undertakes all si es o pro ects has a garden maintenance service and covers She eld South orkshire Derbyshire Cheshire and Nottinghamshire.

www.james-bird-landscaping.com

1 Rear terraced entertaining area 2 View from gabion wall 3 Formal water feature 4 Sweeping mixed borders 5 Schaumsprudler fountains 6 Curved seating area 7 Bird’s eye view of terrace 8 Wildflower area

JAMES BIRD LANDSCAPES James Bird Landscapes used flowing curves and local materials to blend this country home into its surroundings

HIGHLY COMMENDED WINNER Domestic Garden Construction Cost Between £100K – £250K

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Challenges Despite difficult working conditions with prolonged periods of rainfall followed by late seasonal snow and sub zero temperatures, the project was completed within time and to budget. Due to the remote location, delivery of bulk materials was problematic and a burglary on site meant that the majority of power and hand tools used on the project were lost. Materials The project used materials that complemented the property. These were sourced from local suppliers in order to support local businesses and in turn the local economy. Where this wasn’t possible priority was given to suppliers of materials that were produced ethically and from a sustainable source. The walling was constructed using new York stone from a nearby quarry in Yorkshire. We used a resin bound surfacing for the driveway and paths, while the gabions were faced in Yorkshire walling stone and back-filled with random stone.

1 Resin bound driveway 2 Terraces under construction 3 Step construction 4 View of formal planting and lawn 5 Wall completed and terrace under construction 6 Setting out the site 7 Sett detail under construction 8 Completed terrace

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9 Wildflower area 10 Colourful mixed planting 11 Sweeping borders 12 Red metal feature sculpture

REFERENCES Contractor

Turf

Topsoil and aggregate

Tarmac

James Bird Landscapes

Sykes Lawn Turf

AC Aggregates

Gary Fletcher Surfacing

New Buttermere Works, 1-5 Buttermere Road, Sheffield S7 2AX Tel 0114 2589290 Email enquiries@jabird.co.uk Web www.james-bird-landscaping.com

Castle Farm, Stripe Road Tickhill, Doncaster DN11 9HG Tel 01302 742286 Web www.sykeslawnturf.co.uk

242 Rotherham Rd, Malltby Rotherham S66 8ND Tel 01709 769550 Web www.acaggs.com

Paving and edging

Building materials

Birch House, Callywhite Lane, Dronfield S18 2XR Tel 01246 419525 Email info@garyfletchersurfacing.co.uk Web www.garyfletchersurfacing.co.uk

A Cowley & Sons

Keyline Builders Merchants

Turnerwood, Nr Thorpe Salvin, Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 3LA Tel 01909 772302 Web www.cowleystone.co.uk

Unit S3, 8 Strathkelvin Place, Kirkintiloch, Glasgow G66 1XT Web www.keyline.co.uk

Designer Lee Bestall, Inspired Gardens

The Stables Courtyard, Renishaw Hall, Nr Sheffield S21 3WB Tel 01246 439340 Email info@inspiredgardendesign.co.uk Web www.inspiredgardendesign.co.uk Stone suppliers Rand and Asquith

Tuck Royd Quarry, Halifax Road, Brighouse, West Yorkshire HD6 2PL Tel 01484 719263 Web www.randandasquith.co.uk

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Gabions Plants

Betafence

Knowl Park Nursery

Tel 0114 256 7800 Web www.betafence.co.uk

Knowl Road, Mirfield, West Yorkshire WF14 9UU Tel 01924 492645 Web www.knowlpark.co.uk Water feature equipment Tony Harragin

Email tonyharragin@aol.com

Irrigation Access Irrigation

17 Yelvertoft Road Crick, Northampton NN6 7XS Tel 01788 823811 Web www.access-irrigation.co.uk

Wildflower seed Cotswold Seeds

London Road, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 0JQ Tel 01608 652552 Web www.cotswoldseeds.com

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JOHN DAVIES LANDSCAPE A bespoke water feature can add a whole new dimension to urban living, as John Davies Landscape demonstrates with a design that brings the outside in

LIQUID ASSETS

ABOUT JOHN DAVIES LANDSCAPE John Davies Landscape is an exciting new design and project management studio now in its ďŹ th year o practice It o ers ull competence in hand-rendered drawings, using SketchUp or d modelling and Vectorworks or CAD presentation Combining bold architectural orm and ull naturalistic planting schemes John Davies delivers contemporary spaces characterised by a bold sense o modernity and a sensitivity to conte t history and ecology

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ollege Crescent is a new development of six prestigious contemporary family houses designed by multi awardwinning architect Alfred Munkenbeck and Neil Davies of D2 Architecture. Each house features a roof terrace with views over central London, private balconies, a beautifully designed garden and secure garaging as well as a centrally located communal courtyard area. All six houses are currently being marketed for sale. The client required high-end finishing to the landscaping that would sit comfortably with the quality of the architecture. Each garden was to

be unique in character and form, although all the gardens were to be somehow thematically linked. Year-round privacy and screening was of paramount importance in a development sitting cheek by jowl with other housing in the middle of Swiss Cottage. Design and build Each outdoor space is a natural and seamless extension of its internal living area. Water features throughout the development offer a unifying design element. Planting gives a strong evergreen structure so that each garden looks its www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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PROJECT DETAILS Project value £420k Build time Summer 2013 – spring 2014 Size of project 864m2

SUPREME WINNER

FUTURE DESIGNER AWARD

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best at any time of year, overlaid with predominantly woodland edge herbaceous planting schemes. The careful specification of lighting throughout transforms the gardens into more theatrical spaces by night. Apart from the tiny courtyard garden to House Six, all gardens boast their own bespoke water features. The challenge here was to integrate major features into very small spaces. The garden to House One includes a pool running the entire width of the space with generously sized paved steps as a means of crossing the pool. Gently foaming bubble jets were interspersed at regular intervals across the width of the pool. Steel water walls were used in two of the gardens. These were particularly effective, bold gestures that took up little space. A pool with a copper wall and spill in the garden of House Four, together with a raised basalt-clad pool featuring a 900mm-wide stainless steel letterbox spill in House Five, completed the private gardens. A water feature with three foaming jets falling onto cropped basalt sets was placed in front of a mature Gingko Biloba tree in the courtyard entrance, hinting at the important role that water plays in this development.

Challenges The project ran far beyond the predicted timescale, largely due to the main building contractor going into administration, and without the flexibility and guidance of MD Mark Gregory of Landform Consultants, a successful conclusion may never have been reached. One of the greatest design challenges was working with what, essentially, were tiny and massively overlooked spaces. An advantage was that huge sliding doors had already been specified, making for a seamless connection between inside and outside. However,

1 Subtle uplighting highlights the multi-stemmed Amelanchier lamarkii, shown here in full bloom 2 Copper wall with water spill into pool 3 Box, birch and basalt together with a raised pool featuring a 900mm stainless steel water blade form the bones of this garden 4 The inner courtyard with a majestic feathered gingko biloba as its centrepiece 5 A multi-stemmed Osmanthus burkwoodii forms the focal point of this sunken garden 6 Urbis planters and a green wall 7 Lythrum virgatum ‘dropmore purple’ subtly reflected in the polished steel water wall Photographs © Steven Wooster PORTFOLIO 2015 / Pro Landscaper 65

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PORTFOLIO MAY 2015 providing screening to a height that in most cases exceeded the actual length of the garden itself, proved a major challenge. Solutions ranged from mature stands of Phyllostachys aurea to a height of 8m to a stand of 4m high pleached hornbeams backed by a 3.5m high green wall of Trachelospermum jasminoides on top of the 2m high boundary wall. A system of galvanised boxed steel uprights was designed which straddled and were fixed into the wall itself. The entire frame ran for a length of around 15m, was planted with 40 mature plants to a height of 3.5m and irrigated from a separate controller. The client required a central courtyard area that would announce a residential development of the highest quality. Apart from the tree pit itself, the entire courtyard sat over concrete planking, effectively turning it into a

roofed area. In addition, a fire engine needed to have full access to the area, leaving little space to fulfil the client’s requirements. The answer was a simple paving layout in a muted grey granite that didn’t fight with the slate cladding to the walls, and a number of blockwork planters, clad in basalt with honed basalt feature seating to one end. Lastly, the water feature was sited within the tree pit. 1 Basalt stepping stones and pool lighting 2 All boundary and party walls were built up in blockwork and then rendered 3 The walls of the pools were formed from blockwork before the application of grp waterproofing to the inner faces 4 Mature stock had to be delivered via crane 5 Phyllostachys aurea awaiting soil for planting Photograph 1 © Steven Wooster www.stevenwoosterphotography.com

REFERENCES Project management

Decking and timber fencework

John Davies Landscape

Alan Hayward Joinery

14 Limesford Road, London SE15 3BX Tel 020 7732 9233 Email john@johndavieslandscape.co.uk Web www.johndavieslandscape.co.uk

Tel 01233 625204 Web www.alan-hayward.co.uk

Architects

Fabricated steelwork Welding Mobility

Tel 01895 422 566 Web www.weldingmobility.co.uk

D2 Architecture

Second floor, 25 Lexington Street, London W1F 9AG Tel 020 7734 6372 Email info@d2.uk.com Web http://d2architecture.com

Fabricated steel planters BSpoke Design

Tel 0121 374 2918 Web www.bspokedesign.co.uk Trees and topiary

Concept

Deepdale Trees

Munkenbeck & Partners

Tel 01767 262 636 Web www.deepdale-trees.co.uk

135 Curtain Road London EC2A 3BX Tel 020 7739 3300 Web www.mandp.uk.com Landscape contractor

Herbaceous planting Hortus Loci

Tel 0118 9326495 Web www.hortusloci.co.uk

Landform Consultants

The Nursery, Bagshot Road, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8DB Tel 01276 856145 Web www.landformconsultants.co.uk

Evergreen Exterior Services

Tel 020 8770 9200 Web www.evergreenext.co.uk

Basalt for gardens (Italy), granite and basalt for courtyard (China)

Hydroponic green wall

Ashfield Stone

The Landscape Architect

Tel 01502 528877 Web www.ashfieldgroup.com

Tel 07875 203901 Web www.thelandscapearchitect.net

Water features (with Landform Consultants)

Planters

Fairwater Limited

Tel 01759 373839 Web www.urbisdesign.co.uk

Tel 01903 892228 Web www.fairwater.co.uk

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WINNER Grounds Maintenance Domestic or Commercial - Total Contract under £50k

INTO THE WILD THE LANDSCAPE GROUP The Landscape Group provides parks maintenance services to the BALI award-winning Stratford Park in Stroud, Gloucestershire

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n partnership with Stroud District council, The Landscape Group (TLG) has been providing a parks maintenance service to Stratford Park in Stroud, Gloucestershire for six years, in a contract leading up to 2018. The annual cost of core maintenance works to the open access park totals £163k. It is in a lively location where members of the local community enjoy the variety of facilities on offer. With a recently installed toddler’s play area and a state-of-the-art skatepark venue, Stratford Park draws a large proportion of its visitors to the on-site leisure centre featuring both indoor and outdoor pools. The park The BALI award-winning park has been a Green Flag recipient for 11 consecutive years and has

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made a significant contribution to three straight gold awards for Stroud’s ‘South West in Bloom’ campaign. The 55-acre park attracts a large number of young people from the adjacent South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, which uses the park for study and leisure. Stratford is also home to its own park museum, which appeals to many visitors all year round with a busy schedule of events including guided wildlife tours led by TLG’s industry recognised park supervisor, Mike McCrea. Mike also received a Certificate of Merit accolade for park services at last year’s 1 Salvias and marigolds provide a splash of colour to the main paths 2 Sustainable planting with perennials and annuals 3 A pond dipping event in the park PORTFOLIO 2015 / Pro Landscaper 67

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WILDLIFE SPECIES AT STRATFORD PARK

● Horse chestnut ● Roe and Muntjac deer ● 56 native bird species including three BAP species breeding pairs of tawny owls and sparrowhawks ● 300 species of moths ● 21 species of butterflies (including two BAP species) ● Seven native species of bat ● Rabbits ● Foxes ● Badgers ● Otters

ABOUT THE LANDSCAPE GROUP The Landscape Group is one of the largest amenity horticulture specialists in the UK. A green service provider it o ers a uality service in grounds maintenance, tree surgery, street cleaning and landscape construction. The company has built many award-winning landscapes, ranging from the ultra-modern Media City piazza in Salford Quays to a formal Victorian park restoration at Herschel Park, and works hard to build long-term relationships based on trust and integrity.

www.thelandscapegroup.co.uk

SWIB awards. He liaises with a number of local schools to organise guided nature walks associated with the Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP). Furthermore, during the summer months an on-site model railway is open on the last Sunday of the month, presented by Stroud Society of Model Railway Engineers. Maintenance The park supervisor carries out a routine litter inspection across the site to begin the day-today process of maintaining Stratford Park. Staff are then deployed to carry out their horticultural maintenance tasks including grass cutting, 68

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flowerbed maintenance, hedge cutting and shrub maintenance. Adjustments are made to accommodate the ongoing park development around the standard daily core duties. In addition to the essential core works, TLG has a heavy workload of extra maintenance as part of Stratford Park’s 10 year Biodiversity Action Plan. This involves the enhancement of existing habitats, the creation of new ones and continual monitoring and recording of biodiversity levels in the park. To date, more than six years’ worth of information has been collated detailing how the improvements have impacted upon local wildlife. www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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PARK LAYOUT

1 Moth evening

7 Orangery

2 Museum in the Park

8 Stratford Park in the snow

3 A small tortoiseshell butterfly

9 Nestbox inspection

4 Stratford Park in the big freeze

10 Swan family seen in the park

5 Guided tour of the woodland

11 Park supervisor Mike McCrea at the 2013 Festival of Nature

6 The Bowling Green

REFERENCES

As expected, the level and variety of park maintenance differs between the seasons. In the winter months TLG dedicates more time to preparing for the summer and also provides a burial service at Brimscombe cemetery as agreed in the contract. From April to October the park staff are required to be flexible and on standby to meet the high safety standards set to keep up to speed with the community events. Extensive historical planting features are a key attraction at the park, including a splendid avenue of wellingtonias, an arboretum, lake, sports pitches, leisure areas, woodland, orangery, formal gardens and green corridors for wildlife. www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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Park maintenance

Hard landscaping

The Landscape Group

Marshalls

Landscapes House, 3 Rye Hill Office Park Birmingham Road, Allesley, Coventry CV5 9AB Web www.thelandscapegroup.co.uk

Landscape House, Premier Way, Lowfields Business Park, Elland HX5 9HT Tel 01422 312000 Web www.marshalls.co.uk

Gator utility vehicles

Bradstone

John Deere

Tel 01335 372289 Web www.bradstone.com

Harby Road, Langar, Nottinghamshire NG13 9HT Web www.deere.co.uk

Shrubs Wyevale Landscapes

Equipment Ransomes Jacobsen

West Road, Ransomes Europark, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 9TT Tel 01473 270000 Web www.ransomesjacobsen.com

Upper Buckover Farm, Buckover, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire GL12 8DZ Tel 01454 419175 Web www.wyevale-landscapes.co.uk Turf

Sisis Machinery

Rigby Taylor

Ashbourne Road, Kirk Langley, Derbyshire DE6 4NJ Tel 01332 824777 Web www.sisis.com

2 Doman Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3LB Tel 01276 67683 Web www.rigbytaylor.com

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CLEAN LIVING

PROJECT DETAILS

CATHERINE CLANCY INSPIRED GARDENS A poorly used L-shaped garden cum storage area was spruced up and turned into a clean, simple space with a limited range of plants for ease of maintenance and low visual noise

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shady, overgrown, north facing garden where space was at a premium was to be extended into a redundant parking area to the side of the house and given a contemporary makeover to make better use of the space and daylight available. In order to achieve this, yellow granite paving, cream rendered walls, hardwood storage seating and a custom-built gate, bin store and slimline shed were incorporated into the design. Planting needed to be low maintenance with space for bright seasonal bedding and low voltage garden lights were specified to turn this courtyard garden into a very unusual night time eating and entertaining area. Client brief and project details The existing garden was very overgrown and dark and the space was not well utilised. It was split into two main spaces with a seating area outside the main bedroom and a parking and storage area to www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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the side. With car parking at the front of the house, this extra driveway was unnecessary and consequently only used for storage. The garden is not overlooked, making it very private and the client hoped that it could be turned into a bright, chic courtyard space. Looking beyond the overgrown, gloomy and cluttered garden to visualise an open bright chic courtyard would make a challenging project. Client’s requirements ● Turn the garden into a bright, chic courtyard space, reflecting the bright, modern and uncluttered interior of the house. ● Combine the two areas to create a usable outdoor space. ● Take into consideration the requirements of a young family and a small boy with a bicycle who needed somewhere to pedal around.

Build time Design: May 2010 Garden landscaping completed: Sept 2010 Size of project 65m2 (L-shaped garden)

DESIGN PLAN

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PORTFOLIO JUNE 2015 PLANTING LIST Catherine used the following plants in her cottage style design: Trees ● Acer dissectum purpureum Shrubs ● Buxus sempervirens ● Laurus nobilis std ● Nandina domestica ● Pittosporum ‘Tom thumb’

450mm balls ● Rosa Silver Anniversary

and Red Abundance

Perennials ● Agapanthus ‘Big Blue’, ‘Blue

Storm’ and ‘Double diamond’ ● Lavender ‘Munstead’ ● Incorporate storage for tools, bins and toys. ● Accommodate two parents who wanted

somewhere to sit outside in the evening, eat and entertain. ● Planting needed to be very low maintenance, including roses and lavender if possible as well as some herbs for cooking. ● Lights were required to enhance the planting and allow the garden to be used in the evening. ● Irrigation was needed for the planting beds. The plan The garden was designed to make a chic and secluded private courtyard in which the young family could relax and play. Most of the vegetation was removed to open up the space and create light, keeping just the ivy on the back wall. Raised beds with

incorporated seating and storage space were created and painted white to further the airy feel. The planting plan incorporated roses, lavender and herbs as per the wishes of the client. To further this light, spacious and airy effect, pale stone paving was used while the white-painted raised beds created neat planting spaces and also provided for the seating and storage. The planting was kept very simple and limited to a few species for ease of maintenance and to provide an unfussy, tranquil mood. The design incorporated a combined corner seat and storage box for adult evening use and also storing toys. Also with children in mind, the paving was kept on one level so it could be used to cycle around. The bin store, gate and shed were all custom designed and built out of beautiful hardwood and made into design features. The gate was reduced to a single width and hidden bin stores were designed to fit in with it. Plants Box balls and clipped bay were used to provide evergreen structure in the planting beds. The rest of the plants were restricted to seven varieties, for ease of maintenance. Bedding in season was used to fill in the gaps in the planting beds.

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● Liriope ‘Big Blue’

Herbs ● Chives, thyme, mint,

sage, rosemary in pots on the balcony Bulbs ● Daffodil ‘Thalia’ and paperwhite ● Blue muscari ● Allium ‘Purple Sensation ● Purple crocus

Bedding ● Pansies in winter

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ABOUT CATHERINE CLANCY 1 Storage seat with colourful planting 2 Custom designed gate and bin store 3 Storage seat, view from above 4 Family seating area 5 Sketchup 3D visuals of garden design 6 Sketchup 3D visuals of bin store 7 Hardwood custom built gate and bin store 8 Roses, acer and box balls behind storage seat 9 Garden before work started 10 Block work for garden raised beds 11 Garden in progress, rendering the walls

Catherine moved into garden design from IT ten years ago. She studied at the English Gardening School and for the RHS Dip Hort at Hadlow College and has created award-winning gardens and featured on BBC TV. Catherine specialises in small town gardens, making the best use of available space. Each garden is created in response to the client’s needs and the characteristics of the site.

www.catherineclancy.com

REFERENCES Designer

Soil, shrubs, trees

Catherine Clancy

Provender Nurseries Ltd

43 Vanbrugh Park London SE3 7AA Tel 07879 661 923 Email gardens@catherineclancy.com Web www.catherineclancy.com

The Landscape Centre, Leydenhatch Lane, Swanley, Kent BR8 7PS Tel 01322 662 315 Email enquiries@ provendernurseries.co.uk Web www.provendernurseries.co.uk

Contractor Geo Contracts Ltd

Brigade House, Brigade Street, Blackheath, London SE3 0TW Tel 020 8852 7654 Email info@geo-contracts.co.uk Web www.geo-contracts.co.uk Yellow hammered granite paving stone

Lights Lighting for Gardens Limited

7-8 Amor Way, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire SG6 1UG Tel 01462 486 777 Email sales@lightingforgardens.com Web www.lightingforgardens.com

CED Stone Group

Garden furniture

728 London Road, West Thurrock, Grays, Essex RM20 3LU. Tel 01708 867 237 Email sales@ced.ltd.uk Web www.ced.ltd.uk

Rattan furniture (client’s own)

Building materials Travis Perkins

Web www.travisperkins.co.uk

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The fencing was built on site to my design using hardwood Hardwood Round Wood Timber

Newick Lane, Mayfield, East Sussex TN20 6RG Tel 01435 867 072 Web www.roundwood.com

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WOODLAND RETREAT GARDEN HOUSE DESIGN Garden House Design, in association with Ann-Marie Powell and Greenfingers Charity, realised a hospice’s vision of a stimulating space for seriously ill young people

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hestnut Tree House in West Sussex is a children’s hospice caring for more than 300 children and young adults from 0 to 19 years of age with progressive life-shortening conditions. They strive to make every day count – the good days, the bad days and the last days and this new outdoor area needed to reflect that ethos. The Woodland Walk really was a space that needed to be all things to all people. The Woodland Walk encourages biodiversity and makes the natural world accessible to all the families who wish to use it. Children and young people with very serious problems respond best to high levels of stimulation. The garden reflects this, with planting designed to arouse the senses and the inclusion of elements such as tactile woodland sculptures, animal/bird boxes, a tipi and a picnic area.

COMMENDED

COMMUNITY GARDEN

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PROJECT DETAILS Key things the garden needed to provide included: ● Full accessibility. ● Dedicated areas to encourage wildlife. ● Zoned areas for different activities, such as play, picnicking, nature watching and reflection. ● Different textures to add interest. ● Suitability for all members of the family.

Ann-Marie Powell’s design for The Woodland Walk is a wheelchair-accessible trail in the woods adjacent to Chestnut Tree House and the moon gate entrance feels like a portal into another world. Different zones along the walk include plenty of interesting features for children, young people and their families such as creative planting, sensory areas, a wheelchair-friendly picnic area, sculptures and even a special teepee. Most of the features and points of interest are made from 1 Wheelchair friendly pathways from Millboard Decking Boards 2 Views of the sky from inside the teepee 3 Entrance to Woodland Walk 4 Coloured sail cloth to stimulate ‘touch’ 5 A bent oak tunnel covered in branches 6 Garden recognised for award by Association of Professional Landscapers 7 Ann-Marie Powells’ original design and visual 8 Woodland animal sculptures 9 Garden designer Ann-Marie Powell 10 Tipi – ideal for whizzing in by wheelchair

Project value £225k Size of project 1 square mile Build timeline 2012: Lady Sarah Clutton gifted an additional piece of woodland 2012-2013: ideas of family and staff for the ideal outdoor space discussed and fundraising and grants accessed 2013: Greenfingers Charity becomes project partner, Ann-Marie Powell becomes principal designer and brings the ideas to reality with final design, Garden House Design wins tender to be construction partner 2014: Jan-Mar – build

11 One of the many ‘bug’ hotels

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natural materials, in keeping with the woodland and encouraging the children and young people to explore and enjoy nature all around them. Young people up to the age of 25 will benefit from this garden. Approximately 1,000 life-limited young people and their siblings will benefit from the garden on an annual basis. The path leads to a picnic area comprising circular lawns, picnic tables and blackboards. A pre-existing pool has been opened up to create a pond with a viewing platform to observe the wildlife. There is also a bug zone with ‘bug hotels’ and nest boxes. Metal and wooden moon gates are repeated along the paths and drama is offered by coloured sailcloth hanging from one of

the trees and a stick walk, made using tall telegraph poles. Garden House Design has strong relationships with many landscape product suppliers so sourced all materials itself. In order to complete the additional works it was also necessary for Garden House Design to forego the 12% administration and management fee from trade suppliers’ prices. This resulted in Garden House Design essentially subsidising the materials to ensure that the project reached its full potential. Challenges Challenges encountered included: ● Dense, waterlogged woodland. ● The original funding for the project had to be

used by the end of March, which meant working through one of the wettest winters in history. During the early months of the project the site became even more waterlogged, making for a very difficult working environment. ● Particular attention had to be paid to maintaining the existing woodland ecosystem as this was something that needed to be supported and if necessary reestablished to ensure a natural woodland environment. This impacted how plant and equipment were brought onto site. ● The hospice is located in a somewhat secluded position off a country lane and entry to the work site was through the hospice’s main car park. This meant receiving material 1 Large moon gates along the path take the visitor through the different zones 2 Metal gabions make great insect homes 3 Timeline of the project captured by camera 4 Ann-Marie Powell lending a hand for finishing touches 5 Day 1 – plans in hand 6 Before shot of space now turned into the Woodland Walk 7 Woodland hideout made from large branches

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deliveries was particularly difficult and often resulted in materials having to be handballed off. It also meant negotiating with suppliers as deliveries needed to be made in restricted sized vehicles and within particular times to suit the hospice. â—? As the work was phased and additional works were added at a later date, the schedule of works was continually altered. â—? Due to the restrictions on budget Garden House Design was involved in negotiating gifts in kind and huge support from local suppliers who kindly offered discounts and free materials. This often impacted upon the work schedule, to allow for free supplies to arrive as and when suppliers could allow.

ABOUT GARDEN HOUSE DESIGN Garden House Design is an award winning West Sussex based company specialising in garden design, landscape construction and outdoor styling, in both the domestic and commercial markets. Through extensive experience, it maximises existing outdoor spaces from urban courtyards to rural spaces to re ect its clients individual li estyles Services include project management, construction, planting and styling.

www.gardenhousedesign.co.uk

REFERENCES Contractor

Composite decking

Ironwork/bespoke arches

Skip hire

Garden House Design

The Millboard Company

Chatsworth Forge

Rabbit Skips

4 Roundstone Barn, Roundstone Farm, Littlehampton Road, Ferring, West Sussex, BN12 6PW Tel 01903 774 774 Email info@gardenhousedesign.co.uk Web www.gardenhousedesign.co.uk

Castle Court, Bodmin Road, Coventry, CV2 5DB Tel 024 7643 9943 Web www.millboard.co.uk

Woods Way, Goring by Sea, West Sussex, BN12 4RE Tel 01903 502 221 Email sales@chatsworthforge.co.uk Web www.chatsworthforge.co.uk

Unit 2, Chartwell Rd, Lancing Bus Park, Lancing, BN15 8TU Tel 01903 762 020 Email info@rabbitgroup.co.uk Web www.rabbitgroup.co.uk

Designer Ann-Marie Powell

Ann-Marie Powell Gardens The Old Tractor Shed, Lower Cowgrove, Heath Farm, Heath Road East, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 4HT Tel 01730 825 650 Web www.ann-mariepowell.com

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Wildflower turf Wildflower Turf

Plant hire

Ashe Warren Farm, Overton, Basingstoke, Hants, RG25 3AW Tel 01256 771 222 Email wildflower@wildflowerturf.co.uk Web www.wildflowerturf.co.uk

Winner

General building supplies

Unit 1, 5 Meadow Rd Ind Estate, Dale Rd, Worthing, BN11 2RU Tel 01903 230 700 Email sales@winnerplant.com Web www.winnerplant.co.uk

Parker Building Supplies

Resin bonding

Westminister House, Bolton Close, Uckfield, TN22 1QZ Tel 01825 761 661 Web www.parkerbs.com

MEON

Railside, Northarbour Spur, Portsmouth, P06 3TU Tel 080 8118 1922 Email info@meonuk.com Web www.meonuk.com

Building supplies Travis Perkins

Clapham Common, West Sussex, BN13 3UR Web www.travisperkins.co.uk

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NATURAL BEAUTY SUE TOWNSEND GARDEN DESIGN Marrying a contemporary courtyard with swathes of naturalistic planting, this country garden in Suffolk shows what can be done when you have design-savvy clients and plenty of space

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eeting clients who have great style, a love of gardening and the space to create a number of different themed areas is every garden designer’s dream, and that’s just what this project entailed. From the initial brief to design a contemporary courtyard garden, the project expanded into all areas of the 12,000m2 moated garden, situated in beautiful rural Suffolk. On top of a gentle hill, a moat extended in an L-shape on two sides of the property. The design of the contemporary garden (right) incorporated a main seating area, blocks of planting and an L-shaped rill to continue the moat theme to that end of the property. Wide, oversized stepping stones across the rill were aligned with key 78

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views from the house and gave access to a path to the rear grounds. The build Having sought expert advice on the construction of the rill from Fairwater Ltd, the build of the rill with the concealed butyl lining, pipework, electrics and balancing tank went smoothly. A new brick wall and an archway with a beautiful tile detail was built to lead through to the rear

DESIGN PLAN

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grounds. Sawn sandstone was used throughout the courtyard, chosen to link with the render of the house and the Suffolk red brick walls. As the courtyard had been used as a parking area before, the sub-base was removed in areas to be planted and a lighter textured topsoil imported which allowed us to plant a more Mediterranean palette of plants. The enjoyment of the main seating area enclosed with lavender and olive trees was enhanced with subtle garden lighting of the olives, pleached trees and lower level planting. Underwater lighting in the rill added a further touch of magic to the space. Regular client meetings to explore new design ideas for the main grounds resulted in a new sawn sandstone paved pool area partially enclosed with grasses and accessed via steps through lush prairie style planting. At the end of the pool a gap in a new wave-shaped yew hedge leads to the orchard, planted with additional trees. Beyond the www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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orchard lies a newly designed kitchen garden with raised beds, enclosed by bespoke oak fencing. Arts & Crafts A high level of craftsmanship was one of the key successes in this project. A substantial oak pergola was built by Simon Leonard Construction Ltd with Arts and Crafts detailing designed to echo the woodwork of the beams on the property. The pergola leads to an Arts and Crafts-style bridge (commissioned by the owner) across the moat to a newly planted pinetum. 1 The pergola and client’s own hare statues 2 Rill with stepping stone 3 Perennial planting 4 Rear terrace planting 5 The courtyard rill and planting 6 Patio and seating area

WINNER

PLANTING DESIGN

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ABOUT SUE TOWNSEND GARDEN DESIGN 1 View across the courtyard 2 The pergola at an earlier stage 3 Courtyard rill stepping stone 4 View from north side of seating area courtyard 5 Construction of rill 6 Construction of steps

Sue Townsend Garden Design is a Registered Member of the SGD operating throughout Su olk East Anglia and London er designs are recognized for their clean simple lines bold planting and use o natural materials She has great e perience o designing gardens and planting schemes in coastal rural and urban settings

www.suetownsendgardendesign.co.uk

Planting Beyond the moat a more fluid, naturalistic design takes hold with mown paths cutting through the long grass, meandering around to a newly designed kitchen garden and orchard. To the front of the property a long, hot border was designed to peak from early summer to the autumn frosts. Elsewhere in the garden new seating areas, walks and planting schemes were designed and implemented – a deliciously scented winter garden which leads to a secluded seating area overlooking the main lawn; a woodland spring garden and lush waterside planting by the moat with strong architectural plants. Challenges One of the main challenges was the soil condition – which was heavy clay – especially during wet and cold periods. Great attention was paid to thorough soil preparation: working in grit, well-rotted organic matter and then applying mulch to all newly planted areas.

REFERENCES Designer

Suppliers

Sue Townsend Garden Design

Kings Landscaping

The Barn, The Hill, Westleton, Suffolk, IP17 3AN Tel 01728 648 790 Email sue@suetownsendgardendesign.co.uk Web www.suetownsendgardendesign.co.uk

Unit 23, Halesworth Business Park, Norwich Road, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8QJ Tel 01986 875 555 Web www.kings-landscaping.co.uk Seating in the courtyard

Main contractor

John Lewis Longstock range

Simon Leonard Construction Ltd

Web www.johnlewis.com

24, Benhall Green, Benhall, Saxmundham, IP17 1HL Tel 07930 337 532 Email info@simonleonardconstruction.com

The construction drawing of the rill water feature Fairwater

Tel 01903 892 228 Email info@fairwater.co.uk

Plants Woottens of Wenhaston

Blackheath, Wenhaston,Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 9HD Tel 01502 478 258 Email info@woottensplants.co.uk Barchams Trees Plc

Bespoke sawn and riven Indian sandstone paving Creative Stone Ltd

Mill Race, New Road, Aldham, Colchester CO6 3QT Tel 01206 242 324 Email candsmathews@btconnect.com Web www.creative-stone.co.uk

Eye Hill Drove, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 5XF Tel 01353 720 950

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GOING GREEN STEPHEN A RYAN LANDSCAPE DESIGN Stephen A Ryan gave this tired West London piazza a temporary uplift with bespoke benches, planters and evergreens

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his piazza next to a modern shopping centre in Uxbridge, West London, was an underused space that lacked focus. Its conflicting architecture and hard landscaping included cambers that were difficult to negotiate, no seating and as a south facing site, it was searingly hot in summer. The space was rarely used and was not a positive influence on the surrounding rental yields. Overall, the potential of the site was not being realised. 1 Planters with Trachelospermum climbers soften the columns 2 The design introduced structure and a more human scale

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The brief Stephen Ryan had been working with the centre management and asset managers on a complete redesign of the piazza for 18 months when the call came to design an interim greening project that would change the space into a more intimate and welcoming area. The project needed to make use of the existing space and surfaces and had to be in place within eight to ten weeks. The installation was to be semi-temporary (two to three years), reusable and movable when the main project was developed, but also to have a big impact. All retail and restaurant space was in use and disturbance needed to be kept to a minimum. Design and build The location and client HSE requirements made Tendercare the obvious choice for the installation and they worked through the certification and risk assessments together. Europlanters was able to deliver custom made planters to spec and time constraints. ESF was instructed to build the 360˚ square benches that wrapped around the planters in powdercoated steel and Douglas fir timber. A fall of more than 3m from one side of the space to the other made the placing of the planters challenging and timber wedges with Perspex covers were created to straighten them. Planting Stephen decided to soften the columns of the modern building using evergreen summer flowering climbers with seasonal underplanting. The cube planters in the upper area were ordered in a colour to match the old timber framed building and planted with roof trained

ABOUT STEPHEN A RYAN LANDSCAPE DESIGN An RHS medal-winning landscape design practice with a detailed and collaborative approach to working with clients, architects and other creative industries. Each project is unique and we create aesthetically pleasing unified spaces which are correct or the site and ulfill the brief set by our clients. We work on a wide range of projects from domestic to commercial, small and large, in urban and country settings. Our studio is in Gerrards Cross, just a few miles west of the M25 London orbital road and we work all over the country with an emphasis on the areas surrounding Beaconsfield Gerrards Cross and London

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PROJECT DETAILS Project value ÂŁ40k Build time Two months development time and ordering, two weeks to installÂ

BEFORE

Size of project 1,000m2 piazza

REFERENCES

Parrotia persica trees underplanted with Buxus sempervirens. A brick raised bed was planted with a matrix of Buxus, three Sorbus aria standard trees alongside more regimented planting flowering in orange and purple.

Planters

Stephen A Ryan

Chadkirk Industrial Estate, Vale Rd, Romiley, Stockport, SK6 3NE Tel 0161 426 0207 Email enquiries@ europlanters.com Web www.europlanters.com

Europlanters

62 Packhorse Rd, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, SL9 Tel 01753 887123 Email stephen@ stephenaryan.com Web www.stephenaryan.com

1 The installation creates a destination in a previously intimidating void

Benches

2 Huge cube planters create a pathway to the door of the restaurant

ESF Environmental Street Furniture

Plants and trees

Valley Business Centre, Church Road, Newtownabbey, Belfast, BT36 7LS Tel 0845 606 6095 Email sales@worldofesf.com Web www.worldofesf.com

18 Southlands Road, Denham, Uxbridge, Buckinghamshire, UB9 4HD Tel 01895 835544 Web www.tendercare.co.uk

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Landscape design and construction

Tendercare

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LIGHT TOUCH

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BOWOOD LANDSCAPES Building sensory gardens for two of Ravenswood Village’s care homes required meticulous planning

PROJECT DETAILS Project value £102,500 Build time Oct-Dec 2013 Project completed in March 2014 (after heavy winter rainfall disrupted work) Size of project Tager garden: 445sqm Pamela Barnett garden: 490sqm

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n early 2013 Greenstone Design UK was invited by Norwood Charity’s facilities director to tender for the design and build of two specialist sensory gardens for residents of neighbouring care homes within Ravenswood Village. Home to 130 people with learning disabilities living in 13 care homes set in 120 acres of Berkshire countryside, Ravenswood was set up in 1953 by four families aiming to provide education and care for their children and for others with a learning disability. Bowood Landscapes was asked to create two sensory gardens on a plot of land between two of the residential homes, Pamela Barnett and Tager, which was at that time laid to grass. The project was unusual in that the two groups of residents had different requirements due to differing disabilities – the majority of the Pamela Barnett residents were in wheelchairs. www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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The build Being asked to build two communal gardens for people with special needs made a pleasant and challenging change from building the everyday garden patio. Indeed, this was the biggest project that the Bowood team (six employees on this project) had undertaken in its 22 year history. Following rigorous preparation and planning, Bowood commenced work on 16 October 2013. From the start weekly review meetings were held with the client managers and designer. This worked extremely well and avoided any big surprises. The team envisaged a nine-week installation period, but the weather had other ideas! The winter was one of the wettest on record, and although by Christmas Bowood had completed 75% of the build and most of the hard landscaping structures were in place, the team was unable to complete the

paths, beds and planting due to the very wet conditions. With the full support of the client, Bowood took the regrettable decision to put the project on hold while waiting for more favorable conditions.

ABOUT BOWOOD LANDSCAPES Bowood Landscapes has been creating beautiful and unique outdoor living spaces since 1992. Based in Reading, Berkshire our team of landscape gardeners have built up an outstanding reputation for quality, with over half of our work coming from personal recommendations and repeat business We also o er maintenance and so t landscaping contracts. One of the gardens we maintain was featured on ITV’s ‘Love Your Garden’ in July 2012, Alan Titchmarsh called it “one of the most beautiful and inspiring gardens in the county”.

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Challenges Aside from the weather, another major factor was the poor ground conditions. The team was expecting plenty of nice topsoil underneath the grassy area where they were to create the gardens. In reality, after the first five inches they met a layer of rubble and spoil, the results of old buildings demolished a decade ago. This hampered every hole dug and every bed and border created. A lesson was learned on the importance of carrying out a preliminary ground condition test! The project opened officially on 12 May. It was fantastic to see the residents using the gardens and hearing the positive comments.

1 Welsh slate monolith water feature

6 Raised vegetable beds

2 Thatched gazebo and window pond

7 Raised bed doubling up as seating

3 Textured planting in Pamela Barnett

8 Simple planting in the Tager garden

4 Themed raised bed

9 Straight lines and simple planting

5 Living willow arbour

10 A place to rest and reflect

Pamela Barnett Garden ● Water features contribute both aesthetically and as a sensory experience. ● A pond with transparent side provides an alternative view of life. ● There is an emphasis on the natural world, with features to encourage wildlife – birdfeeders, hedgehog houses, insect houses and feeding stations. ● The garden appeals to the senses, particularly touch, using plants and hard materials such as sand and rock. ● A tall water feature monolith emphasises the central point of the garden, surrounded by a variety of ‘pods’. ● The garden has value all year round.

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REFERENCES Designer

Paving

Katy Bott at Greenstone Design UK

Bradstone

Email katy@greenstonedesign.co.uk Web www.greenstonedesign.co.uk

Tel 01335 372289 Web www.bradstone.com

Contractor

Aggregates/self binding gravel

Bowood Landscapes Ltd

Willis & Ainsworth

37 Southlake Crescent, Woodley, Reading, RG5 3QJ Web www.bowoodlandscapes.co.uk

Terence House, 24 London Road, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 4LQ Tel 01635 865679 Web www.willisandainsworth.co.uk

Machinery hire and sundries Travis Perkins

Plants

9 The Lakes, Lakeside Northampton NN4 7HD Web www.travisperkins.co.uk

Johnsons of Whixley

Gilsthwaite Lane, Kirk Hammerton, North Yorkshire YO26 8 Tel 01423 330234 Web www.nurserymen.co.uk

Timber and fencing Bouchier Fencing Ltd

Goring Road, Woodcote, Reading, Berkshire RG8 0QD Tel 01491 681265 Web www.bouchierfencing.co.uk

Tager Garden ● The garden is clearly structured and logical, with no mystery or surprises. ● Larger spaces enable social interaction. ● Gardening opportunities allow residents to learn about the soil, pots

and growing plants. Raised beds give access to all. ● The garden is divided into separate spaces to create activity centres

where young clients can burn energy, helping with concentration. ● All paths are of the same material and natural colour, to aid navigation. ● A summerhouse provides space away from the normal internal

environment and can be used in all weathers. It is enclosed and robust with heating and lighting. ● Planting is controlled, with uniform gentle shapes and little seasonal change. It is all non-toxic. www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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Turf Turf Services: Ladds Garden Centre

Bath Road, Reading, Berkshire RG10 9SB Tel 01189 402505 Web www.turf-services.com

‘Off the shelf’ gazebos Dunster House

Caxton Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK41 0LF Tel 01234 272445 Email enquiries@dunsterhouse.co.uk Web www.dunsterhouse.co.uk Metal edging for paths Kinley Systems

Northpoint, Compass Park Junction Road, Bodiam, East Sussex TN32 5BS Tel 01424 201111 Email sales@kinleysystems.com Web www.kinleysystems.com

PROJECT STATISTICS ● 2450 man hours ● 222 tons of sand and sub base material ● 360 bags of cement ● 340m of metal edging ● Six different digger and dumper machines ● ...and not forgetting the 240 holes dug by hand! (mainly for fence posts)

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HIGHER GROUND

PROJECT DETAILS

OAKLEY LANDSCAPES

Opening a semi-basement with drainage issues to a garden 1.8m higher while avoiding a steep elevation and preserving an existing tree presented challenges on this Richmond Hill site

Project value £24k Build time Oct–Dec 2013 Size of project 140m2

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HIGHLY COMMENDED

PROJECT VALUE UNDER ÂŁ25,000 HARD LANDSCAPING

1 Raised beds planted with perennials 2 Looking down to the main patio 3 Showing the different levels of the garden 4 Jura Beige Limestone steps leading up to the main garden 5 View of the raised beds and steps 6 Looking straight up from the patio

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he clients approached us in August 2013. They were having major work done to their house on Richmond Hill, Surrey and needed the back garden relandscaped. There were a number of issues as there was a magnolia tree the client wanted to keep. To complicate things further the kitchen and lower patio were 1.8m below the rest of the garden and they wanted as few steps as possible to get up into the garden, not wanting to feel enclosed when they looked out from the kitchen and hoped to achieve a more open effect. www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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They were adamant that they wanted lawn not paving at the top of the steps, with the further requirement that the retaining wall leading to the top part of the garden should have a brick edge with the bricks matching the house to suggest entry to a more relaxed area. They wanted a large grass area in the main part of the garden for their two young children to be able to play. They already had a basic plan that simply didn’t work, for example having too many steep steps. To make things worse no

provision had been made for retaining the magnolia, which was up at the garden level. We were asked to rethink the whole design of the garden, whose classy hillside location is in an area full of historic associations above the River Thames. The builder who was renovating the house had to put down a very thick reinforced concrete base to avoid flooding the kitchen, which is in the basement. However, they immediately hit a major problem since as soon as they dug out the foundations they found water. Accordingly, PORTFOLIO 2015 / Pro Landscaper 89

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ABOUT OAKLEY LANDSCAPES Oakley Landscapes has been designing and building gardens for 15 years. Owners Hilary Oakley and Daniel Dun ord aim to o er high quality bespoke designs and construction services in south west London and Surrey. Projects range from small London gardens to public gardens. It is a small company priding itself on working in a friendly and reliable way. It has won eight awards from Marshalls Paving and won an APL award in 2014. The company is equally happy to help those who start with no clear idea of what they want and those with ambitious schemes already in mind.

www.oakleylandscapes.com

when we excavated the rest of the site we had to take into account the drainage issues down the slope while ensuring the steps were not too high or steep. We worked out the different heights of the retaining beds in order to accommodate the Magnolia while still allowing the garden to look naturally balanced, relaxed and un-forced. Once we had started work we decided that as well as putting a drainage channel by the bi-fold doors it would be necessary to put a channel at the bottom of the steps. 90

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We needed to make sure that there were no overflow issues given the fact the kitchen and patio are so much lower than the rest of the garden. This meant that the fall of water had to go in both directions and yet the paving still had to give the illusion that it was level so we hid the two drainage channels under cobbles. We built a pizza oven and constructed an integrated bench made from deck boards with a trellis behind it. We started work in October 2013 and finished just before Christmas of the same year.

The layout of the site and the clients’ specifications meant the project required careful thought and tricky calculations, in order to make the garden a place of ease and delight. 1 Steps leading from the kitchen to the lawn 2&3 The foundations for the bi-level steps with Magnolia tree to the right 4&5 The lower level patio under construction and completed with pizza oven to the right 6 The completed lower patio with bench 7 The Magnolia tree, an attractive feature which was central to the overall design www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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REFERENCES Design and build

Deckboards

Oakley Landscapes Ltd

Elmwood Fencing

22 Coval Road, London SW14 7RL Email hilary@oakleylandscapes.com Web www.oakleylandscapes.com

10 Sheen Lane, London SW14 8LL Tel 020 8878 0993 Email info@elmwoodfencing.co.uk Web www.elmwoodfencing.co.uk

Jura Beige Limestone London Stone

Tel 01784 455 433 Email info@londonstone.co.uk Web www.londonstone.co.uk

Planting design, realisation and maintenance Dinah Cole

Tel 07771 744 515 Email dinah@dinahcolegardens.com

Turf Spooners Turf

Plants

Hesters Yard, Oak Hill, Wood Street Village, Guildford GU3 3E Tel 01483 277 715 Web www.spooners-turf.co.uk

Sempervirens

General building materials Travis Perkins

Morden Road, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 4GL Tel 020 8640 7260 Email mitcham@travisperkins.co.uk Web www.travisperkins.co.uk

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Bridge Farm Nursery, Hospital Bridge Road, Twickenham, Middlesex TW2 6LH Tel 0208 898 7131, Email office@sempervirens.co.uk Web www.sempervirens.co.uk

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IN HARMONY TS LANDSCAPES TS Landscapes created a naturalistic garden sympathethic to the local landscape using local stone, brickwork and wildflowers

COMMENDED

PROJECT VALUE £25,000 – £75,000

ABOUT TS LANDSCAPES Based in West Berkshire, TS Landscapes o ers full landscaping construction services across all southern counties. Whether working with garden designers, landscape architects or to a customer s own specification it strives to build on trusted relationships that allow cost certainty with product quality to be hallmarks through all their pro ects Senior landscaper and proprietor of TS Landscapes, Tom Seward believes that it is the choice o garden structure in equal measure to the planting and colour palette that is the real win for money invested in the landscape.

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et among the chalk meadows of north Hampshire, this characteristic farmhouse, already surrounded by a front garden with entrance area and a rear terrace, was required to become a spectacular, colourful and naturalistic setting for its owners, with an all year round display of plants. Working with garden designer Christine Whatley from Sylvan Studio, the brief was to use construction materials and features that would link the garden spaces and complement the main farmhouse by the use, for example, of reclaimed bricks and natural stone paving with their own particular colour palette as an integral part of a comprehensive design of both hard and soft landscaping that was to be introduced over a number of seasonal phases.

Design and build The design, inspired by the surrounding countryside, centred on the creation of two formal areas that would not be immediately visible to each other, introducing an element of surprise. Working from a carefully surveyed and drafted layout, each area was designed to invite visitors to walk around the individual spaces and rest a while at specific viewing points to take in and contemplate other features in the surrounding areas. A new large terrace was encompassed by low brick retaining walls and a sunken water feature was introduced to break up the expanse of paving and give the terrace its own unique characteristic. Among other introduced ’surprises’, the terrace area was designed to www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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PROJECT DETAILS Project value £30k lead the visitor down a stepping stone path set among a local gravel colour palette up to a set of feature iron gates at the end of the garden. All terrace and surrounding garden beds and borders were then planted to match the local countryside environment. Hard landscaping A list of hard landscaping features specially requested to be used in the project included: ● Raised brick beds – reclaimed bricks to match the exterior of the farmhouse with mitred corner detailing and weather-struck profile to match the house on all facing brickwork www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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● Blacksmith forged iron gate that was to

provide a focal point ● Basket weave path formed from paviors to colour match house brick ● Parterre beds with sandstone paved centres ● Terraces laid with sandstone ● Installation of irrigation system to front and rear garden areas ● Retaining walls and steps ● Sunken water feature ● Cottage and meadow garden planting to beds ● Grass/turf – wildflower meadow turf in a natural setting

Build time First phase 2012 (7 weeks) Ongoing phases in 2014 Completed 2015 Size of project 0.33 acre

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Fields

Lonicera hedge removed

Existing gate replaced

Oak gate

Tap

Lime

5 New Trees

Apple

Planting beds with Beech hedge blocks

Existing Lonicera hedge removed and replaced with new Yew hedge Existing planting bed reshaped

Apple

Mown grass path

Rough grass and meadow flowers

Box hedges

2 New trees forming entrance to Play Garden

Flag and gravel path with planting spilling across

Lawn Apples

Widened grass path to Side garden

New planting at front of bed

Lawn

Weeping Cherry

The Birdbath Terrace Randon flags set in gravel with planting pockets, within low Box hedges 1 2

Planting bed in raised brick wall

1 Rear terrace and farmhouse beforehand

Bench area

2 Front garden with flint wall prior to remodelling

Conifer Arch

2 3

Planting bed replacing Lonicera hedge Low brick retaining wall 0

1

2

Terrace

2

New Yew hedge extending existing

3 Rear terrace under construction

Yew

4 Front parterre under construction

Birdtable

3

Existing stone birdbath, relocated 3 4

RWP

New arch over existing piers

MH CL 49.79

Conservatory

0 1

Apple

Tap

Yew

Drawing

RWP

MH CL 50.00 .00

Breakfast

Pond

Bench area

Sitting

BBQ area

RWP

THE OLD FARMHOUSE

Existing paving

Conservatory

Parking

Existing flagstone welcome area Utility

Kitchen

Larder WC

Hall Dining Room

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Tap Gate 1.17h

Yew

The Old Farmhouse

SylvanStudio

MH CL 9.94

RWP IC CL 10.20

Irish Yews

Project

IC CL 9.89

New Barn Farm

DESIGN PLAN

Irish Yews

Winchester SO21 2PP

Hugh & Patricia Sergeant Date

May 2012

Sketch Plan (Design 4 - agreed Aug 2011)

1:150 on A3

Brick wall

Client

Scale

Drawing no.

Bench area Brick edged gravel

Holm Oak

Shrubs, incl. Lonicera purpusii

Crawley

© Copyright SylvanStudio 2013

Drawing title

Yew

New Barn Lane

PROFESSIONAL GARDEN DESIGN

by Christine Whatley

Gate 1.8h Fence 0.7h over wall

Bay

Flint & Brick wall

Flint & Brick wall

Parterre garden with planting beds and low Box hedges between brick and flagstone paths

Existing Irish Yews Flagstone path

Drawn by

CJW/025/04 Rev2

Rose Clematis

Flint & Brick wall

Tarmac drive

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REFERENCES Designer

Raj Green Calibrated Sandstone

Christine Whatley from Sylvan Studio

RF Landscape Supplies, RF Paving

5 High Street, Erlestoke, Devizes Wiltshire, SN10 5TX United Kingdom Tel 01380 830262 Web www.sylvanstudio.co.uk

A19 Doncaster Road, Whitley, Goole, East Yorkshire DN14 0JW Tel 01977 782240 Web www.rflandscapeproducts.co.uk Gate

Landscape contractor

Gothic Gates

TS Landscapes

Web www.gothicgates.co.uk

79 Andover Road Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 6JH Tel 01635 569251 Email tom.seward@tslandscapes.co.uk Web tslandscapes.co.uk

Chichester Trees & Shrubs

Plants The Mill Studio, Beaulieu, Hants SO42 7YG Tel 01590 612198 Web www.ctsplants.com

Aggregates

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Worthy Sand and Ballast

Turf

Old Station Yard, London Road, Winchester, Kings Worthy SO23 7QA Tel 01962 883708 Web www.worthysandandballast.co.uk

Spearhead Turf

Bricks and paviors

Wildflower turf

J Brant (Reclamation)

Wildflower Turf Company

Lakeside Garden Centre, Brimpton Common Road, Reading RG7 4RT Tel 0118 981 3882 Web www.jbrant.co.uk

Ashe Warren Farm, Overton, Basingstoke, Hants RG25 3AW Tel 01256 771222 Web www.wildflowerturf.co.uk

Lord’s Ground Drove, Cambridge, CB25 0LQ Tel 01638 743431 Web www.spearheadturf.co.uk

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THE PEOPLE’S PALACE

PORTFOLIO JULY 2015

JOHN O’CONNER

Open all year round, the Alexandra Palace and Park is a historic north London landmark presenting many diverse grounds maintenance challenges

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ohn O’Conner has been providing a parks maintenance service to the Alexandra Palace and Park in Wood Green, London, for the past six years. Alexandra Park has held a Green

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Flag Award since 2008. Other park awards include the 2007 BALI Award for hard landscaping construction costing over £100,000, a Silver Gilt award for a Large Park or Public Garden by London in Bloom in 2009, 2011 and 2012, and The Green Heritage Award every year since 2010. The local population is diverse and the park receives a huge range of visitors from dog walkers, exercise groups and concert goers to the general public. It has a number of recreational activities for young children including a playground, deer enclosure and ice rink in Alexandra Palace, a pitch and putt course, plus tree climbing events, a boating lake, skate park and soft play centre. The natural habitat is quite varied. Trees range from arboreta to veteran oaks predating the park with their origins in the hedgerows

of the dairy farm. Meadows, scrub, woodlands and ponds provide a semi-natural feel in places, while summer bedding and shrubberies offer greater formality. Maintenance John O’Conner has six members of staff on this contract, including a contract supervisor, a charge hand and several seasonal/general grounds maintenance operatives. Visitor numbers increase in good weather from Easter to autumn, so litter, park bin collections and minor damage are a constant challenge. In the winter there are problems associated with surface water and boggy ground, plus there’s over 170,000m2 of general amenity grass to cut and maintain all year round. The company uses a variety of mowers from John Deere to Hayter/Toro ride-on mowers. PORTFOLIO 2015 / Pro Landscaper 95

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Alexandra Palace and Park is open 24 hours a day and the palace is a historic entertainment venue for exhibitions, concerts and conferences, which means access roads and car parks must be accessible at all times. During the winter months John O’Conner has specialist equipment to clear snow from car parks and its own salt gritter to keep roads and car parks from freezing over. It operates a SnowEx SP-6000, SnowEx Mini-Pro SP-575 as well as a Strimech Stoll rear mounted 7ft snow blade.

Alexandra Palace and Park Address: Alexandra Palace and Park, Wood Green, London N22 7AY Opening times: 24 hours a day, all year round Park manager: Mark Evison Annual maintenance cost: £400,000

Planting and wildlife The park is a local nature reserve and Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC), it is home to a large and varied wildlife from pipistrelle bats to its own herd of fallow deer. In 2010 the park hosted London’s first ‘bioblitz’ in a major park. With the help of the Natural History Museum and plenty of families and volunteers, a huge range of wildlife was discovered from common trees and birds to rare heath grass and little known invertebrates. The grounds maintenance team carries out various planting within the park ranging from tree and shrub works and annual bedding displays, which are very popular with park users. The team also carries out yearly bulb planting with help from local schools and friends groups. John O’Conner has also worked recently with the Urban Orchard Project, planting a new orchard in the grounds of the park with a variety of fruit trees including apple, pear, medlar and quince. ABOUT JOHN O’CONNER John O’Conner is a market leader in public and private sector grounds maintenance services. Initiatives include apprenticeships, work experience placements, volunteer, community and environmental projects. Memberships and achievements: • Member of BALI and the Institute of Groundsmanship • BALI Principal Employer of the Year 2013 and 2008 • Regional Newcomer Employer of the Year 2013 by The National Apprenticeship Service • Finalist for Supporting Young People Award by the Hertfordshire Business Awards 2014 • ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 • Constructionline, Chas and Safe Contractor Approved

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Green Flag Award Alexandra Park has held a Green Flag Award since 2008. The Green Flag Award Scheme recognises the best green spaces in the country, and applications are judged against eight key criteria: • Health, safety and security • Maintenance of equipment, buildings and landscape, plus litter, cleanliness and vandalism • Environmental sustainability • Conservation of heritage and nature • Community involvement • Marketing strategy • Overall management

REFERENCES Alexandra Palace Charitable Trust

Plants, shrubs and trees

Web www.alexandrapalace.com

Pipers End, Letty Green Hertford, Herts SG14 2PB Tel 01707 261 370 Email sales@rochfords.net Website www.rochfords.net

Joseph Rochfords Nursery

Grounds maintenance John O’Conner

2 Great North Road, Welwyn, Hertfordshire AL6 0PL Tel 01438 717 175 Web www.johnoconner.co.uk

Small landscape and amenity tools and sundries Tudor Environmental

Grass seed, chemicals and fertilisers

9 The Royal Parks Guild marks 150th anniversary with John O’Conner’s apprentices 10 Working with volunteers on the Urban Orchard Project 11 Area near the rose garden 12 Carousel at Alexandra Palace’s 150th anniversary celebrations 13 The rose garden 14 Boating lake 15 Alexandra Palace’s 150th anniversary celebrations

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1 Falkland Close, Charter Avenue Ind Estate, Coventry CV4 8AU Tel 02476 856 846 Web www.tudorenvironmental. co.uk Power tools and machinery

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Briants Of Risborough Ltd

AHS Ltd

Green Close Works, Thame Rd, Longwick, Princes Risborough, Bucks HP27 9SG Tel 01844 343 663 Website www.briantsltd.co.uk

Coppards Lane, Northiam, East Sussex TN31 6QN Tel 0333 207 0440 Web www.ahs-ltd.co.uk

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THE GOOD LIFE ARTSCAPE DESIGN & BUILD Artscape Design & Build turned a run-down garden into a contemporary dining area and party space complete with garden room and swimming pool for the ultimate in outdoor entertaining

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he brief was to improve the gardens around the house, incorporating a swimming pool and garden room. The garden room was to be used for changing and showering, socialising, displaying their son’s art and listening to music. Although the house is traditional they had a contemporary extension built with bi-fold doors and the gardens were designed to be sympathetic to this. Design and build ● Starting at the entrance, new stylish

automated gates were designed which were sympathetic to the detail in the front door and a pedestrian gate in the same style replaced an old metal gate opposite the front door. ● The driveway was increased in size to accommodate the clients’ cars and provide better manoeuvrability. The drive was constructed using Cotswold gravel with the existing granite setts re-used to edge the drive. ● New steps and planting together with a pair of pots on either side of the front door draws visitors to the entrance and improved the approach. ● Separating the front from the back garden and linking the garage to the house, the existing Beech hedge was extended which also screened the cars from the back garden.

1 Finished swimming pool and garden room 2 Dining terrace

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PROJECT DETAILS Project value £113,000

● The key element in the back garden was the

swimming pool. This was installed in a sunny part of the garden using a black liner to provide reflection and a more natural look. An automatic pool cover was installed. As the swimming pool was located in a higher part of the garden, less screening was needed. Areas of grey natural stone with Cedar decking to match the pool building were designed for lounging and access. ● Matching gravel paths give access around the house with stone terrace areas providing areas for dining and sitting. The terraces were softened with low planting so as not to block the views and to add colour and scent, with a selection of herbs provided for cooking and to complement drinks. ● A semi-circular Beech hedge gives structure and mystery to the garden with long grass and wildflowers surrounding a beautiful Mulberry tree. ● Locations for the clients’ sculptures and a bench were carefully considered with lighting to emphasise them at night. ● A vegetable garden, compost bins and a shed were created out of site behind the hedges. ● Wherever possible, materials were reused on site such as the turf, topsoil from excavations, granite setts, old bases, paving and compostable material in the planting borders. Overall a very attractive garden was created within a year of implementation which harmonised with its surroundings. 100 PORTFOLIO 2015 / Pro Landscaper

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Build time 11 months Size of project 1,900m²

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REFERENCES Design and build

Gravel

Artscape Design & Build

Cotswold – Country Supplies

43 Golden Ball Lane, Pinkneys Green, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 6NW Tel 01628 629238 Email info@art-scape.co.uk Web www.art-scape.co.uk

Oakleaf Farm, Warrendene Road, Hughenden Valley, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP14 4LY Tel 01494 562 406 Web www.countrysupplies.uk.com Hedging

Brick steps

Ready Hedge Ltd

Chelmer Red Imperial – Gibbs and Dandy

Court Gate Nursery, Station Road, Eckington, Pershore, Worcestershire WR10 3BB Tel 01386 750585 Web www.readyhedgeltd.com

Saint-Gobain House, Binley Business Park, Coventry CV3 2TT Tel 0800 008 7658 Web www.gibbsanddandy.com

Planting Boot & Co

4 Market Road, London N7 9PW Tel 020 7607 0088 Email info@roomsoutdoor.co.uk Web www.roomsoutdoor.co.uk

Rijneveld 12, 2771 XT Boskoop, PO Box 37, 2770 AA Boskoop, The Netherlands Tel 0172 235 235 Email info@boot.nl Web www.boot.nl

Gates

Pool copping and paving

Centaur Automatic Gates

Kandla Grey – Stoneworld Stone & Slate Supplies

Garden room Rooms Outdoor

1 Allium, box ball and lavender planting frames the path 2 Finished front garden 3 Timber retaining walls with perennial planting 4 Box balls in pots 5 Outdoor seating on the terrace 6 Brick and gravel steps to pool 7 Rear garden 8 Decking around swimming pool 9 Building the swimming pool 10 Front garden during the build 11 Building the decking around pool 12 Dining area during the build 13 Nepeta planting on terrace 14 Front garden – before

Bay 1, Wolsey Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire RG4 8BY Tel 0118 9464191 Email centaurservices@btconnect.com Web www.centaur-gates.co.uk

Stoneworld Ltd, Views Farm, Windmill Hill, Great Milton, Oxfordshire OX44 7NW Tel 01844 279274 Email sales@stoneworld.co.uk Web www.stoneworld.co.uk

Granite Setts George Lines (Merchants) Ltd

Swimming pool

Coln Industrial Estate, Old Bath Road, Colnbrook, Slough, Berkshire SL3 0NJ Tel 01753 685354 Email sales@georgelines.co.uk Web www.georgelines.co.uk

Aqua Services (Oxford) Ltd

Oddington Grange, Weston on the Green, Oxford OX25 3QW Tel 01865 331199 Web www.aquaservices.co.uk

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PROJECT DETAILS Project value • Roker Marine Walk, Phase 1 – £1.5m Phase 2 – £1.038m • Seaburn, Phase 1 – £234,000 Phase 2 – £1.037m Whitburn Road, Phase 3 – £1.5m Build time 2010 to May 2015

JUST BEACHY SUNDERLAND CITY COUNCIL Sunderland City Council’s in-house architectural landscape team has won several awards for its outstanding regeneration of two of the city’s oldest beach resorts, Seaburn and Roker

Size of project • Roker Marine Walk Phase 1 & 2 – 10,032m2 Seaburn Phase 1 & 2 – 13,047m2 Seaburn Whitburn Road • Phase 3 – 21,870m2

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underland is known for its industrial past, but the city also boasts stunning beaches at two of its seaside resorts, Seaburn and Roker. Sunderland City Council’s in-house Planning Implementation and Landscape Architects teams were tasked with breathing new life into the resorts, and the project identified Seaburn Promenade and Roker Marine Walk as priorities for investment. Both sites represented the focal points of each resort, from where views of the two stunning sandy beaches of Whitburn Bay and Roker Sands can be enjoyed. However, these areas were also particularly symbolic of the areas’ decline, displaying evidence of wear and tear, crumbling public areas and poor access. Works were carried out over two phases at both Marine Walk and Seaburn Promenade, with completion of the second phases in early 2014. Design and outcome Designing a seafront is a challenge in its own right, so the task of redesigning two distinctly unique stretches of Sunderland’s coastline simultaneously and delivering a coherent style seemed a daunting task. Drawing upon local knowledge, childhood experiences and consultation responses, the council’s in-house architectural landscape team had a clear vision to create an organic coastal experience that would work with the www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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existing spaces, drawing inspiration from the unique topography, geology, panoramic views and nature. Sustainability was at the heart of the project, and the early involvement of artists, street artists and craftsmen working with the architects at the sketch stage helped subtly integrate new and existing features, delivering a unique take on the natural and cultural heritage of the promenades.

Materials and planting The formerly bleak and harsh environment at both Seaburn and Roker was addressed with robust natural materials and forms, with a strong emphasis on new areas of soft landscaping using plant species suited to the harsh coastal landscape. The planting was designed to reflect random outcrops of coastal planting battered by the elements. Native and ornamental grasses were mixed with herbaceous perennials adding vibrant colours throughout the year. No two planting beds are the same, creating something different

at every point of the journey. This also allows flexibility when maintaining the beds – when plants need to be divided and moved, the beds will evolve into different mixes over time. The projects incorporated new and recycled stone materials mixed with clay blocks and resin gravel to add texture and contrast, and to aid visually impaired users. Local materials reclaimed from site, such as driftwood washed down the River Wear, were used within planting beds to introduce obscure natural forms that contrasted with the naturalistic planting. Local cannonball limestone was reclaimed from the site and reused in the main features, such as the walling, bespoke railings and handrails at Seaburn. Fixtures Multipurpose viewing platforms and steps at Seaburn Promenade and street furniture at Roker work as pleasing sea defences integrated into the landscape, as opposed to over engineered and unsightly sea wall solutions. 1 Eryngium agavifolium seed heads give Autumn interest 2 Neptea ‘Six Hills Giant’ provide early season colour 3 Carved Boulder seating by The Stone Chef 4 Wave railing at Seaburn with distant view of Roker Pier 5 Concrete wave seating and hardwood picnic table 6 Seaside planting and form 7 Vibrant colours of Kniphofia and Perovskia 8 C2C end point sculpture and new hard landscaping 9 Cafe pod PORTFOLIO 2015 / Pro Landscaper 103

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ABOUT SUNDERLAND CITY COUNCIL The in-house landscape team includes three landscape architects, James Gordon, Philip Dorian and team leader Kevin Johnson, together with two specialist technicians Claire Hogarth and Florante Marcos. The council’s seafront works won the national award from the Royal Town Planning Institute for Excellence in Planning and Design for the Public Realm and also the Commercial Landscape Category at the 2014 Northern Design Awards.

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the site, improving security and safety for the public and enabling use of the space into the evening and during early morning for activities such as the Sunderland Illuminations. This won the Local Government News Award for public lighting in 2012. Accessibility improvements at Seaburn and Marine Walk were introduced to ensure the seafront could be enjoyed by all. Areas of high kerbs were replaced with flush interfaces, connecting existing pathways directly to the promenade or beach viewing platforms. The project demonstrates a commitment to good quality design and this has delivered responses to the environment, addressing key site issues in imaginative ways and establishing a sense of place previously lacking at both Seaburn and Roker. Challenges The project team did encounter challenges during the project. This included ensuring that local businesses could stay open while works

were on site as well as managing the timing of works around the north east’s harsh coastal weather and the peak summer season, when the seafront hosts major events and increased visitor numbers. Landscape architect Philip Dorian said: “The fact that we achieved this with a planning and design team based entirely in-house is something we are extremely proud of.’’ The projects have encouraged private sector activity in the area, with a new cafe and residential development recently completed at Roker Marine Walk and a restaurant development on site at Seaburn Promenade.

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Marine Walk Phase 1

Marine Walk Phase 2

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REFERENCES Main contractors – Phase 2 works

Granite natural stone paving and steps

Clugston Construction

CED Stone

Tyne and Wear Tel 0191 495 0500

Essex Tel 01708 867 237

Trevor Atkinson & Co Ltd

Clay paving

Barnard Castle Tel 01833 640435

Hardscape

Bolton Tel 0845 260 1748 Web www.hardscape.co.uk

Phase 3 works Eurovia

Yorkshire Tel 01709 763 760 Web www.ringway.co.uk Feature lighting consultants

Roker Pod fabricators Millimetre Ltd

East Sussex Tel 01273 626562 Web www.millimetre.uk.net

Aurora Lighting and Design

Awards • Local Government News 2012, Public Lighting – Winner • RTPI 2014, Excellence in Planning & Design for Public Realm – Winner • Northern Design Awards 2014, Commercial Landscaping – Winner • Green Apple Awards 2015, National Local Authorities – Gold Award

Tyne and Wear Tel 0191 5196099

Street furniture

Consultation workshops

Billingham Tel 01642 373400

Logic Street and Park Furniture Ltd

Planning Aid England

London Tel 020 3206 1880

Hardwood timber seating and picnic tables

Wintering bird survey

Factory Furniture

Argus Ecology

Oxfordshire Tel 01793 763829

Durham Tel 01207 524 859

Feature lighting Consultants

LITE

Abacus Surveying and Alignment

Lancashire Tel 0845 8732 601

Sunderland Tel 0191 5670222

Funding partners

Flood risk and drainage survey

Coastal Communities Fund (BIG Lottery Fund)

Glasgow Tel 0141 242 1400

AECOM

Leeds Tel 0113 391 6800

CABE Sea Change Bespoke stone seating

CABE/Design Council

The Stone Chef

Tel 01643 862279

London Tel 020 7420 5200

Bespoke metalwork

Other partners

Chris Brammall Ltd

Cumbria Tel 01229 588580

CEED – Community Environmental Educational Developments

Roker Pod design

Sunderland Tel 0191 5498844

Art Gene/NicholsonBastik

Cumbria Tel 01229 825085

Disability Independent Advisory Group

sue.cain@sunderland.ac.uk Marine Walk play area Creative Ginger Artists

Newcastle upon Tyne Tel 0191 242 5420

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ABOUT ROGER GLADWELL LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION LTD RG Landscape Design and Construction began 20 years ago as a one-man band and has since developed into a 40plus work orce with a eet o vehicles working primarily across Su olk or olk into Esse and up toward Cambridgeshire As the company has grown so too has its skills and services rom regular maintenance works encing and driveway construction through to larger earthworks and ully landscaped and planted gardens both contemporary and traditional all using only the highest quality materials and workmanship.

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FULL FLOW ROGER GLADWELL LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION LTD Roger Gladwell Landscape Design and Construction transformed the outside of this period property with a refurbished Palm House and distinctive bespoke water feature

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PROJECT DETAILS Project value ÂŁ940,000 Water feature: ÂŁ28,000 Build time Over two years Water feature: two to three months

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hen the clients bought Stour house, the land directly surrounding the property was rather bleak and uninviting, with very little to soften the rigid exterior. The client wanted to create flow around the front of the house, leading the eye to the existing Palm House, which was also refurbished as part of the overall brief. Due to the contours of the site, the existing terrace lent itself beautifully to incorporating sweeping steps, which would wrap themselves around the house and terrace. During the design process, it was decided that the shapes created would look stunning in combination with the movement and flow of water. The clients loved the idea and thus a water feature was included in the original plan. The client knew from the start that he wanted a completely bespoke standout feature knitted into the fabric of the building itself. In-house designer Angela Hart created the water feature with this in mind and proposed that it should be built as an extension to the existing red brick wall of the sun terrace.

Size of project One hectare

1 Corner steps incorporating Scoutmoore setts and Haddonstone copings 2 Overall project upon completion 3 Blending of reclaimed and handmade bricks 4 Box hedging and complementary planting

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5 The restored Palm House 6 Suffolk white bricks contrast with sandstone paving 7 The water feature lit up at night 8 View across the water feature to the Palm House 9 Hand beaten copper linear/bowl enhanced with lighting

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The materials used were selected with the utmost care and attention to blend with the age of the house itself, while also giving the water feature a sharp, contemporary presence against the building. Different types of sandstone paving were used on the terraces, paired with Suffolk white bricks. The water feature pool was built using Leca blocks and fibreglass, lined to make it watertight. The outside of the pool wall, which sits directly next to the sweeping walkway, was finished in red brick and capped with coping stones from Haddonstone. This kept the look as clean and crisp as possible next to the Yorkstone paving. To give the feature a traditional, pastoral twist, a copper bowl was designed and commissioned by a local company, RH Barrel and Son. They created a stunning, quarter circle bowl in copper, incorporating a deep lip so the water would cascade over into the pool below.

1 Night view through brick arch to the Palm House, handcut paving in York stone 2 The start of the terrace works 3 The start of the water feature works 4 Finished Palm House with contrasting paving 5 Side steps in construction

REFERENCES

Challenges Installation of the water feature took two months, including rebuilding the existing wall behind the feature and laying the electrics. When finished the water feature measured 10m in diameter. Due to the size and volume of water required, the feature was linked to a newly drilled borehole which now feeds Stour house its own water supply. While this created some challenges, the outcome was that the water feature has a continuous supply of fresh water, keeping it clean and reducing the risk of water evaporation and algae build up during the summer months. 108 PORTFOLIO 2015 / Pro Landscaper

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Design and build

Cobbles

Handmade bricks

Roger Gladwell

B&M

Bulmer Brick & Tile Company Ltd

In-house designers: Angela Hart; Hannah Sheffield Tel 01728 638 372 Email sales@rogergladwell.co.uk Web www.rogergladwell.co.uk

Ipswich, Suffolk IP10 0QQ Tel 01394 448556 Web www.bmconcrete.co.uk

Brickfields, Bulmer, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 7EF Tel 01787 269232 Web www.bulmerbrickandtile.co.uk

Water feature copper construction RH Barrell

Home Farm, Bedfield, Suffolk IP13 7EE Tel 01728 685 542 Web www.rhbarrell.com Paving Marshalls

Tel 0370 411 2233 Web www.marshalls.co.uk

Reclaimed bricks Cobar Services Ltd

Plants

Stowmarket Road, Ringhall, Suffolk IP14 2JA Tel 01473 658435 Web www.radisol.co.uk

Robin Tacchi

Fen Farm/Fen Lane, Diss, Norfolk IP22 2RL Tel 01953 681312 Web www.robintacchiplants.com

Coping stones Haddonstone Ltd

Lighting

The Forge House, East Haddon, Northampton NN6 8DB Tel 01604 770711 Web www.haddonstone.com

Reed Electrical

Worlingworth, Suffolk IP13 7HX Tel 01728 628014 Web www.reedelectrical.co.uk

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South Marine Park

BESIDE THE SEA ISS FACILITY SERVICES LANDSCAPING Located on the seafront in South Shields, South Marine Park is a challenge to maintain thanks to the thousands of visitors it receives each summer

Address South Marine Park, Sea Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear NE33 2LD Opening times 24 hours a day, year round Park manager Allan Maving – outdoor facilities officer for the Greenspace Team, South Tyneside Council

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or over 100 years South Marine Park has been a place for walking, relaxing and socialising and is a popular destination for tourists and the community alike. It boasts two children’s play areas – one of which is home to a giant sandpit full of diggers and running water wheels. A firm favourite with all ages is the boating lake, which is designated as a local wildlife site. As well as enjoying a leisurely row or pedal around the lake, visitors can get up close to a huge number of swans, tufted ducks, pochard and geese who have made the park their home. A miniature steam railway operates throughout the main season, and visitors can follow a new art trail featuring ten sculptures reflecting the heritage and natural environment of the park. In 2008 the park underwent major restoration work, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and South Tyneside Council to return it to its original Victorian splendour. Works included repair of the terrace and restoration of the stonework; the return of the bandstand to an exact replica of the original model; new layout and pathways, planting and a restored waterfall. Awards South Marine Park, a popular heritage park, has won the prestigious Green Flag Award each year since 2009/10. Keeping it looking its best is a joint effort between South Tyneside Council and ISS and local volunteers from the Friends of North and South Marine Park. 1 The wildlife enjoying the boating lake 2 Thousands visit the park each summer

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Staff The services to South Marine Park are delivered by ISS’s grass cutting and shrub maintenance teams. Thomas Cunniff, who heads the shrub maintenance was recently presented with a GEM (Going the Extra Mile) Award for his efforts in keeping South Marine Park looking its best, for his work ethic and standards set. ISS strongly believes its staff are at the heart of its success and South Tyneside retains a high number of original key staff, ensuring stability, continuity and a wealth of contract and local knowledge. The majority of South Tyneside staff reside within the borough, and all receive on-going technical, practical and managerial training to progress their development and ensure they deliver a high quality service. They also receive customer facing training, a critical skill for such a high usage park.

wildlife and flora to the park. Due to the high horticultural element of the shrub beds within the park, most pruning is carried out by hand, enabling ISS gardeners to selectively remove dead and diseased branching, which promotes better plant health and more substantial bloom periods. The summer bedding displays are strictly planted to embody the original planting introduced by the then head gardener, John Peebles, in 1886, although some changes have occurred to encompass newer more sustainable material. The winter months see a much scaled-down maintenance regime.

Maintenance Grass cutting is carried out to a frequency specification, and is generally cut fortnightly during the season with cuttings left on site. Cuttings falling onto the hard surfaces are blown back. Lawn edges are strimmed and not treated with any herbicide. Naturalised areas are cut much less frequently to preserve and encourage

Challenges The logistics of maintaining the grassed areas in the height of the season, when thousands of people visit the park, offers the biggest challenge. Flexible working is very much the key here and ISS’s grass cutting teams reprogramme rotas to ensure the grassed areas are cut outside of peak usage times.

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Equipment ISS uses ride-on mowers such as the Ransomes triple mower for grass cutting to the larger areas, along with Husqvarna pedestrian mowers. Smaller pieces of equipment such as strimmers, blowers and hedge cutters are also Husqvarna.

1 One of the two play parks 2 All aboard for the miniature steam railway 3 One of the more tranquil settings in the park for relaxation 4 Getting ready for new planting 5 Some new plantings 6 The restored waterfall 7 ISS’s South Tyneside management and admin team 8 Engaging with the local community 9 Ensuring the bandstand is always ready for use

ABOUT ISS FACILITY SERVICES LANDSCAPING ISS Facility Services Landscaping is the UK’s leading landscape maintenance service provider and has been a trusted partner to some of the most prestigious and successful public and private sector organisations for more than 30 years. ISS’s vision is to bring added value to its strategic partnerships, helping customers to achieve their key objectives while reducing their risk. ISS’s core services are delivered by in excess of 1,500 fully trained and experienced management and workforce teams from 50 depots up and down the country.

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WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP Since 2006, ISS and South Tyneside Council have been working in partnership to offer quality green spaces to local residents and tourists alike. South Marine Park is one such green space, a popular heritage park, which sits directly behind the foreshore, a very heavily used area. The park provides a wide range of passive and active recreation, leisure and entertainment attractions and opportunities for the local community and visitors. It is the Borough’s vision, supported by elected members and officers, to achieve a better future for the people of South Tyneside and to ensure that South Tyneside is an outstanding place to live and bring up families. It is a joint goal to provide safe, clean and secure public spaces for the community to use and enjoy. It is an equally important element of achieving this vision to ensure the provision of quality parks and public spaces. ISS prides itself on delivering a high standard of horticultural and landscape maintenance to South Marine Park. These services are managed to ensure that the park is safe, visually pleasing and contributing towards a quality environment for residents and visitors, so improving the quality of life for the user. Over the course of the partnership, more efficient and innovative ways of working have been found to meet the significantly reducing budgets, whilst still providing valuable green spaces to the residents of South Tyneside and visitors.

REFERENCES Park maintenance

Shrubs

ISS Facility Services Landscaping

Ravensworth Nurseries

ISS House, Genesis Business Park, Albert Drive, Woking, Surrey GU21 5RW Tel 0845 057 6200 Web www.isslandscaping.co.uk

Richmond DL11 7HA Tel 01325 718370 Email info@ravensworthnurseries.com Web www.ravensworthnurseries.com Bedding plants Blomfields Ltd

Equipment Ransomes Jacobsen

West Road, Ransomes Europark, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 9TT Tel 01473 270000 Web www.ransomesjacobsen.com

Woodland Nurseries, Stamford Hill, Lowca, Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 6PS Tel 01946 693034

Husqvarna UK Ltd

Preston Road, Aycliffe Industrial Park, Newton, Aycliffe, Co Durham DL5 6UP Tel 0844 243 5263 Web www.husqvarna.com/uk

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JULIAN BARCLAY LTD Using block paving, Indian sandstone and a circular design, Julian Barclay Ltd transformed this rundown front garden into a low maintenance driveway Victorian style iron railings that were in keeping with the properties in the surrounding area and maintained a feeling of space. Design and build The first phase of construction included clearing the site of unwanted vegetation and reshaping all trees located within the garden boundary. The second phase was to clear the site of extraneous soil and root material, after first removing the existing turf. Surplus concrete

and rubble waste was removed from the site so that the new driveway levels could be realigned to better suit the natural form of the ground. The client required the slope from the road to the garage to be reduced. Rubble saved from the demolition process was topped with 40mm down Type 1 road stone, graded to form a consistent, uniform slope and a strong base for the large number of cars. A channel drain was installed across PORTFOLIO 2015 / Pro Landscaper 113

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the front of the garage emptying to a large soakaway underneath the main circular area, connected by a series of counter sloping four-inch drainpipes. All surface water from the tile and shingle and blocked paved areas of the drive was eventually channelled into this soakaway. The soakaway was constructed using blocks, forming an underground water storage tank in which a submersible pump was installed to provide a natural water source for irrigation to the front garden.

PROJECT DETAILS Project value up to £25k Build time 3 weeks Size of project Approx 400m2

A large circular area leading off the main driveway was created as a universal parking space. Block paving throughout was thought to be too commercial looking, hence the use of tar and shingle product to complement the Chelsea sets and brindle charcoal edging around the circle’s perimeter. To create a more ‘garden feel’, buff brown Indian sandstone was used to make the side access path and front doorstep, giving a softer appeal while maintaining functionality.

The flower and shrub beds were excavated by two to three inches to apply a semipermeable membrane and quality marine bark chippings, reducing weed growth and complementing the rich colours of the new driveway and patio. Upon completion of the main driveway and soft landscaping, Julian Barclay opted for a new powder coated bespoke iron fence in a traditional estate design to blend the newness of the front driveway with the more traditional style of the surrounding Victorian properties. The fencing was fabricated and installed by the team at Julian Barclay Ltd, but was sent to a third party for powder coating. Finally, it was noted that excavation of the driveway would leave the lime tree on the left hand side of the drive with its roots more exposed once the surface levels had been lowered. A brick supporting wall was constructed around the base of the lime tree, backfilled with soil to create a feature raised bed giving the opportunity to plant with colour at the head of the driveway. Materials Julian Barclay Ltd selected locally sourced products to contrast with and complement the property, creating an aesthetically appealing frontage. Where possible the company sources its materials from independent local suppliers.

1 A strong base was required to withstand the client’s several cars 2 The finished tar and shingle drive 3 Before construction began 4 Chelsea sets and brindle charcoal edgings edge the driveway

ABOUT JULIAN BARCLAY LTD Julian Barclay Ltd, launched as a sole trader in 1987 and has grown from a small business to a successful and reputable enterprise while retaining its core values. The complete landscaping and tree service company has diversified to include a wide range of services for both private and commercial customers, aiming to provide quality, professional services to all its clients.

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Challenges There were many hurdles to overcome during the construction and development phase of the scheme and although the finished product looks uncomplicated (which was ultimately the desired outcome), the project presented many challenges that the team at Julian Barclay Ltd found very satisfying and rewarding to overcome. Drainage was a key problem in the development of the project due to the property and ground being lower than the roadside. Therefore, a transverse soakaway system was constructed underneath the main circle of the driveway. All water run-off from the driveway extending towards the garage was collected by means of an 4in underground drainage pipe, from a channel drain in front of the garage door running back against the slope of the land into a soakaway. 5

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Rubble and 40mm down Type 1 road stone was graded to form a uniform slope

REFERENCES Contractor

Paving

Julian Barclay Ltd

Bradstone

Leiston Enterprise Centre, Eastlands Industrial Estate, Leiston IP16 4US Tel 01728 635 342 Web www.julianbarclay.com

Tel 01335 372 289 Web www.bradstone.com

Fencing J T Pegg and Sons

Park Rd, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5EU Tel 01728 452 281 Web www.jtpeggandsons.co.uk

Flowers and Shrubs Botanica Nurseries

Chantry Farm, Campsea Ashe, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 0PZ Tel 01728 747 113 Web www.botanicaplantnursery.co.uk All drainage work was supplied and installed by Julian Barclay Ltd

Tar, shingle and bark Julian Barclay Ltd

www.kings-landscaping.co.uk

Leiston Enterprise Centre, Eastlands Industrial Estate, Leiston IP16 4US Tel 01728 635 342 Web www.julianbarclay.com

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ABOUT LONGVIEW DESIGN Longview Design is a creative landscape architecture and garden design practice based in the heart of West Susse We o er a riendly and pro essional service to developers, architects and private corporate and domestic clients both nationally and internationally The practice is a partnership between Joe Perkins and David Dodd who together have years o e perience in the industry Joe as a landscape architect and David as founder and owner of the respected landscape design and construction company The Outdoor Room

www.longviewdesign.co.uk

1 The completed pool, terrace and hot tub 2 The completed garden from the pool area 3 Over 4 miles of western red cedar slats used to create the screening 4 The outdoor shower with hot and cold running water 5 View from inside the ‘indoor’ kitchen 6 The barbecue and sink components of the outdoor kitchen 7 Outdoor sofa and coffee table

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PROJECT DETAILS Project value £180k Build time Design: June 2014 Construction: January 2015-May 2015 with ongoing works to front garden Size of project 365m²

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he client asked for a clean, modern, design to complement their beautiful Victorian house which had been built in the 1850s but modernised throughout, with a stunning kitchen glazed at one end to allow a full view of the garden. The existing west-facing garden was uninspiring, with an awkwardly shaped terrace at one end and raised kidney-shaped swimming pool at the other. The pool dominated the garden which, with the raised decking surround, foreshortened the view effectively cutting the space in half. The brief was to include a 7x3m countercurrent pool with a sun terrace and garden room. A plant room and furniture store was also required along with a hot tub and provision for an outdoor shower. Privacy was cited as a concern as the garden is surrounded by three and four storey houses. At the house end of the garden a dining terrace with space for outdoor lounge furniture and built-in barbeque was to be created, without detracting from the view from the kitchen. There was no access to the garden from the sitting room, but there was an existing set of French doors so new steps had to be designed to allow for this. PORTFOLIO 2015 / Pro Landscaper 117

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The design The design needed to accommodate the above requirements in a reasonably limited space while maintaining a clean style and avoiding being cluttered. Longview chose to restrict the hard-landscape palette to just three materials – Purbeck limestone paving, London stock brick for the walls (to match the house) and western red cedar for the carpentry work. The main terrace opens out to one side of the kitchen to retain the view from inside with steps from the sitting room leading down into an outdoor lounge area, framed at one end by the barbeque, with sink, work surface and cupboards below. A stepping stone path takes the eye over the lawn, connecting the pool area to the dining terrace. A series of intermittent timber screens designed to accentuate the vertical, run down both sides of the garden. These tie into a similarly

DESIGN PLAN New lawn edged with aluminium Purbeck stone paving laid in courses to match pool area

Existing robinia

Bespoke vertical slatted screening alternating with ‘green screens’ of steel mesh and trachelospermum jasminoides

designed timber and steel gazebo, beneath which is a sunken area with hot tub and shower. The garden lighting is understated but effective, with lights fitted to the timberwork of the screens and gazebo, again highlighting the vertical planes, which contrast with the horizontals of the paving and swimming pool. The build During the build the main challenge was water. A natural spring fed into the north east corner of the garden where the sunken hot-tub area was sited, continually filling the area around the external pool shell. A sump had to be constructed, with an automatic pump to keep the water at a level below the finished paving. The planting The planting had to be reasonably easy to maintain, but it was also expected to be

1 no. step up to pool area, with 500mm stone mowing margin at lawn level

3 no. steps down to sunken hot tub area (480mm below pool paving)

Paving and pool coping to be purbeck limestone (2nd cut thornback), laid in 500,300 and 200mm coursed widths, random lengths

dynamic and change with the seasons. Structural shrubs such as Pittosporum and Viburnum are used amongst grasses and perennials, with bulbs such as Allium and Camassia providing accents. Screening and height was needed for privacy and to offset the dominance of the gazebo and pool plant-room. Carpinus betulus ‘Frans Fontaine’ was chosen to form a backdrop to the garden, with multi-stem Betula utilis var. ‘Jaquemontii’, Amelanchier lamarkii and a sculptural Parrotia persica planted to frame the view from the kitchen towards the gazebo. The design required an outstanding level of finish and detailing and this was more than provided by the main contractor, The Outdoor Room, which worked together with some of the finest specialists in the industry to produce a result of which the client is justifiably proud.

Built in timber bench with storage below

Low retaining wall with stone coping Boffi outdoor shower Bespoke slatted gazebo with hot tub under Existing brick wall rebuilt

Stabilised gravel path Swimming pool

Screen planting to include specimen evergreen trees

Pool house/plant room and garden storage. A bespoke timber building with flat roof and flue for boiler

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Built-in gas bbq with work surface/ cupboards Outdoor underneath. sofa and Bar stools chairs with cantilevered provide additional parasol(s) seating over

Existing bay tree retained and pruned Stepping stone path using purbeck stone gives dry access to pool area

Planting bed with some tall screening plants to break up the pool house

Bespoke vertical slatted screening alternating with green screens of steel mesh and trachelospermum jasminoides

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1 View from the pool edge back towards the house

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2 Sunken hot tub under the bespoke slatted gazebo

6 The pool shell under construction

3 The ‘lounge’ area with outdoor kitchen

7 Initial visualisation of the finished garden

4 The ‘before’ garden

8 Purbeck pool coping and hot-tub area

REFERENCES Contractor

Worktop

Trees

Knoll Gardens

The Outdoor Room

Margrasil Ltd

Ebben Nurseries

Luxford House, Farren Court, Cowfold, West Sussex RH13 8BP Tel 01403 865 285 Web www.theoutdoorroom.co.uk

Unit E, Star Road Trading Estate, Star Road, Partridge Green, West Sussex RH13 8RA Tel 01403 710 485 Email quote@margrasil.co.uk Web www.margrasil.co.uk

Beerseweg 45 | 5431 LB Cuijk Postbus 124 | 5430 AC Cuijk The Netherlands Tel +31 (0)485 31 20 21 Email info@ebben.nl Web www.ebben.nl/en/

Stapehill Road, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND Tel 01202 873 931 Email enquiries@knollgardens.co.uk Web www.knollgardens.co.uk

Longview Design

Barbeque

Plants

Urbis Design

Luxford House, Farren Court, Cowfold, West Sussex RH13 8BP Tel 01403 865 667 Web www.longviewdesign.co.uk

Cedar Nursery

Provender Nurseries Ltd

Horsley Road, Cobham Surrey KT11 3JX Tel 01932 862 473 Email sales@landscaping.co.uk Web www.landscaping.co.uk

The Landscape Centre, Leydenhatch Lane, Swanley, Kent BR8 7PS Tel 01322 662 315 Email enquiries@provendernurseries.co.uk Web www.provendernurseries.co.uk

30 Full Sutton Industrial Estate Full Sutton, York YO41 1HS Tel/Fax 01759 373839 Email rm@urbisdesign.co.uk Web www.urbisdesign.co.uk

Pots

Designer

Stone Lovell Purbeck Limited

Irrigation

Downs Quarry, Kingston Road, Langton Matravers, Swanage, Dorset BH19 3JP Tel 01929 439 255 Email sales@lovellpurbeck.com Web www.lovellpurbeck.com

Landscapeplus Limited

Evergreen Exterior Services Ltd

Unit 1, Kemble Business Park Crudwell, Wiltshire, SN16 9SH Tel 01666 577 577 Email help@landscapeplus.com Web www.landscapeplus.com

21 Croydon Lane, Banstead, Surrey SM7 3BW Tel 020 8770 9200 Email sales@evergreenext.co.uk Web www.evergreenext.co.uk

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TALK OF THE TOWN QUADRON SERVICES

Courtenay Park in Newton Abbot is a formal town park maintained by Quadron Services

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uadron maintains Courtenay Park in Newton Abbot on behalf of Teignbridge District Council. Courtenay Park is one of 20 formal parks managed by Teignbridge District Council, and Quadron has been responsible for its maintenance since December 2010, when the company won the council’s grounds maintenance contract. In 2014, Quadron won a British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) National Award for its maintenance of the park, having demonstrated a high standard of workmanship, professional presentation, consideration to sustainability and client satisfaction.

The community regards the Green Flag accredited park as a vital part of the town and it is one of the main recreational spaces. It offers a mix of facilities for local people of all ages, including a sensory garden, a pond and surrounding bog gardens, a play area, teen shelter, toilets, annual floral display beds and ample grassed areas on which to kick a ball or enjoy a picnic. There is also a bowling green within the park, but this is not maintained by Quadron. Courtenay Park is one of Teignbridge’s most diversely planted parks. It contains shrub beds, seasonal bedding displays, rose beds, bog plants and a sustainable garden.

The park This Victorian park has an area of 3.4ha and retains many of its original features. Situated opposite Newton Abbot’s railway station and just 700m from the bustling town centre, it is a smart town park with manicured horticultural features and specimen trees.

Maintenance Quadron’s on-site gardener is present in the park from Monday to Friday during the spring and summer seasons and is a familiar face to visitors. He is supported by a three-person team for larger tasks such as mowing. Quadron’s contract with Teignbridge District Council requires the on-site gardener to be present 75% of the working week with 25% of his time spent on smaller areas close to the park. Having a near-permanent on-site presence gives park visitors a friendly face to report problems to, as well as providing a feeling of increased safety. Quadron’s gardener takes great pride in ensuring the park looks its best and is meticulous in carrying out a round of litter picking first thing every morning so that the first visitors of the day are greeted with a clean and tidy park. He also visually inspects the equipment in the children’s play area for safety before continuing with horticultural maintenance work.

ABOUT QUADRON SERVICES Founded in 1993, Quadron is an award-winning green space management company priding itself on the quality of its work and proactive approach towards cultivating sustainable green communities. Quadron provides grounds maintenance services to a number of local authorities and housing associations throughout London, the Midlands and the South West. The company currently maintains 69 Green Flag accredited parks and has been recognised with three BALI Principal Awards in the last two years.

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Courtenay Park Address: Courtenay Park Rd, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 Opening times: All year round

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He says, “I am lucky enough to work in my favourite park but it needs plenty of attention to take it through its many seasonal changes. Hundreds of people pass through the park every day, many of whom stop to enjoy the peace. There are plenty of quiet places with benches where they can read, think, or simply watch the world go by. I take pride in what I do and try to get on well with the public. It’s nice to chat with them and receive positive feedback about my work.” Sustainability As an ISO 14001 acreddited company, Quadron aims to adopt sustainable, environmentally friendly practices in its maintenance activities. While Courtenay Park does not generate a large amount of green waste, what is produced is composted on site to be used as mulch. Bedding is ordered from a supplier which provides the plants in peat-free compost and an electric John Deere E-Gator vehicle has also been deployed in the park and local area. This vehicle has the advantage of zero emissions and low noise levels, and so provides minimal disturbance to visitors enjoying the park. Community Both Quadron and Teignbridge District Council are keen to encourage community involvement, and the Friends of Courtenay Park takes an active interest in the development of the park. Quadron has also assisted the council in running several events with local school children. These have included sowing wildflower seed and the construction of bird boxes and a bug hotel in the park. Teignbridge District Council’s vision statement for the park is: “To maintain and develop the park in a long term sustainable manner sympathetic to the needs of the area and its historical nature, while meeting the long term needs of people today and future generations.” Quadron is pleased to be able to contribute to the realisation of these aims in this well-loved town park. 122 PORTFOLIO 2015 / Pro Landscaper

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REFERENCES Contractor Quadron Services

The Hub, Warne Road, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset BS23 3UU Tel 01934 614444 Web www.quadronservices.co.uk Plants Blaise Nursery

Bristol City Council, Kingsweston Road Lawrence Weston, Bristol, BS10 0XF Tel 0117 903 1404

1 The park is mainly grass which is mowed by a three-person team 2 Local school children visit the park to join in with planting seasonal bedding 3 A special commemorative carpet bedding arrangement was planted in 2014 to mark the centenary of the start of World War One

Machinery John Deere

Harby Road, Langar, Nottinghamshire NG13 9HT Web www.deere.co.uk Ransomes Jacobsen

West Road, Ransomes Europark, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 9TT Web www.jacobsen.com

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ON TOP FORM WOODBLOCX WoodBlocX helped create a functional outdoor space with raised beds and seating at Stratford One, one of the capital’s most desirable student apartment complexes

1 WoodBlocX raised beds, planters and seating were used throughout the 700m3 terrace at Stratford One 2 Hardwearing seating 3 Students can enjoy views across Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 4 Mixed planting was used throughout 5 Planting close-up 6 Seating close-up 7 Raised beds border the main building Photography: Martin Mulchinock

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Raised beds and seating Railway sleepers were originally planned for the timber element of the build, but after researching alternative solutions for creating a combination of raised beds and seating, the site’s project manager modified the plans and opted for the WoodBlocX system, which fuses together pressure treated FSC pine blocks using a series of dowels. WoodBlocX components are manufactured in five different sizes and work in the same way as bricks. Any capping and angled parts are pre-mitred, saving installers significant build time and eliminating the need for sawing, drilling and disposing of waste, a plus point for large installations. The installation of the raised beds took place at the final stage of the apartment build, before the site was opened to students. Cranes were used to lift the pallets of WoodBlocX and other materials to the higher levels and WoodBlocX and Urban Planter’s install teams worked together to build the ten raised beds and 20 separate seating areas.

ABOUT WOODBLOCX Part of Munro Sawmills, WoodBlocX launched in 2012. O ering a uni ue alternative to railway sleepers and wooden boards, its pre-drilled, pressure treated blocks are uick to build and create attractive hardwearing long lasting structures WoodBlocX works with professional clients across a number o industries providing landscaping solutions including raised beds retaining walls kerbing seating and steps The company s in house design team works closely with clients to deliver on time and to budget whilst providing technical e pertise along the way WoodBloc also has a success ul domestic division

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PROJECT DETAILS Project value £150,000 Build time 3 months Size of project 700m2 plus six smaller roof terraces and a podium garden

Construction Each bed was built directly on top of a porous plastic layer to ensure adequate drainage once planting was in place; the walkways and remaining spaces were paved using square slabs and edges finished with decorative pebbles. One of the benefits of the WoodBlocX system is that structures can be built without the need for foundations, larger structures include buttresses every 1.5m and the unique dowel and wedge system combined with the robust pressure treatment of the wood means the materials can withstand large amounts of force. The final design for the main terrace incorporated six raised beds in total with wide, angular structures to border the edges of the terrace and exterior walls of the building, with islands placed centrally within the space, each incorporating seating and lighting. Planting The brief for the planting scheme was to provide plants that were suitable to the conditions of the area, to provide year-round interest and encourage biodiversity. The

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REFERENCES WoodBlocX

Sub contractor

Tel 0800 389 1420 Email admin@woodblocx.co.uk Web www.woodblocx.co.uk

Urban Planters

Client

Planting

Unite

Classiflora

Tel 0300 303 8645 Email salesenquiry@unite-students.com Web www.unitestudents.com

Tel 08700 600 420 Email info@classiflora.com Web www.classiflora.com

1 Views across the Olympic Park

6 Spacious areas to enjoy the view

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7 The build in progress

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8 The team on site

Westfield Design & Construction

4 Square paving and decorative stone offer a low maintenance finish

9 Seating and planting sit side by side

5 Students enjoy the space

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10 Planting offers year round interest

Tel 0800 358 2245 Web www.urbanplanters.co.uk

Tel 020 7061 1400 Web www.westfieldcorp.com

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The Jacksons Curve was much admired at Futurescape... If you didn’t manage to make it to Futurescape in November, you will have missed your chance to see our lovely new Curve garden shelter in the flesh. I think it was definitely one of the best shows yet, a very busy and ‘buzzing’ show, with stacks of visitors who did stop by the

Oakley Landscapes with Piers Jinks

Jacksons stand to admire the Curve. Here it is below with a few of the admirers. You can find out lots more about the Curve and its little sister, the Demi Curve, by going to: jacksons-fencing.co.uk/curve or call 0800 41 43 43

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OVER THE HILLS POLLEY GARDEN DESIGN The sloping rear garden of this Scottish bungalow was redesigned as an extension of the home, making the most of the stunning hill views

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his 1930s bungalow in Edinburgh had a sunny sloping rear garden with stunning views to the Pentland Hills which skirt the south of the capital. The clients had modernised the bungalow and saw the garden as an extension of their home and the renovation of the garden as a way of completing the project. The reception rooms were at the back of the property so a design for the garden was all about making the most of the views. The existing garden had a sloping lawn, an old apple tree, a few shrubs and the remains of a run-down garage at the bottom of the garden www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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with a concrete sloped driveway leading down to it in reasonable condition. The brief The brief from the clients was for a low maintenance garden with a large decked area. It was also to include a pergola for climbers, a vegetable growing area and greenhouse, water feature, plant beds and a small lawn. The big question was what to do with the old garage and concrete driveway. Keep or demolish?

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PROJECT DETAILS Project value £20k Build time August 2007 to June 2008 Size of project 380m2

Design and build Gillian Polley of Polley Garden Design decided on a contemporary design of interlocking spaces. The views from the bungalow and garden were stunning, but there was a price – the garden was very exposed to the wind. The old garage was well positioned to capture late afternoon and evening sun and offer some wind shelter, so the decision was made to keep it.

The garage was given a makeover, rendered and painted a cream colour, with new built-in wooden seats, raised plant beds and a new paved surface. The clients planted the raised beds themselves with seasonal plants that included peonies and an old family collection of dahlias. Steps were designed to lead down from the sitting room door to the main area of the garden via a sunny, large open deck area, with a table and chairs. Moving into the garden from 128 PORTFOLIO 2015 / Pro Landscaper

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the deck, a series of gravel pathways wind through organic-shaped plant beds filled with sun-loving plants, including lavender, sage and thyme, to a wooden pergola, designed to hold a sail covering on hot days, and clothed with climbing plants. The pergola adds height, visually linking the garden to the view of the hills beyond. It sits between a small lawn area and a trickling vertical water feature surrounded by a mix of gravel and pebbles forming a dry river bed. Reached via wooden steps set in a sleeper retaining wall, the lower garden features a slate pathway with inset sleeper details bordering a boundary bed planted with trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, giving year round colour and interest. Three Betula utilis jacquemontii trees and some larger shrubs were planted to veil the telegraph pole just over the garden boundary. The aged apple tree in the garden had to be removed due to the new retaining wall design. The client highly prized the fruit, but did not know the variety, so samples were sent to the RHS which identified the tree as a Keswick Codling, well suited to the Edinburgh climate. A new tree was planted in this area which is now fruiting well. The slate pathway leads to a new sheltered seating area. The old concrete driveway on the other side of the sitting area was in good condition so it was agreed to resurface it with resin bonded gravel. A greenhouse was erected here along with

raised sleeper vegetable beds and an additional drainage channel was added at the base of the front of the old garage, butting up to the new resin bonded gravel surfacing, to redirect any excess water. An informal barrier was then created between this area and the main garden using a row of upright poles linked by galvanised wire and planted with trained fruit trees, giving spring blossom and autumn fruit. On completion of the project the clients said, “The garden has enhanced our lives hugely and is now the focal point of our home. We love looking out at the view as it changes through the seasons, we never get bored of it.”

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ABOUT POLLEY GARDEN DESIGN olley Garden Design o ers a ull garden design, planting and advice service or clients throughout Scotland Gillian olley works closely with clients rom start to finish to give them a uni ue garden that is right or them Gillian trained with the ickard School o Garden Design in Edinburgh and has years o e perience working on both commercial and private pro ects She is also a show garden udge

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Design

Berrybank Nursery

Polley Garden Design

5 Boggs Holdings, Pencaitland, East Lothian, EH34 5BA Tel 01875 341179 Web macplants.co.uk

3 Swanston Road, Edinburgh EH10 7BB Email gillian@polleygardendesign.com Web www.polleygardendesign.com

Priorswood Clematis Nursery

Landscaping Outline Gardens

Leyden’s Cottage, Leyden’s Road, Denholm, Hawick TD9 8NB Email mail@outlineproperty.co.uk Web www.outlinegardens.co.uk

1 Standing stone water feature surrounded by dry pebble river bed 2 Pergola with climbers 3 Slate pathway with wood sleeper detailing and seat 4 Acanthus spinosus 5 The garden before

Paving Marshalls

Landscape House, Premier Way, Lowfields Business Park, Elland HX5 9HT Tel 01422 312000 Web marshalls.co.uk

6 The deck area

Plant bed metal edging

7 A view across the garden

EverEdge

8 Greenhouse and raised wooden beds 9 The old garage, now a sheltered sitting area

PO Box 333, Market Drayton Shropshire TF9 4WL Tel 01453 731717 Email enquiries@everedge.co.uk Web www.everedge.co.uk

Priors Wood, Widbury Hill Ware SG12 7QH Tel 01920 461543 Web priorswoodclematis.co.uk Softwood decking and wood sleepers, gravel, slate, pebbles and cobbles Gravel: Cream Quartz 9-15mm Border Aggregates & Landscaping Supplies

Pinnaclehill Industrial Estate Kelso, Roxburghshire TD5 8BW Tel 01573 228009 Email info@borderaggregates.com Web www.borderaggregates.com Turf Rolawn Medallion turf

Rolawn Limited, Elvington York YO41 4XR Email info@rolawn.co.uk Web www.rolawn.co.uk

Pergola Forest Ultima Pergola kit

Upright water feature

Unit 288, Hartlebury Trading Estate, Hartlebury, Worcestershire, DY10 4JB Tel 0844 248 9801 Email info@forestgarden.co.uk Web www.forestgarden.co.uk

Dobbies Garden Centre

Melville Nursery, Lasswade, Midlothian, EH18 1AZ Tel 0131 663 1941 Web www.dobbies.com

Planting Damhead Nursery

Damhead Farm, Lothianburn Midlothian EH10 7DZ Tel 0131 445 4698 Web damheadnursery.co.uk

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Douglas Gibb Photography; www.douglasgibb.co.uk. Ray Cox Photography; www.rcoxgardenphotos.co.uk. Clare Erskine-Murray Photography

REFERENCES

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POINT OF VIEW

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y first visit to site was in early April 2014. Prior to this I had not seen any pictures of the property, so had no idea as to its true location, having never heard of, let alone visited, Deganwy. The day I visited it was sunny and very windy. But what grabbed me most, and fired my imagination, was the sheer beauty of the backdrop. Despite many years travelling this had to be one of the most stunning landscapes I had witnessed. Over time I came to realise this picture never rests, is never still, and can look different every time I visit. There is a rare quality to the light, but also its location means the wind forever shifts the pattern of cloud, adding depth, dimension and drama to this profoundly beautiful landscape. This demanded, indeed deserved, something special, something that would draw that

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DAVID KEEGAN GARDEN DESIGN Landscaper David Keegan takes us on a unique journey via his picture diary of this coastal garden project in Deganwy, Wales landscape in and draw the garden out, connecting the two into a single symbiotic and harmonious relationship. One often reads about this aspiration for connection of landscape, and in this case it was a real, visually coherent element. The brief The gardens, as they were then, consisted of a porcelain tiled area to the top area of the house, a raised bed, an irregular lawn and a privet hedge which blocked the view. Given that the boundary of the garden was on the cliff edge, my first thought: lose the hedge. In terms of clients, the project was a little more complex as

the house comprised two apartments, each with separate owners. Thankfully they have a good relationship and were happy to approach the garden as a joint project. The brief from the clients was quite simple. They wanted a hot tub and a dining terrace, but most of all the ‘wow factor’. The garden should also be harmonious with, and sympathetic to, the landscape. Materials For me as a designer stepping into this unique location I felt it important that not only did we use the skills of local craftsmen, but also the bulk of the materials required for the

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Work began on the build early October 2014, with the build taking six months to complete. During my first site visit, the idea came to do a blog, recording the development of the build as it progressed. The wonderful thing about this blog post is that it also conveys the ever changing nature of the landscape. So here are a few excerpts from the blog posts:

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PLAN

WEEK 1 6 OCTOBER 2014

Work finally begins on site. The build on this project will take approximately three months to complete. Today’s pictures show the first stages in preparing the site for the hard landscaping to follow. Now that the boundary hedge is gone the true nature and sheer beauty of the location becomes more apparent. The view from here is quite simply world class!

ABOUT DAVID KEEGAN GARDEN DESIGN David Keegan is an award-winning garden and landscape designer and writer. Award winner “Residential Landscape Designer of The Year 2013” Northern Design Awards. Award winner “International Landscape Design 2012”, “APLD” USA. Award winner “Garden Designer of the Year 2010”, and 2011 Northern Design Awards. Currently working on garden design projects in Cheshire, Manchester, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Wales and France.

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construction should be sourced locally. We probably achieved this goal with about 70% of material used. It soon became apparent that virtually the entire plot was built on top of solid bedrock, so excavation work originally estimated at a week ended up taking a month, with that month spent with two breakers working flat out. The upside, most of that bedrock was then used in the creation of the dry stone walling, with the remainder used in the gabion baskets. 1 Cantilevered cliff-top platform 2 Skyline egg seats Corten and stainless steel frame, views to Conwy Castle 3 Secret steps from kitchen terrace to hot tub 4 Outdoor kitchen 5 Dwarf Penstemon 6 Dry stone wall terrace beds and upper terrace glass balustrade

WORK BEGINS

10 OCTOBER 2014

Weather now taking a turn for the worse, today was coldest day on site so far. Coupled with rain feels like the first signs of winter moving in. Still, progress for the week is pretty astounding, although the team have hit bedrock in a couple of the wrong places that necessitated a digger with hydraulic breaker. The area for the hot tub excavation was straightforward apart from a large tree stump which will need to come out.

WEEK 2 13 OCTOBER 2014

The bedrock really is a much bigger issue than anticipated but the upside is plenty of stone for use in our gabion baskets which are due on site next week. The aim on this project is to keep and reuse as much on site spoils as poss. The air-con units are now being moved to new location to side of house, leaving the top terrace looking more visually appealing.

WEEK 3 20 OCTOBER 2014

All the upper terrace retaining walls are now complete with the team just finishing off construction details, such as the addition of drilled weep holes for drainage. Also completed recess to block wall which will accommodate sculpture panel specially commissioned for the site. The piece is being carved by Welsh sculptor Jon Evans. I commissioned Jon to create a piece with a distinctly Welsh coastal theme. www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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WEEK 3 24 OCTOBER 2014

The end of week three marks the close of another busy week on site. The week was not without its challenges, particularly given the cliff-top location. The team had to contend with the remnants of hurricane Gonzalo as it made its windy way across the UK. Tuesday no one was allowed to work or go near the site perimeter, the winds were that strong.

WEEK 4 31 OCTOBER 2014

It is hard to describe the sense of human magic involved in the transformation of a mound of stone into a thing of beauty. It is a privilege to be involved in a human tradition that goes back thousands of years, and still in its best expression is relevant in a world of mass production. I wanted the walls built in the traditional manner, but the faces as flush as possible. I marvel at the craftsmanship displayed by Gareth in sculpting these walls.

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WEEK 5 4 NOVEMBER 2014

Finally the pecking out of bedrock is done. It took virtually all of four weeks to break out all the sections required for the installation of the new designs. None will go to waste! Master artisan wall builder Gareth is now joined on site by the grand master, and his original teacher, Barry. You just have to look at the pictures to see the skill and craftsmanship on display.

WEEK 6 7 NOVEMBER 2014

Winter is finally and resolutely arrived in Deganwy. The drive down to site this morning from Manchester was pretty treacherous. During the week Paul had the dry stone walls jet washed and the difference is quite remarkable. Everyone agrees, including the stonemasons, this is some of the most beautiful stone we have ever had the pleasure of working with. The stonemasons tell us this is the first time they have worked with stone quarried on the job.

WEEK 7 14 NOVEMBER 2014

The weather throws new and unpredictable but pleasant surprise by being warm and sunny enough for t-shirts today. A pleasant relief for the team after near two weeks of daily rainfall. The first of the satellite decks is going in, and steps from upper terrace to kitchen terrace also under construction.

WEEK 8 19 NOVEMBER 2014

Today saw completion of the hot tub installation and I must say it was more complicated than I could ever have imagined. This will look all the more impressive once the decking is in place and the enclosure that will house it is installed along with its Sedum roof. Elsewhere on site work is progressing at a rapid pace with footings now in place for most of the gabion baskets, and upper level dry stone walling nearing completion, with the side walls to house the oak steps almost complete. Meanwhile the digger is once again employed breaking out further discoveries of bedrock, this time for the floating platform.

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OCTOBER 2015 REFERENCES

1 Cliff-edge path to floating platform and hot tub enclosure

5 Bespoke English oak stairs

Garden design and build management

Building materials

David Keegan Garden Design & Landscape Consultancy

Richard Williams

Bron Heulog, Conway Road, Llandudno Junction, Conwy, North Wales, LL31 9DX Tel 01492 583 423 Web www.richardwilliams.co.uk

Booths Park (Booth Hall) Chelford Road, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 8QZ Web www.dkgardendesign.co.uk

2 Sub frame for satellite deck

6 Satellite deck inset into Portuguese limestone frame

Technical drawings (and the most important person in my office)

Electrical works

3 Hot tub under construction

7 Tall pots used as sculptural detail

Nat Rutter

Email fellselectrical@btinternet.com

4 Dry stone walls to side of kitchen area and gym under construction

8 Hot tub enclosure with Sedum roof

Glass balustrades and stainless steel posts and wire fencing

Portuguese limestone paving

FH Brundle Ltd

Unit 19H, Hilton Business Park, The Mease, Hilton, Derbyshire DE65 5FJ Tel 01283 734 990 Web www.tradepricestoneltd.co.uk

9 Hand carved Welsh slate relief

Fells Electrical

Trade Price Stone Ltd

24-36 Lamson Road, Ferry Lane North, Rainham, Essex RM13 9YY Web www.fhbrundle.co.uk

Decorative pots Master stonemasons

The Red Mud Hut

Gareth and Barry Hughes

92 Columbia Road, London E2 7QB Tel 020 7613 4811 Web www.theredmudhut.co.uk

Email garethhughes3@hotmail.co.uk Slate sculpture, hand carved Welsh slate and wood

WEEK 9 28 NOVEMBER 2014

Peace of Mined

Furniture supplier

Hen Ysgol yr Eglwys, Bontgoch, Talybont, Ceredigion SY24 5DP Tel 01970 832 220 Email info@peaceofmined.co.uk Web www.peaceofmined.co.uk

Metalco UK/Ireland

PO Box 798 Harrogate, HG1 9UL Tel 01423 705 054 Web www.metalcouk.co.uk

Barbecue and outdoor fridge

Western red cedar hot tub enclosure

Jon and family turned up to personally deliver the finished slate sculpture panel, a wonderful piece of carving, and the concrete to create the floating platform was finally poured in.

Fire magic

Terete Hot Tubs

Unit 15, Orchard Place Business Centre, Seven Mile Lane, Borough Green Kent TN15 8QU Tel 01732 884 030 Email info@fire-magic.co.uk Web www.fire-magic.co.uk

North End, Osmotherley, North Yorkshire DL6 3BB Tel 01609 883 103 Email mike@teretehottubs.co.uk Web www.teretehottubs.co.uk

FINAL ENTRY 27 MARCH 2015

Gabion cages: PVC-coated baskets specifically for costal use

Topographic surveys

Enviromesh

23 Princes Drive, Colwyn Bay, Conwy LL29 8HT Tel 01492 532 400 Email admin@curvasure.co.uk Web www.curvasure.co.uk

It is virtually a year since I started the journey on this project from design to completion and this post shows the finished planting. Although there are still a few small elements of hard landscaping to be completed, the plants are now in, and the Sedum roof planted to the hot tub enclosure. Tempting to think project done, finished, but of course this really is just the beginning of the journey of a garden, this garden. Over the coming months newly planted trees will leaf up, and some may even flower in year one, herbaceous perennials will shortly go into growth overdrive, with layers of new foliage topped with inflorescence. All will add to the creation of a harmonious picture, framing, but never really beating, the wonderful backdrop beyond. The coming years will see elements of the garden weather and soften further into this special place, and in so doing become a part of the language of a unique landscape.

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Curvasure Conwy

Garner Street Business Park, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire ST4 7BH Tel 01782 692 319 Email enquiries@enviromeshgabions.co.uk Web www.enviromeshgabions.com

Structural engineers EWP Conwy

27 Princes Drive, Colwyn Bay LL29 8HT Tel 01492 533 721 Web www.ewpeng.co.uk

Hot tub structure green roof Lindum Green Roofs

West Grange, Thorganby, York YO19 6DJ Tel 01904 448 675 Email info@lindumgreenroofs.co.uk Web www.lindumgreenroofs.co.uk

On site joinery Cain Joinery

Stone cobble suppliers Tudor Griffiths Group

Wood Lane, Ellesmere, Shropshire SY12 0H Tel 01691 626 262 Email concretewebsiteenquiries@tggroup.co.uk Web www.tgconcrete.co.uk/aggregates

Micheal Cain Tel 0161 431 9238/07751 460 380 Email cainjoinery@gmail.com Hot tub enclosure Carl Meadows

Tel 07764 777597 Email carlmeadows@hotmail.co.uk

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COMMUNITY GARDEN

STONE CIRCLE WILLOWBROOK LANDSCAPES

Despite drastic budget cuts mid-project, Willowbrook created a secluded oasis at Nottingham University Hospital

ABOUT WILLOWBROOK LANDSCAPES Established in 1979, Willowbrook Landscapes has established itself as a reputable company, recognised for producing high quality domestic and commercial projects. Now in its 36th year, Willowbrook has developed a large commercial maintenance arm, primarily serving central England. Its comprehensive range of services includes the transition from concept to completion.

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n 2012 Nottingham University Hospitals’ Organ Donor Committee invited Willowbrook to present ideas for a garden which would provide a place of solace for patients, staff, family and friends, especially those involved with the organ donor programme. The project was to be funded solely from public donations and would have to be fairly low maintenance. A site was identified at the city hospital, a narrow pocket of land which was unloved and unsuitable for alternative development. It nestled between an eclectic mix of typical hospital buildings dating from Victorian times, through to the present day.

Design We wanted to create a space which would promote a sense of refuge, peace and comfort. The narrow ‘corridor’ presented a number of challenges, but we opted for a free-flowing contemporary design which would provide open recreational space as well as quiet enclosed ‘reflective’ areas accessible to all, including wheelchair-bound patients and visitors. The main path through the garden

PROJECT DETAILS Project value £25k Build time 8 weeks Size of project 415m²

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Cutting costs Because of time-scale pressures, the original budget was slashed by 30% to match the funding already raised. Willowbrook ‘creatively’ reduced costs, without compromising the original vision for the garden. Here’s how…

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FEATURE

ORIGINAL SPECIFICATION

REVISED SPECIFICATION

Main thoroughfare and access paths

Resin bound surfacing (contrasting colour with oval)

Breedon gravel

Oval recreational space

Resin bound surfacing

Similar surfacing, smaller bed

Adjacent access to circular sitting areas

Areas set back from main path, contrasting resin bound surface

Seating areas linked directly to main access path

Curved recreational seating areas

Curved pergola over built-in seating and raised beds

Simple oak screen backdrop, reduced bench seating only

Circular and recreational seating area surface

Natural paving throughout, resin mortared joints

Textured concrete paving, butt jointed

Main pergola

5 sections, connected structure

3 independent sections

Boundary screening

Combination of oak panels and evergreen planting

Panel screening reduced (70%). Evergreen planting reduced

Standing stone ‘eye’

Resin raked gravel effect

Ground cover planting only to surround standing stone

Standing stone

Willowbrook to commission and erect

To be commissioned by committee when funds available

General planting

High percentage of larger plants

Size and quantity reduced

Planting areas

Pine bark mulch

Bark omitted until funding available

PLAN

1 View north towards the main thoroughfare 2 Inscribed standing stone 3 An inviting approach draws the curious into the garden 4 One of the recreational areas with woven oak screens for seclusion 5 Semi-enclosed seating for quiet reflection 6 View from the eastern entrance

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OCTOBER 2015

emulates a meandering water course, with resting points dotted along its length. The initial concept drawing provided enclosure and screening from the unsightly surrounds, using natural oak panels and structures, supplemented by fastigiate trees and evergreen planting. Resin bound surfacing in two contrasting finishes would allow for easy access, linking the open recreational areas and semi-private contemplation zones. The design also utilised the mounded topography (which we subsequently discovered was the remains of a war-time air raid shelter). The client brief included the provision of a standing stone, sited at a suitable point, with poignantly inscribed personal reflections. Using the ‘raked gravel’ concept, (following the loose Japanese theme requested by the client), we designed an eye-shaped island bed within the main thoroughfare using resin bound material to create concentric rings around the standing stone, imitating the raked gravel effect but without the necessity for routine maintenance. By using slightly larger aggregate, the rippled surface would drain freely (as with tree pit surrounds). Evergreen groundcover would complete the feature.

CONSTRUCTION Preparation An initial site survey was carried out. There were no service plans available and there was concern about the possibility of fibre optic cable runs, so a full CAT scan was undertaken. Risk assessments, method statement and a report were submitted to the Estates Dept before a permit to work was granted. Checks made to establish whether TPOs were active. Test holes revealed remains of an air raid shelter underneath the adjoining mound, so plans had to be modified and the design squeezed to avoid the worst obstacles. Setting out and site clearance The site was secured and escape routes, fire exits and vehicle parking established, all very challenging on such a narrow site without disrupting normal hospital activity. Vegetation was shredded, chipped and recycled. Topsoil was scraped from the site and used to form the surrounding planted areas. Two of the three circular sitting areas were REFERENCES cut into the bank.

Initial construction The main thoroughfare and seating areas were graded to level and recycled concrete base material was spread and compacted over landscape matting to provide a clean surface to work from. All timber work was of green oak. Sleepers were cut to size and concreted into the ground, height adjusted using a laser level. Circular paving kits completed the initial phase. Paths and surfaced areas The large oval recreational area and path edges were set out using aluminium flexible edging, the feature tree planted with cobble surround and the oval concrete base cast. Paths were then topped to level and compacted, the pergola erected and trees and structural planting added. Structure and planting Once the paths were completed, the resin bound surfacing was laid, the larger seating areas and screens were constructed. Breedon gravel topping was used to finish off the paths. Planting was completed, beds were graded and cultivated.

Garden design and landscaping

Screens, oak panels and posts

Willowbrook Landscapes Ltd

Quercus UK Ltd

11 Hillside Drive, Long Eaton, Nottingham NG10 4AH Web www.willowbrooklandscapes.co.uk

The Laurels, Queen St, Keinton Mandeville, Somerset TA11 6EG Tel 01458 223378 Web www.quercusfencing.co.uk

Pergola and posts Harlow Bros Ltd

Long Whatton, Loughborough, Leics LE12 5DE Tel 01509 842561 Web www.harlows.co.uk

Resin bound surfacing, AluExcel flexible edging Kinley Systems

Haywood Way, Hastings TN35 4PL Tel 01424 201111 Web www.kinleysystems.com

Resin bound stone

BEFORE PHOTOS

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Nexus Professional Surfacing Systems

Bannister Hall, Potter Lane, Higher Walton, Preston PR5 4EN Tel 0800 16902277 Web www.nexusprosystems.co.uk

Buff textured paving Bradstone

Hulland Ward, Ashbourne, Derby DE6 3ET Tel 01335 372222 Web www.bradstone.com

Trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants

Semi-circular seats/benches

Old Hall Nurseries Ltd

Cyan

Southwell Road, Oxton, Notts NG25 0RJ Tel 0115 9653303 Email plants@old-hall.com Web www.old-hall.com

Gateway Business Park, Station Approach Road, Coulsdon CR5 2NS Tel 020 8655 6240 Web www.cyan.co.uk

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GLENDALE LIVERPOOL

Working with Liverpool City Council, Glendale Liverpool maintains green spaces across the city as well as mentoring the next generation through its apprenticeship scheme with Myerscough College

PROJECT DETAILS Project value ÂŁ7m in 2006 (ÂŁ2m budget reduction while maintaining the same standard of service) Duration 12 years Size of project 10 million square metres of green open space

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ational green services specialist Glendale has been working with Liverpool City Council since 1999. In 2006, the partnership developed into a 12-year joint venture called Glendale Liverpool. Glendale Liverpool is responsible for the management and maintenance of 10 million square metres of green space across the city, covering more than 100 recreational open spaces. Led by general manager Peter Cosgrove, a team of 113 specialists maintains more than 60 parks, over 140 sports pitches, 18 bowling greens, six cemeteries (with an average of 2,000 burials per year) and two crematoria.

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1 Walled gardens at Calderstones Park 2 Hoeing in Sefton Park Palm House 3 Rose garden in Calderstones Park 4 Stanley Park 5 Japanese gardens at Calderstones Park 6 Walled gardens at Calderstones Park 7 Japanese gardens at Calderstones Park 8 Glendale maintains six cemeteries across the city 9 Pathway in the Japanese gardens

ABOUT GLENDALE Glendale is one of the UK’s leading green services specialists o ering an unparalleled portfolio of nine specialist green services covering everything from grass cutting to specialist arboriculture. This year, Glendale is celebrating 25 years since the beginning o its first contract in Rugby This achievement demonstrates the longevity of the organisation and the commitment of its employees. Glendale prides itself on the professionalism of its duties and works tirelessly to put the people it employs and the people it works with first

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Awards Two of the parks managed by the company, the 235 acre Grade I listed Sefton Park and the 111 acre Grade II* Stanley Park, are in receipt of Green Flag and Green Heritage awards, awarded to sites of historic importance maintained to the highest possible standard. The company has also delivered specialist grounds maintenance on tennis courts within the 126 acre Calderstones Park in preparation for its annual international tennis tournament. In 2010, the company was asked to manage the city’s National Botanical Collection and tropical plants from the collection went on to be awarded two gold medals at the Southport Flower Show. Apprenticeships In 2006, Glendale Liverpool began one of the company’s most successful apprenticeship

schemes in partnership with Myerscough College. As part of this, apprentices are given the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of grounds maintenance from grass cutting and planting, to fine turf care. They are supported by a mentor who guides them as they undertake on-the-job training while obtaining qualifications over a five-year period, including an NVQ level 3. Upon completion of the programme successful candidates are offered a full time position within the Glendale Liverpool team and are provided with a range of opportunities to progress within the company. Development The 12-year contract allowed Glendale Liverpool to think strategically in the long term, with an immediate priority given to investment www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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in people. In 2007 it introduced a workforce sustainability strategy, outlining key objectives, which were to introduce more apprentices to the organisation, upskill existing employees and encourage professional development, and ensure a steady influx of talent through apprenticeships. In 2012, a review of the strategy led to a new approach, centred on providing young people in the area an opportunity to reach their full potential. This led to the creation of a pre-apprenticeship scheme for 16 and 17-yearolds, specifically those not in employment, education or training, (NEETs). Community The company’s core values include regeneration and development projects, community planting www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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schemes, apprenticeship team building events, staff recognition and employing local people. Peter Cosgrove, general manager of Glendale Liverpool, said: “While regenerating a city through building, it is equally important to build people and promote a sense of purpose and civic pride. “Our ongoing commitment to maintaining open spaces for the people of Liverpool is supported by our desire to motivate young local people, helping them reach their full potential and enter the workforce. Through this, we’ve successfully created a forward-thinking team which maintains our high standards of service provision while building up the next generation of green service specialists.”

MACHINERY USED BY THE TEAM 47 Transit flat-bed type vehicles Four large tractors Two JCB 8025 tracked excavators One JCB 2CX Two Ransomes 4650 units Two Pegasus units One Aebi Terratrac TT75 One Ride-on mowers. A mix of JD 1445s and Ransome Parkway units ● Two Trilo SG1100 trailed vacuums ● Two Scarab Minor road sweepers ● Large mix of pedestrian 2-stroke and 4-stroke grounds machines

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SEA CHANGE FROGHEATH LANDSCAPES Frogheath Landscapes took a fresh, tropical approach to this stunning beachside getaway near Hastings

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he plan for this outstanding project was to create a seaside garden retreat for a client who had recently purchased a cliff-top property near Hastings in an area of outstanding natural beauty – a landscape of geological, historical and special scientific interest. Initially, the brief was only to provide access via steps up the steep cliff from the beach to the house. When the client saw what had been achieved and what the team at Frogheath Landscapes could achieve, under challenging circumstances, he took the plunge and appointed the company to create his dream environment. This was to be the client’s first garden. As an extremely successful and busy man, he was keen to have a ready-made, instant garden that could be maintained by a hired gardener. A hot tub, lounging area, fire pit and a writing room were to be included along with subtle lighting and safe access. The client’s lifestyle also dictated that the garden should look as good at night as during the day. In essence, the client wanted to recreate the feel of ‘Malibu or Mustique’ in Hastings!

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The existing garden The house had been secured to the cliff on steel stilts drilled into the bedrock and the existing garden was very steep. There were only a couple of areas of flat ground which were right on the cliff edge and constantly exposed to the elements. Access was difficult and only by poorly constructed steps up the cliff. The clay soil was covered with rubbish and sub soil left by the builders of the house. Several large pines needed to be pruned and the existing vegetation was wild and natural. The brief ● Improve or replace the ramshackle

sleepers and slabs forming the access from the beach up to the house ● Improve the view of the sea and the surrounding cliffs from the garden

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NOVEMBER 2015 Planting list Plant choice was dictated by the coastal conditions and clay soil. Plants were placed in drifts to blend as seamlessly as possible with the existing natural planting. Tree and specimen sizes ● Olea europaea ● Phormium tenax ● Trachycarpus fortuneii Shrubs ● Spiraea japonica ‘Anthony Waterer’ ● Griselinia littoralis ● Lavetera maritima ● Pittosporum tobira ● Hebe parviflora angustifolia ● Olearia haastii ● Fuchsia magellanica Riccartonii ● Senecio greyii ● Eleagnus ebbingei Groundcover ● Leucanthemum superbum ● Geranium Claridge Druce ● Crocosmia Lucifer ● Crocosmia Emily Mackenzie ● Stipa arundinacea ● Find a suitable position for a hot tub with a

great view. Create an area around it for lounging and entertaining ● Improve access around the garden ● Convert an existing shed into a writing room from which the client can easily and safely walk to and from the house without getting his feet dirty – this was subsequently changed to rebuilding the shed to become a writing room with bathroom and sleeping area. ● Install a door entry system and camera on the gate down to the beach ● Install subtle lighting throughout the garden ● Construct a wind-proof fence

ABOUT FROGHEATH LANDSCAPES Frogheath Landscapes prides itself on delivering successful projects from concept to completion. Working predominantly within a 35mile radius of its Burwash Weald base it uses environmentally sensitive suppliers where possible. It employs a highly ualified team under the direction o Steve oody and has proved that budget is no barrier to e cellence having recently been nominated or an award or a garden based on a budget alongside awards or gardens with budgets in e cess o

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The design solution For logistical and practical reasons timber decking was used to create paths, steps and level areas. Cedar was chosen to blend with the existing cladding on the house and the cedar hot tub. Wide steps were designed to allow easy access down a very steep slope from the house to the main deck and beyond. At night, these were subtly and safely lit and appeared to ‘float’ through the mounds of new planting. A large deck provided a level entertaining space with a hot tub and fire pit. Storage boxes were built to house the gas bottles and provide cover for the sofa cushions. As much as possible of the wild, romantic charm of the site was retained whilst taming some of the existing plants to improve the view of the sea. The problems There were numerous challenges to be overcome mainly around the access and logistics of the garden. Vehicles had to be driven along the promenade onto a shingle beach. This involved contacting multiple landowners to get their permission. Tides and members of the public enjoying the beach also had to be considered. As materials couldn’t be stored on the beach the exact materials needed had to be brought to

site each day. There were huge difficulties getting these from the beach to the top of the cliff. A crane was used to transport decking timbers, 90 tonnes of soil, some of the plants, turf, sleepers and the hot tub (although the crane’s arrival was delayed due to the London Olympics and Paralympics). All other materials were carried up the steps by hand and 40 tonnes of concrete taken up in buckets. A generator was required as the distance from the house to the beach was too long to power the cement mixer and other tools. The weather also played a significant part. Over the course of the year every weather type was experienced – deep snow on the beach, raging storms, blistering heat (only after the turf had been laid) and driving rain. However, the main cause for concern was the very limited communication with the client, who was working away for nearly all of the build. Any questions were relayed via email. As a result the garden was virtually complete before the client had his first sight of it. Happily he loved it and sent champagne to all the crew to show his appreciation of their herculean efforts! 1 Panorama 2 Building the steps 3 Decking under construction 4 Frogheath trucks on the beach www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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5 Starting construction in the winter 6 Lifting materials 7 Constructing the hot tub

REFERENCES Contractor

Plants

Frogheath Landscapes

English Woodlands

Willingford Lane, Burwash Weald, East Sussex TN19 7HR Tel 01435 883516 Email enquiries@frogheath.co.uk Web www.frogheath.co.uk

Herrings Lane, Cross in Hand, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 0UG Tel 01435 862992 Web www.ewburrownursery.co.uk How Green Nursery

How Green Ln, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7PS Tel 01732 700382 Web http://howgreennursery.co.uk

Garden design Tina Vallis Garden Design

The Spinney, Alexandra Road, Mayfield, East Sussex TN20 6UD Tel 01435 872090 Email tina@tinavallis.co.uk Web www.tinavallis.co.uk

Crane rental Coussens of Bexhill Ltd

Plant Depot, Thorne Cres, Bexhill-onSea, East Sussex TN39 5JH Tel 01424 892380 Web www.coussenscranes.co.uk

Wooden cladding Roundwood of Mayfield

Soil and logistics

Newick Lane, Mayfield, East Sussex TN20 6RG Tel 01435 86707 Web www.roundwood.com

Gardenscape Direct Ltd

The Wharf, Rye Road, Newenden, Cranbrook, Kent TN18 5QG Tel 0800 854663 Web www.gardenscapedirect.co.uk Turf

Hot tub

Kwik Lawn Turf

Riviera Hot Tubs

21 Cherwell Road, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 8JT Tel 01435 868833 Web www.kwiklawn.co.uk

Danver, 3 Oldway Road, Paignton, Devon TQ3 2TF Tel 01803 663709 Email info@riviera-hottubs.co.uk Web www.riviera-hottubs.co.uk

Fire pit Paloform

Web www.paloform.com

Cabling and electrics Little London Electrics

7 Treetops Way, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 8FN Tel 01435 866809 Email littlelondonelectrical@gmail.com Web www.littlelondonelectrical.co.uk

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Decking Silva Timba

Unit 4, Albright Road, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 8FY Tel 0151 495 3111 Web www.silvatimber.co.uk

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lients Anthony and Elaine have lived in this attractive 1930s detached North London house for many years. It was built by Anthony’s aunt and they fondly remember her running a dance school in the front room. Greenscapes UK was called in after two large trees had to be removed from the garden and extensive root damage had been caused to the existing patio and lawn. The clients had been impressed with the work of Greenscapes UK and Jenny Murison Garden Design in several friends’ gardens and decided to take the opportunity to have a complete garden makeover themselves. Gary Wells of Greenscapes UK and Jenny Murison have worked on many projects together

SHADES OF GREY GREENSCAPES UK

Greenscapes UK keeps it simple, updating this North London garden with clean contemporary lines and a soft grey palette

over the last ten years, learning much from each other. Clients so far have found no difficulty working with two separate companies and benefit from the wide range of design skills, plantsmanship and landscaping expertise both bring to a project. The brief The clients were keen to update the look of the garden with clean contemporary lines making full use of a blue/purple planting scheme, and blue slate was chosen as the paving material. The clients often entertain family and friends and wanted a generous outdoor dining area in the space bordered by the kitchen and living 144 PORTFOLIO 2015 / Pro Landscaper

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room with large folding glass doors providing easy access from the house. A stainless steel water feature was designed as a focal point for the patio and to divert attention away from the neighbouring conservatory. The design The garden slopes up from the house so retaining walls and two flights of steps were incorporated, leading to a lawn and a secluded seating area. The treatment of the boundaries was crucial to allow privacy from neighbours without overpowering the space. This was solved by a block rendered wall curving between a change of heights. Standard bay trees were www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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PROJECT DETAILS Project value £25k Build time 11 months Size of project 210m2

planted at the lower end to give screening at head height. Bespoke slatted fences were made up on site and both walls and fences painted in shades of grey to complement the stone and planting. The timber for the slats was painted before being made up as the wood shrinks slightly after installation and would reveal unsightly bare strips.

1 Six shades of grey and bay trees 2 Graceful flow of the party wall 3 Simple planting with maximum impact 4 Water feature and planting to soften wall 5 Shallow and even steps for easy access to lawn 6 New bed to complement existing planting

ABOUT GREENSCAPES UK LTD Greenscapes UK Ltd is based in St Albans and carries out work across London and Hertfordshire. It specialises in high-end domestic garden projects, priding itself on an exceptional standard of workmanship and a sharp eye for detail. The company is dedicated to working closely with clients to create a garden that goes beyond their expectations.

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Challenges Access to the site was very limited so all preparations for the build were carried out by hand. Excavating the old paving revealed a fractured drainage system and this was entirely replaced with new pipework along with a silt basket installation for the channel drainage. Preparing for the new lawn was particularly arduous as old tree roots had to be meticulously removed from baking ground as summer temperatures soared. The hard work was rewarded with ice creams and plenty of cold drink! Planting The clients gave a clear brief for the planting asking for a profusion of blue and purple flowers. In the existing borders new planting was woven in with the old. It was decided to keep as much as possible of the mature planting to give the new design a settled feel as quickly as possible. There were a number of yellow and purple leaved shrubs, which toned beautifully with the blue and purple flowers of the new planting. An L-shaped border defined the edge of the patio and this was filled with six standard bay trees under planted with rosemary, lavender and silver leaved heuchera. A sunny wide bed in view of the kitchen window was filled with a mix of herbs, grasses and purple flowered bulbs and perennials. A small blue clematis was planted to scramble along the grey slatted fence.

1 View from smaller access steps 2 Existing upper patio area 3 Before the Greenscapes UK effect! 4 Improving the lawn area for new turf 5 Solid wall built to last 6 Carefully linking new with old drainage system

The clients are thrilled with their new-look garden and are looking forward to enjoying it through the seasons to come, and Greenscapes UK went on to tackle their front garden. Success all round!

REFERENCES Landscape contractor

Paving

Perennials

Greenscapes UK Ltd

Stonemarket

Glebe Nursery

29 Sadleir Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 2BL Tel 0845 519 7107 Web www.greenscapesuk.co.uk

Oxford Road, Ryton on Dunsmore, Warwickshire CV8 3EJ Tel 024 7651 8700 Web www.stonemarket.co.uk

Forty Hill, Enfield EN2 9EU Tel 0795 074 9388 Web www.glebenursery.co.uk

Water feature Garden designer

Stowasis

Jenny Murison Garden Design

Sidings Court, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN4 5NU Tel 01302 767170 Web www.stowasis.com

81 Salisbury Road, Barnet EN5 4JL Tel 020 8440 5472 Web www.jennymurison.co.uk

Plants Garden maintenance

Joseph Rochfords Gardens Ltd

Barkers Landscapes

Pipers End, Letty Green, Hertford SG14 2PB Tel 0170 726 1370 Web www.rochfords.net

318 Ladysmith Road, Enfield EN1 3AF Tel 0797 497 5276

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LEARNING CURVE BOURNVILLE VILLAGE LANDSCAPES For its first landscaping and maintenance contract, Bournville Village Landscapes delivered a contemporary planting scheme for the central courtyard of a student accommodation block in Birmingham

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The works Built on the site of a former ambulance station, Athena Studios is a brand new state-of-the-art £10.4million student accommodation complex. Made up of 259 apartments, it required an extensive planting scheme to ensure that its landscaped areas reflected the contemporary design of the project. To achieve this, Bournville Village Landscapes carried out two weeks of work to the complex’s central courtyard including tree, hedge, shrub and bulb planting and turf laying. To support wildlife, such as butterflies and bees, and complement a wooded area behind the building, a native woodland mix was created featuring in excess of 1,000 native species of plants and over 1,000 Snow Drop bulbs. PORTFOLIO 2015 / Pro Landscaper 147

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Planted trees included species such as Silver Birch (Betula Pendula) and Pyrus Calleryana ‘Chanticleer’, sourced from Wyevale Nurseries. This sympathetic approach to local habitat is nothing new for Bournville Village Landscapes. It has developed wildflower areas across Bournville, including Rowheath Park. The range of plants at the complex includes ferns, ornamental grasses and sedges, specimen shrubs such as Amalanchier Lamarckii, and mature formal hedges – all supplied by The Riddings Nursery in Kidderminster. Lloyd Gower, Landscapes Manager at Bournville Village Landscapes, said: “The landscaping work had to be completed at the

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same time as many other tradespeople were busy finishing their work on the building. We had to fit around lots of different contractors, but thanks to our experience in customer service this wasn’t a problem. We all worked well together to make sure deadlines were achieved.” Maintenance BVL began a 12-month maintenance programme for Athena Studios in August to ensure that it continues to look its best all year round. The maintenance programme includes grass cutting, shrub bed pruning, weed control and watering to all shrubs and trees and is in essence a summer/winter programme.

The site has over 1,000 native bulbs and BVL will ensure these plants give the desired flowering effect. The team is currently visiting the Studios twice a week to water trees and once every two weeks to cut the grass and remove emerging weeds. The company is using Rover pedestrian mowers for the grass cutting, Stihl FS100 brush cutters for the strimming and Stihl BR600 Back Pack blowers for leaf clearance and to clear the hard standing of any grass clippings. The company also hopes to continue its success in the Green Flag awards, which it received for the second time this year for Bournville Village Green.

Bournville Village Landscapes is the landscaping arm of Bournville Village Trust, a charity and housing organisation founded by chocolate maker George Cadbury in 1900. The Trust’s vision is to create and sustain ourishing communities where people choose to live and it does this by providing high quality housing and estate management services across Birmingham and Shropshire. In total, the Trust provides services to 8,000 homes of mixed tenure and 25,000 people.

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REFERENCES 1 Some of the plants, shrubs and trees at Athena Studios 2 The beautiful Bournville Village Green in Birmingham which is maintained by Bournville Village Landscapes 3 The Athena Studios complex, Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham 4 (L-R) Carol Priest (Director of Estates at Bournville Village Trust), Lloyd Gower, (Landscapes Manager at Bournville Village Landscapes), Peter Roach (Chief Executive of Bournville Village Trust), and Duncan Cadbury (Chair of Bournville Village Trust), celebrate Green Flag award success 5 Some of the trees and pathways at the new student accommodation scheme 6 A BVL team member cutting grass as part of work to maintain the Bournville Village estate 7 Plants and shrubs will support wildlife such as bees and butterflies 8 Wooded area featuring a native woodland mix 9 A BVL team member maintaining Lightmoor Village in Telford – a contemporary village of new homes

Contractor Bournville Village Landscapes

Bournville Village Trust Head Office, 350 Bournville Lane, Bournville, Birmingham B30 1QY Tel 0300 333 6540 Email enquiries@bvt.org.uk Web www.bvt.org.uk Trees Wyevale Nurseries Ltd

Wyevale Way, Kings Acre, Hereford, HR4 7AY Tel 01432 845200 Email enquiries@ wyevale-nurseries.co.uk Web www.wyevalenurseries.co.uk Plants and woodland mix The Riddings Nursery

Charlton Lane, Torton, Hartlebury, Worcestershire DY11 7SD Tel 01299 253 910 Email Ianc.sadler@btconnect.com Machinery Cub Cadet ride-on mower

Express Mowers, Platts Road, Amblecote, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 4YR Tel 01384 443 499 Web www.cubcadet.co.uk

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For Quality Resin Surfacing Systems

SuDS compliant - no concrete or asphalt base - minimum disruption - seamless Natural rustic looking paving for pathways and driveways Tel: 01825 761333

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At English Woodlands the spotlight is on fantastic trees with first class service and reliability

Burrow Nursery, Cross in Hand, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 0UG Tel: 01435 862992

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ne of the largest engineering projects of the 21st Century, the Crossrail station at North Dock (immediately north of Canary Wharf) was recently transformed by architects Foster+Partners and construction company Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd to deliver around 100,000sqft of new retail space and restaurants. Atop the new station is this spectacular roof garden built by Blakedown Landscapes (SE) Ltd. Designed by Gillespies landscape architects and covering over 5,300m2, it is an elevated green space open for the public to enjoy.

ON TOP FORM BLAKEDOWN LANDSCAPES (SE) LTD This partly enclosed roof garden, built by Blakedown Landscapes above the new North Dock Crossrail station, is the first of its kind in London

Planting and design The first of its kind in London, the roof garden boasts a partly covered roof and a unique micro-climate where specialist planting plays a key role. The garden celebrates some of the plants that were brought to London from faraway lands by intrepid explorers in London’s past. The landscape sits over a reinforced slab that acts as a wide tray containing enough lightweight soil to support mature trees and plants. Footpaths have been elevated on lightweight structures to allow for root growth and drainage for the trees and plants. The geographic location of the site – directly north of Greenwich – places the dock virtually on the Prime www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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PROJECT DETAILS Build time One year Size of project 5,300m2 WINNER Soft Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) Cost over £1.5m

Meridian, dividing the western and eastern hemispheres and inspiring the division of the gardens and planting into two geographic zones. The western half of the garden primarily represents plants from the western hemisphere. This area is characterised by tree ferns, which are primitive plants dating back to the Jurassic period. They are common in the wet tropics, between mountains where mist and drizzle are frequent. Botanical varieties found in this part of the garden include species such as: ● Dicksonia antartica (Soft Tree Fern) ● Dicksonia fibrosa (Golden Tree Fern) ● Dicksonia squarrosa (New Zealand Tree Fern) ABOUT BLAKEDOWN LANDSCAPES (SE) LTD With over 50 years’ experience, Blakedown Landscapes is a multi award-winning landscaping and civil engineering company operating throughout UK. Its team of highly skilled in-house experts will manage your project from concept to completion.

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● Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree) ● Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweet Gum)

The eastern half of the garden primarily represents plants from the eastern hemisphere. The focus is on bamboos and a wide range of grass species. This area contains the following varieties: ● Phyllostachys aurea (Golden Bamboo) ● Phyllostachys nigra (Black Bamboo) ● Sasa Spp (other bamboo varieties) ● Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ (Japanese Maple) ● Magnolia Kobus (Northern Japanese Magnolia) Due to the complexity of the planting, specialist plant consultancy Growth Industry was employed as a sub-consultant to Gillespies. Its role included the production of reports on planting concepts, species selection and commentary on climate and sustainability.

Water The Crossrail station relies on large areas built in the dock to deal with flooding scenarios. Gillespies designed the reservoir that sits alongside the dock to be a pleasing body of water. Water is directed from either end of the sunken garden through a series of weirs set within terraces, which are offset and staggered to encourage water circulation. Each terrace contains three ‘ponds’ of varying depths of water and soil material which support different types of reed planting. Construction Blakedown took over the space from concrete formation and was responsible for providing everything from following: ● Insulation ● Void formers ● Topsoiling ● Bespoke feature ● Walls ● Ducting ● Bespoke seating ● Specially constructed pre-cast concrete plank walkway www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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1 The public enjoys the new planting 2 High impact planting 3 New interpretive signage 4 Tree ferns are completed 5 Blakedown completes the final touches 6 The park’s open roof section lit up 7 The first tree is lowered into position 8 One of the semi-mature trees growing towards the open roof section 9 The completed park ready to be opened 10 ITV News films the first tree being planted

● Resin bound surfacing ● Over 2,000m2 of granite paving

REFERENCES

● Mature trees

Landscape contractor

Tree ferns

Owners

Blakedown Landscapes (SE) Ltd

Kelways Plants Ltd

Canary Wharf Group Plc

Halebourne Nurseries, Halebourne Lane Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8SL Tel 01276 856856 Email landscapes@blakedown.co.uk Web www.blakedown.co.uk

Picts Hill, Langport, Somerset TA10 9EZ Tel 01458 250 521 Email sales@kelways.co.uk Web www.kelways.co.uk

One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB Tel 020 7418 2000 Web www.group.canarywharf.com

Trees

Architects

Deepdale Trees Ltd

Foster + Partners

Tithe Farm, Hatley Road, Potton, Sandy, Beds SG19 2DX Tel 01767 26 26 36 Email mail@deepdale-trees.co.uk Web www.deepdale-trees.co.uk

Riverside, 22 Hester Rd, London SW11 4AN Tel 020 7738 0455 Web www.fosterandpartners.com

There is also a fully automatic irrigation system adapted to cope with the specialist tree ferns imported from Australia. The intense scheme involved craning all material through the gap in the timber beam roof, carefully timed around other trades requiring access to the space and the limited cranes. This included working out of hours and over weekends to ensure the works could be completed in the limited time window to allow shop and restaurant fit-out contractors to start. The scheme involved importing over 600m3 of topsoil, 100 tree ferns, 15,000 shrubs, 70 mature trees and 2,000m2 of unique black granite. The project also included creating a new clay-lined flood storage area with a gabion terraced water feature. The successful project has been well received by the client and visitors, with many enjoying the tranquil roof space in the busy business district. www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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Landscape architect (lead) Gillespies

1 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DH Tel 020 7253 2929 Web www.gillespies.co.uk Specialist planting consultant Growth Industry LTD

2 Springfield, Sopers Lane Hawkhurst, Cranbrook Kent TN18 5AA Tel 01580 755699 Email enquiries@growthindustry.co.uk Web www.growthindustry.co.uk

Main contractor Shrubs

Canary Wharf Contractors

Robin Tacchi Plants Ltd

One Canada Square Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB Tel 020 7418 2000 Web www.canarywharf.com

Fen Farm, Garboldisham, Norfolk, IP22 2RL- RTP Tel 01953 681312 Email rtp@robintacchiplants.com Web www.robintacchiplants.com

Photographs 1, 2 & 10 © Gillespies

● Extensive shrub planting

Engineers Concrete weir units

Arup

Broadmead Renaissance Cast Stone

Web www.arup.com

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CITY BLUES JOSH WARD GARDEN DESIGN This long, narrow London garden was given a contemporary makeover with a blue/black colour theme and Japanese and Danish design elements

PROJECT DETAILS Project value ÂŁ75k Build time 4 week development 10 week build Size of project 147m2

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his contemporary garden design was commissioned in 2014 for a client in Caledonian Road, central London. The client wanted to transform her overgrown jungle of a garden into a highly stylised space that made a bold statement. The brief was to mirror the eclectic interior in the garden and to redefine the whole space in three distinct areas reflecting different moods and occasions and to track the moving sunlight throughout the day. An enticing runway path was introduced to draw the residents from the main dining patio,

between two still, contemporary Japanese ponds, past a central reading area with a rust finished bowl planter as its focal point, and onwards to a raised chill-out/cocktail area at the rear of the garden. The raised rear patio has bespoke Danish-style benches and a table with Japanese inspired cedar screens on either side to create a more intimate space. PLANTING DESIGN LEFT & RIGHT ELEVATIONS Contemporary Garden Design in Caledonian Road There are some quirky, nods to different design traditions throughout the garden and they are brought together in a modern guise to complement the owner’s interior design.

House

1 Raised rear patio with bespoke Danish-style furniture and Japanese-inspired cedar screens

4 Main patio with bespoke rust-finished planters, Fifties-style loungers and blue house wall

2 Looking forwards to the main patio and house

5 Still ponds with LED lighting

3 Patio dining areaPatio with chunky oak table 1

6 Black still ponds surrounded by grey slate paving

Patio 2

Raised Patio 3

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Shed

Bench

Planter

House

PLANTING DESIGN LEFT & RIGHT ELEVATIONS Contemporary Garden Design in Caledonian Road Patio 1

SIDE VIEW PLANS

RIGHT ELEVATION

House LEFT & RIGHT ELEVATIONS Contemporary Garden Design in Caledonian Road design by

Josh Ward Garden Design

Raised Patio 3

Patio 2 Patio 1

47 Haggard Road London TW1 3AL 07814921491 info@joshwardgardendesign.com

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BACK ELEVATION Contemporary Garden Design in Caledonian Road

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The somewhat architectural planting scheme was devised to make a bold design statement whilst tending towards the unusual. It is a very sensory space with heady wafts of honey scents throughout the summer. Design and build The brief had been to bring together various different design traditions – contemporary, Japanese and Danish. To ensure all the elements tied together, a blue, black and rust colour thread was introduced throughout the space, incorporating the cyan Fifties retro

ABOUT JOSH WARD GARDEN DESIGN Josh Ward Garden Design was set up as a fresh thinking creative garden design practice that o ers an exceptionally innovative and inspirational garden design service. Every element is carefully considered and tailored to each client and their individual outside space. Josh’s enthusiasm and dedication coupled with his passionate knowledge of garden and planting design enable him to o er e citing beauti ul and well considered spatial solutions.

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chairs, dark blue wall of the house and the cushioned Danish loungers. These components are stitched together and framed by the crisp clean tactile paving, which has a rubber-esque texture when dry and mirrors the sky and floating clouds when wet. The cool-coloured, architectural planting pallete took it’s inspiration from New Zealand, Australian, Dutch and American plants and planting design.

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Challenges The garden was a particularly odd shape and so the transition from main patio to the long, tapering part of the garden was a major consideration. The client was concerned that she might not make the journey to the end of the garden unless it was particularly enticing. To this end, the patio was raised in the manner of a podium, two screens were designed on either side to give the feeling of a private space and modern Danish-inspired furniture was commissioned for the added wow factor. A quiet tucked-away area was incorporated to both break the garden up and as a place to hideaway without any prying eyes.

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BEFORE PICTURES

1 Looking to the back patio with a glimpse of the blue shed amidst the architectural planting 2 Central patio with rust-finished bowl planter as a focal point and elevated rear patio 3 Architectural planting with year-round interest 4 Rust-finished bowl planter 5 Dining area with a view up the central runway

REFERENCES Garden design

Barcham Trees

Screening

Josh Ward Garden Design

Eye Hill Drove, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XF Email info@barchamtrees.co.uk Web www.barcham.co.uk

Buffalo Landscapes

47 Haggard Road, Twickenham, London TW1 3AL Tel 020 8802 8528; 07814 921491 Email info@joshwardgardendesign.com Web www.joshwardgardendesign.com Landscaper

Urbis Design

Buffalo Landscapes - Mark Powell

30 Full Sutton Industrial Estate, Full Sutton, York,YO41 1HS Tel 01759 373 839 Email rm@urbisdesign.co.uk Web www.urbisdesign.co.uk

Plants Orchard Dene Nurseries

Lower Assendon, Henley-on–Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 6AL Tel 01491 575 075 Email enquiries@orcharddene.co.uk Web www.orcharddene.co.uk Architectural Plants

Stane Street, North Heath, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 1DJ Tel 01798 879 213 Web www.architecturalplants.com

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Lighting DC Lighting

Planters Tel 07920482082

44 Ollerton Rd, London N11 2LA Tel 07920 482082

Fencing Jacksons

Stowting Common, Ashford, Kent TN25 6BN Tel 01233 750 393 Email sales@jacksons-fencing.co.uk Web www.jacksons-fencing.co.uk

Southmead Industrial Estate, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 7PL Tel 01235 511 003 Email sales@dclighting.co.uk Web www.dclighting.co.uk Table Oak and Iron

Facey Ltd, 79 Farleigh Road, Warlingham, Surrey CR6 9EJ Tel 07785 920 315 Web www.oakandironfurniture.co.uk Chairs Philippe Starck at Heals

Tel 020 7896 7451 Email enquiries@heals.co.uk Web www.heals.com

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EMERALD CITY INDOOR GARDEN DESIGN

Indoor Garden Design talks us through its 2014 Christmas installations at Marriott Hotels, which marked the 75th anniversary of the original Wizard of Oz film

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ndoor Garden Design has worked with the Marriott group of hotels for the past two Christmases and we were delighted to win an efig Award last year for our Christmas installations at the five top London hotels in the group. In 2014 we wanted to do something even more festive and fabulous. Marriott Hotels is an amazing client to work with, they really encourage creative flair and have vision. Our creative concept was a Wizard of Oz theme – this classic Christmas film was being re-released on DVD to commemorate its 75th anniversary. The project was a joint collaboration between the Marriott Hotel Group and Warner Brothers (the film’s owner, and another of Indoor Garden Design’s clients) with extensive promotional activity and competitions around a #NoPlaceLikeMarriott tagline. We were responsible for bringing the #NoPlaceLikeMarriott message to life at each of the participating group hotels and working with them to realise the theme in unique ways, which would represent their particular décor and clientele. Each hotel display showed the film on a screen for guests to enjoy throughout the festive season. The creative concept There was an abundance of iconic elements associated with this much-loved film, such as the Emerald City, the yellow brick road and Dorothy’s ruby slippers. The creative challenge was to bring the concept to life in all ten hotels across London, each with its own different style. Indoor Garden Design worked closely with each hotel to create a bespoke display. Red, silver and green ribbons printed with the #NoPlaceLikeMarriott tagline were used in bows to adorn trees and garlands at every hotel, promoting the campaign whatever the colour scheme. The installations Each hotel was unique, from the architectural heritage site of St Pancras Renaissance to the classic Park Lane landmark of the Grosvenor House Hotel, from the modern Docklands West India Quay to the historic County Hall hotel, plus the smaller but no less important hotels around London.

1 Oversized ruby slipper dominating the grass roundabout at County Hall 2 Branded “No Place Like Marriott” ribbon used throughout the campaign 3 Mini trees made from moss, cut pine and baubles in the Chambers Club, St Pancras Renaissance 4 Silver tin man tree in the Park Lane hotel lobby

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St Pancras Renaissance As the building is so ornate, we kept the theming simple, opting for silver/white with either green or red decorations depending on the location of the displays. In addition we created Wizard of Oz themed bell jar installations for added wow factor.

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West India Quay Dorothy’s house in reception was the main feature, complete with wicked witch squashed beneath, plus red decorated trees, vases and wreaths displayed around the main guest/visitor spaces.

Project value County Hall installation £90k Build time County Hall installation – two days/nights

Park Lane As a contrast to its neighbour, the Grosvenor House, we decorated the Marriott Park Lane in an Emerald City theme.

Grosvenor Square We continued the ruby red theming for Marriott’s smaller, neighbouring hotel and also for its central London (Kensington, Maida Vale and Marble Arch) and suburban sibling (Waltham Abbey).

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Grosvenor House Red conceptual theming as befitted the hotel’s destination Red Bar. All the trees and displays were decorated in simple chic with red, silver and white lights.

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DECEMBER 2015 ABOUT INDOOR GARDEN DESIGN We had a team of 25 working across the ten hotels for this project, seven of them working on the County Hall hotel installation. The exterior of County Hall features a grass mound turning circle, the ideal setting for a yellow brick road, topped with a giant pair of ruby slippers. After this welcome, guests entered the Emerald City and all the decorations and trees were green-themed. We had seven days to complete all the hotels, two days and nights of which were spent working on County Hall. Here, the ruby slipper was made from polystyrene and wood sprayed with a red glitter paint. Small ruby slippers were made for berries. We used a mix of live and artificial Christmas trees, poinsettias, amaryllis and cut pine and foliage for wreaths and garlands, mosses, cones and thousands of baubles. All the lighting used was LED. The logistics of getting all the work done within the time we had and working around the busy times of the hotels was a challenge, and meant working through the night and early morning.

Indoor Garden Design delivers an expert design, supply, install and maintenance service of indoor and outdoor planting schemes on any scale. From single stem orchids to a large atruim display, whatever the size of project, Indoor Garden Design has plants and containers to suit. Services include owering displays atria living walls artificial planting and containers.

www.indoorgardendesign.com

1 Silver decorated tree with view of Big Ben through the window 2 The giant ruby slipper welcomes guests to Marriott’s County Hall 3 Mini Wizard of Oz landscape in glass show cabinet, County Hall 4 Tin man wreath, St Pancras Renaissance lobby 5 Five trees with emerald decorations and ruby slippers, County Hall lobby

Materials Over 150 trees were used in total, a mixture of real and artificial, interior and exterior, from 1ft to 20ft; 30 pairs of ruby slippers were commissioned, plus the giant pair at County Hall. We used 1,600m of branded ribbon, 2km of lights and hundreds of garlands, wreaths, vases and displays, not to mention the thousands of decorations!

REFERENCES Christmas trees

Plants

Evergreen

Koberg

New Covent Garden Market, Vauxhall, London SW8 Tel 020 7720 6490

Klappolder 178-180, 2665 MP Bleiswijk, Netherlands Tel Tel 0031 105296 555 Email info@koberg.nl Web www.koberg.nl

Christmas decorations DZD

145 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7NE Tel 020 7388 7488 Web www.dzd.co.uk Lights NOMA

Dewmead Farm, New Inn Road, Hinxworth, Hertfordshire SG7 5HG Tel 01932 411301 Web www.noma.co.uk

Pine moss Porters Foliage

Covent Garden Market Authority, London SW8 5NH Tel 020 7720 3015 Web www.portersfoliage.com

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ON THE WATERFRONT LDA Design and CH2M worked with the Environment Agency and Arun District Council to enhance the public realm along the new River Arun East Bank flood defence scheme in Littlehampton, West Sussex

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he character of the East Bank is defined by its riverside and coastal setting. The waterfront in Littlehampton is valued for its incredible views, harbour, the beach, shops and cafÊs. Littlehampton relies heavily on tourism which brings employment and economic activity to the town, but with a history of localised flooding and high tides the Environment Agency (EA) and Arun District Council knew action was necessary. The flood defence scheme needed to do more than just reduce the risk of flooding – it had to help regenerate the town, create a high quality waterfront and new destination for residents and visitors, while protecting the 748 residential and 340 commercial properties. Moreover, the existing public realm along the East Bank was degraded and cluttered without reflecting its unique and distinctive natural setting. 1 Bespoke pebble seating looking out over the beach 2 Kniphofia looking splendid against the Corten steel 3 Bespoke timber seating steps www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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The brief ● Strengthen the key pedestrian route between the town, the river and beach ● Ensure that Pier Road and Arun Parade did not lose their visual or physical connection with the water ● Incorporate the flood defence wall in a sensitive and responsive manner ● Ensure the East Bank remained flexible enough to accommodate occasional events, street entertainment and the existing fish kiosk ● Provide a coherent, open and inviting waterfront which allowed visitors to enjoy their surroundings comfortably ● Maintain the existing crabbing activity from the promenade that is cherished in Littlehampton ● Define the identity and appeal of the East Bank

with its coastal and maritime character ● Provide a fully accessible waterfront for

all users Community input From workshops with local residents and stakeholders, there was an overwhelming request to preserve the character of the East Bank, including the views of the water and the uniqueness of the town and local landscape. The main challenge was making the necessary

ABOUT LDA DESIGN Founded in 1979, LDA Design is an independent design, environment and sustainability consultancy business. By taking a holistic approach, it helps clients to regenerate communities, create special places, realise development and commercial goals and manage resources. With experience of urban, rural and historic projects, its clients include developers, private sector companies, landowners, regeneration agencies, government departments, local authorities, renewable energy firms and educational establishments

www.lda-design.co.uk

ABOUT CH2M Engineering company CH2M o ers a diverse range o consulting services in the US and internationally, focusing on water, transportation, environment, energy, facilities and resources. It provides design, construction and operations services for corporations, government and civil, industrial and energy clients, employing over 25,000 people worldwide.

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flood infrastructure beautiful and seamlessly integrating it with the picturesque views along the River Arun. The project team collaborated to ensure that the necessary technical requirements were in place, but that they were sensitively incorporated, prioritising pedestrians and providing new seating and walkways, while ensuring views along the River Arun were not interrupted. Materials A number of robust materials were chosen to improve the longevity of the scheme, minimising future maintenance and ensuring the scheme could withstand the harsh seafront climate. Modified timber, a sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood, was used throughout, alongside concrete that uses a local aggregate for walls, steps and paving. The waterfront balustrade and handrails to steps and ramps use Ferrocast, an engineering grade polymer cast around a steel core to minimise rusting. A number of ‘pebble’ seats were designed in 3D and cast in decorative concrete for the scheme; these were modelled from existing pebbles found on the beach and integrate a more playful element. In planting areas a distinctive orange, low Corten steel wall was used to co-ordinate with other elements along the seafront such as the award-winning East Beach Café. Planting All of the planting used within the scheme was specifically chosen to withstand the coastal environment. Working with a project ecologist from CH2M the planting is aimed to introduce biodiversity and benefits for wildlife, while also requiring minimal maintenance by employing a self-sustaining ethos. The mix of plants was selected from those growing naturally in the area, alongside ornamental plants to add year-round interest and colour. The East Bank flood defence scheme now has a one in 300 year (0.33%) standard, which will protect 1,915 residential and 526 commercial properties by 2110, and has transformed the East Bank into a wellconnected, high quality and enjoyable waterfront that also contributes to the sustainability of the thriving marine activity within the harbour. www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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PROJECT DETAILS Project value

Total flood defence and public realm scheme, £19million

Build time

BEFORE

Design, planning, environmental assessment, construction design and procurement: 2011 to 2015

Size of project

Total flood defence scheme: 2.5km Waterfront promenade in reaches 1 and 2 (the town): 6,929m²

REFERENCES Landscape architect

Timber seating steps and benches

Resin bonded surfacing

LDA Design

Woodscape

Addagrip Surface Treatments UK

Kings Wharf, The Quay Exeter EX2 4AN Tel 01392 260 430 Web www.lda-design.co.uk

1 Sett End Road West, Shadsworth Business Park, Blackburn, Lancashire BB1 2QJ Tel 01254 685185 Web www.woodscape.co.uk

Addagrip House, Bell Lane Industrial Estate, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 1QL Tel 01825 761333 Web www.addagrip.co.uk

CH2M Hill

43 Brook Green, London W6 7EF Tel 020 3479 8000 Web www.ch2m.com Contractor Volker Stevin

1 Strolling along the southern promenade 2 Pier Road, Littlehampton 3 Naturalistic coastal planting 4 Southern lighthouse after improvements 5 River Arun crabbing 6 Bespoke timber seating steps 7 Bespoke concrete and timber seating 8 Southern lighthouse before improvements 9 Southern promenade before improvements 10 View from the pier along the promenade www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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The Lancashire Hub, Preston City Park, Bluebell Way, Preston, Lancashire PR2 5PE Tel 01772 708620 Web www.volkerstevin.co.uk Balustrades, handrails, Corten steel, litter bins, signage, cycle stands Marshalls

Landscape House, Premier Way, Lowfields Business Park, Elland HX5 9HT Tel 01422 312000 Web www.marshalls.co.uk

Kellen Giallo setts

Precast pebble seating

Hardscape Products Ltd

Cornish Concrete

Point Mills, Bissoe, Truro TR4 8QZ Tel 01872 864808 Web www.cornishconcrete.co.uk

Eagley House, Deakins Business Park, Egerton, Bolton BL7 9RP Tel 0845 260 1748 Web www.hardscape.co.uk

Decorative concrete paving

Kent Swoosh Stud (anti-skate)

EJ Lazenby Contracts Ltd

Kent Stainless Ltd

Unit 2, Off Depot Road, London W12 7RP Tel 01935 700306 Web www.lazenby.co.uk

Ardcavan, Wexford, Ireland Tel 0800 376 8377  Web www.kentstainless.co.uk

Self-binding gravel CED Ltd

728 London Road, West Thurrock, Grays, Essex RM20 3LU Tel 01708 867237 Web www.ced.ltd.uk

Photography: Toby Smith

Lead consultant and engineer

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