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Heritage Landscapes Liz Lake Associates | Chartered Landscape Architects


INTRODUCTION

Liz Lake Associates has been working with a number of far-sighted developers to create high-quality and sensitive landscape settings for restoration and conversion projects. Current government guidelines actively encourage, where possible and appropriate, the re-use of existing buildings to help meet targets for the provision of new homes. These properties are often key buildings within the local urban fabric and are an integral part of the area’s history. Liz Lake Associates has worked with a number of far-sighted developers in London, East and the South East to achieve high-quality and sensitive landscape settings for restoration and conversion projects. The key to our success in this process has been in understanding the historic importance of these properties, whilst interpreting the developer’s vision for their potential clients. We have been able to balance historic landscape details with the creation of high-quality, contemporary and easily maintainable planting design. The result has been sensitive and stunning landscape settings for properties that are starting a new and exciting chapter in their history.

Liz Lake Associates work in the following areas: ■ Restoration and conservation

■ Designing for Access for All

■ Landscape/Townscape Assessments

■ Refurbishment and monitoring implementation

■ Enabling development

■ Impact assessment

■ Individual houses in heritage landscapes

■ Preparation of design guidance

■ Cultural heritage

■ Policy development


HERITAGE ASSETS - OUR SKILLS The Conservation Management Plan Our heritage landscape work has been carried out in collaboration with a number of recognised heritage specialists including archivists, archaeologists, audience development advisors, conservation architects, engineers, ecologists, hydrologists, lake experts and cultural heritage specialists. Our task has been to interpret their research or survey findings and with their help to develop appropriate management and proposals for modern-day uses. Whatever the project, conservation of the heritage asset is a key objective. Common to all projects but to a degree appropriate to the budget and end objective, we undertake archival research to understand the historical development of the landscape, review the planning context, assess the ecological interest and undertake a condition survey of the historic fabric including the water regime, vegetation, earthworks, hard surfaces, buildings and structures. A preliminary cost estimate is usually prepared with an outline of future maintenance/management and likely costs. We would also consult with stakeholders like English Heritage, the local authority, the Garden History Society, the County Gardens Trust, the Wildlife Trust and local people who have an interest in the site. The final report is a Conservation Management Plan or a shorter Conservation Statement which would include the presentation of the archival documents, a timeline, condition survey, analysis and Statement of Significance identifying what is of value and why. This is followed by policies and proposals using plans and written text. Impact assessment If the setting of any kind of heritage asset is affected by development we can prepare a Heritage Statement including an assessment of the effects. We consider whether key elements identified in the Statement of Significance are enhanced by the proposals and any adverse effects are adequately mitigated with appropriate solutions. Enabling development Enabling development is an English Heritage policy that allows for development associated with heritage assets, provided certain criteria are met and the profits are used to restore the asset. It has helped many historic buildings and landscapes to have a secure future, but the capacity of a site to absorb development varies greatly. Research at an early stage could make a considerable difference to investment planning; for a small budget we can organise a Historic Landscape Appraisal to identify the key issues and highlight opportunities and constraints relating to the heritage asset. These need not be a limitation, as research often reveals opportunities for development. We can facilitate early discussions with stakeholders to test their views. Only if the project is deemed financially viable will the detailed survey and analysis take place but as the project will be subject to a planning application a comprehensive and convincing study will be required.


Research: ■ Archival research ■ Field work ■ Historic tree surveys ■ Archaeological overview ■ Public consultation Output: ■ Statement of Significance ■ Heritage and Conservation Statements ■ Historic Landscape Appraisals ■ Conservation Management Plans ■ Access for All plans ■ Restoration strategies and plans ■ Tree and Woodland Plans ■ Heritage planting plans ■ Management and maintenance plans ■ Funding advice


HERITAGE ASSETS - OUR SKILLS Individual houses in heritage landscapes Previously, policies in PPS7 were used by people wanting to build an isolated house in the countryside. Clause 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) now covers this issue. It states that local planning authorities should avoid new isolated homes in the countryside unless there are special circumstances such as ‘where such development would represent the optimal viable use of a heritage asset or would be appropriate enabling development to secure the future of heritage assets’. We have been involved in several individual dwelling proposals in the countryside and can provide practical, informed advice on how to proceed. A Heritage Statement The NPPF asks local planning authorities to develop positive strategies for the historic environment and in assessing applications to take into account the desirability of sustaining and enhancing the significance of heritage assets and putting them to viable uses consistent with their conservation; the wider social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits that conservation of the historic environment can bring; the desirability of new development making a positive contribution to local character and distinctiveness; and opportunities to draw on the contribution made by the historic environment to the character of a place. To illustrate this we can help prepare a Heritage Statement which is required for all planning applications involving a heritage asset. Access for All Under the Equalities Act 2010 it has been unlawful to treat disabled people less favourably than other people for a reason related to their disability. Liz Lake Associates can help provide dignified access and a range of routes to suit different user groups without compromising a landscape’s special interest. Design guidance and policy development Our extensive experience with heritage landscapes has enabled us to prepare guidance and advice on policy related issues. We have prepared guidance for the War Memorials Trust and provided training sessions for English Heritage landscape officers. Members of the practice are visiting lecturers and tutors on the Landscape Architecture courses at Writtle School of Design and we have also presented workshops on Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment for landscape architects and planning officers. Please contact us if you have an idea for a publication or a training need.


HARDWICK HALL

H

HARDWICK, DERBYSHIRE

ardwick Hall with its prominence on a

key elements which enhance the existing Hall and

topographical highpoint gives an imposing

should be considered in future design proposals.

vantage point over the surrounding Derbyshire

The unique layout of the Hall ensures strategic

countryside.

views both into and out of the Park, to the North

It’s unique sense of place and

History dating back to the 1300’s has given the

Bolsover Castle and to the East Lincoln Cathedral.

Link to Stainsby Mill

Hall, Park and Gardens a local, regional and national importance.

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5 7

The Landscape Vision The existing detrimental impact of the M1 corridor

Hardwick Hall and the Registered Park it sits within

Swale/ attenuation 11

Astwith Lane

Deer barn

Leisure Hub

combined with the potential impact of the HS2

Millers pond

6

cannot be overstated, the aim of the landscape

potential to improve the existing setting, primarily

masterplan is to pull together a strategic vision

by mitigating the sensory and visual impact and

for the Registered Park and to mitigate these

subsequent separation caused by the M1 motorway

intrusive transport systems. An ongoing strategic

corridor.

aim of the Trust is to improve visitor numbers

Burst view

3

HS2

2

is facing a period of change, with this comes

Link to Rowthorn Trail

PARKLAND 2

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4

E

10 Link to Five Pits Trail

View to Bolsover

Lower park

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8

4

Potential link

Row ponds

3

Underpass Swale/ attenuation

Long view

ARABLE

Great pond

Harehill Wood

9 M1 5

To ensure the continued historical

significance

these

challenges

need

careful

whilst maintaining the Hall within a semi-natural

consideration to enable a sensible, yet aspirational

parkland setting, this is after all what makes

‘50 year vision’ to be realised, to this end the

Hardwick so special and unique. The proposals

selected design team have collated a series of

shown on the Landscape Master Plan and key

phased development objectives which will ensure

views illustrate a high quality, integrated scheme

the Hall and the Registered Park it sits within can

which is intended to be phased to respond to the

be enjoyed for future generations.The innovative

Trusts longer term ‘50 year vision’ and can be

use of glass within the facades express wealth,

implemented on a phased, structured basis as

technological advancement and craftsmanship,

funds become available.

Client

Images

National Trust

Section through HS2 & M1 Masterplan showing opportunities & constraints Proposed section through embankment

North Paddock

1

Pasture

Historic vegetation

3

Old Hall

Long view 2

7 4

Link to Teversal Trail

Hardwick Hall


LLA DESIGNED AN INTEGRATED LANDSCAPE APPROACH TO THIS SENSITIVE LISTED HOUSE & REGISTERED PARKLAND


ODIHAM PARK

ODIHAM, HAMPSHIRE

L

iz Lake Associates were appointed by the client to produce a full suite of drawings and reports for the planning application for this exciting project. This area of agricultural land originally formed part of a medieval deer park and the Client proposes to build new private residences on the site, whilst reinstating the deer park, a series of medieval fishponds and the setting of a Listed Structure on the site boundary. LLA undertook assessment work in the form of a Heritage Landscape Character Assessment and a Visual Impact Appraisal. This was then used to inform the landscape masterplan and, and working with the multidisciplinary design team, we took the scheme through to detailed design information. The proposals also included a large area of public open space with new community facilities, new footpaths and cycle ways, private gardens and driveways for the enabling residential development and new woodland planting.

together proposals for the new park in which a large section of the land will be enclosure for a new deer herd. The park was designed around the existing field patterns of mature hedgerows and hedgerow trees which contribute to the local landscape character. New woodland planting, hazel coppice, pasture land and wet grasslands will contribute to ecological and historic character enhancement. Working with the project architects, we helped to carefully site detached properties within the sensitive landscape which reflect historic principles and local vernacular. Other historic features proposed include the restoration of existing Fish-Ponds and the construction of a Ha-ha alongside an existing diverted stream. The scheme includes the generous contribution of public open space to the local population providing them with a new community building, new cycle and pedestrian routes and opportunities to enjoy the parkland and deer.

LLA have worked closely with the client on this project from the outset, helping to establish initial design concepts and provide specialist landscape heritage guidance. Following several public consultation events, the design team to drew

By working on the project from the outset and taking it through from appraisal to detailed design, LLA has established a thorough understanding of the site, which ensures proposals are sensitive and robust.

Client

Architects

Planners

Engineers

Ecologist

Images

Private

Octagon

Bell Cornwell

WSP Parsons

Hankinson Duckett

Proposed new woodland planting

Brinckerhoff

Associates

The Hub - development proposals Fallow Deer


THE PROPOSALS SEEK TO RECREATE THE HISTORIC CHARACTER OF THE SITE BY INTRODUCING A NEW DEER ENCLOSURE, RESTORING FISH-PONDS AND REMOVING INTRUSIVE FEATURES SUCH AS OVERHEAD PYLONS


WELLINGTON COLLEGE

W

ellington

College

is

a

thriving

CROWTHORNE, BERKSHIRE

and

Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, took a

successful coeducational private school

great interest in the development of the school and

in Berkshire with an international reputation;

he influenced many aspects of how the estate was

the need for new facilities to meet that success

developed including extensive lakes and sports

is a continuing challenge. Liz Lake Associates

fields. Serpentines were overlaid over the grid by

was appointed by the College to understand the

the well-known Victorian landscape designer,

historic landscape and then to help develop a

William Nesfield, with boarding houses added set

strategy that would inform decisions on the siting

in wooded glades and cottages gardens. Sports

of new development on this historic site.

and cultural facilities have created another layer. The different historic landscape typologies were

Archival and field work undertaken by Debois

identified and the landscape setting of the twenty

Landscape

six listed buildings was assessed.

Survey

Group

revealed

that

the

College was developed on a grid based on rides across former heathland. This was emphasized

The heritage survey work and analysis were drawn

by the planting of double avenues of oaks,

together and policies developed to highlight the

monkey

well

key aspects of the heritage landscape. The College

as extensive woodland areas that provide a

is now using this work to inform their decisions on

magnificent setting for the school buildings today.

where new development should be located.

puzzles

and

Wellingtonias

as

Client

Planner

Historic

Conservation Architects

Images

Wellington

Boyer

Landscape

H J Stribling & Partners

Great Gate from across the Lake

College

Planning

Debois

Historic Landscape Analysis Princes' Quad


MEETING THE CHALLENGE OF ACCOMMODATING NEW DEVELOPMENT IN A UNIQUE HERITAGE SETTING


CROMER

L

CROMER, NORFOLK

iz Lake Associates are currently working as

The West Prom scheme could see new or improved

part of a team led by Purcell Architects with

toilet blocks at the bottom of the Melbourne Slope

North Norfolk District Council to develop exciting

and on the West Prom, plus improvements to the

landscape proposals for Cromer West Prom.

Pier toilets. It could also involve an architectural

Conceptual designs are currently being detailed

design competition and beach huts for people with

and more information will be published soon.

mobility problems.

North Norfolk District Council is hoping to lavish attention on the prom which missed out on

Cromer’s

2001-2006

regeneration

project

when £2m-£3m was spent on improving an area extending from the pier westwards to the bottom of the Melbourne Slope, and eastwards to the Rocket House.

Client

Architect

Engineers

Civils

Images

North Norfolk

Purcell

Ingleton

Ross Long

Opportunities

District Council

Wood

Historic image of the zig zag path Design concepts


THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THE WEST PROM A BETTER PLACE FOR TOURISTS AND RESIDENTS


MILTON ABBEY MILTON ABBAS, DORSET

M

ilton Abbey and its historic landscape setting

appointed as Conservation Planner and Landscape

- the cradle of the English Kingdom and

Architect to support the Stage 2 HLF application at

the English language over a thousand years ago,

Milton Abbey on behalf of the three main project

now a sleeping giant...about to be wakened.

partners (The Diocese of Salisbury, Milton Abbey

The study began with the discovery of a

School and the Forestry Commission). This project

dangerously leaking roof at Milton Abbey Church,

is of crucial importance to restore both Milton

but it has led to something much more important.

Abbey itself and to take this window of opportunity

The Abbey is surrounded by an internationally

to preserve one of Capability Brown’s most

important

spectacular landscapes at the dawning of the 300th

example

of

Capability

Brown's

landscape design - one of the finest sites which is

anniversary of his birth in 2016.

a breathtaking 300 acre setting. Working closely with the project team, LLA has Liz Lake Associates in partnership with John

recently submitted the first stage of proposals to

Phibbs of Debois Landscape Survey Group has been

the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Client

Architect

Historic Landscape

Images

Diocese of

Stephen Marshall &

Debois

Statutory heritage designations

Sailsbury

Benjamin Beauchamp

Landscape opportunities Capability Brown at Milton - The Big Picture


MILTON ABBEY IS AN EXTRAORDINARY LANDMARK DEFINED BY ITS UNIQUE SETTING, ITS HISTORY, AND THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH IT


BRIDGE END GARDEN

O

SAFFRON WALDEN, ESSEX

riginally designed as a private Victorian

This work contributed to the council’s successful

garden, Bridge End Garden is now a popular

submission for significant external funding with a

and well-used public park close to the historic

grant of £387,000 from Heritage Lottery Fund and

centre of Saffron Walden. When Uttlesford District

£150,000 from other bodies. We have subsequently

Council and English Heritage planned to restore

prepared proposals for the walled garden which

the garden and address the problems of neglect

has also received a grant from the Heritage Lottery

and vandalism, they invited Liz Lake Associates to

Fund.

help. We were employed to prepare a full Historic Landscape Survey and a costed Conservation Management Plan. Our findings contributed to a submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Client

Historic Landscape

Images

Uttlesford District Council,

Debois

Summerhouse

English Heritage

The Kitchen Garden Mature trees within the main garden


A RESTORED VICTORIAN GEM VOTED AS BEST PICNIC SPOT IN EAST ANGLIA


CLARE HALL

C

CAMBRIDGE

lare College is the second oldest in the

Liz

University of Cambridge. Founded in 1326,

design master plan which responded to the

it is now a college for Advanced Study. Liz Lake

immediate context whilst ensuring the setting

Associates was appointed by the client to develop

had a distinct character. The proposals include a

landscape design for a bespoke setting for a new,

new contemporary pedestrian courtyard which is

contemporary accommodation block designed by

overlooked from the new accommodation block

award-winning Cowper Griffith Architects. The

and forms a new heart to the campus.

Lake

Associates

developed

a

landscape

existing swimming pool and grounds were to be incorporated into the overall project to ensure the

The scheme at Clare College was granted planning

new development proposals were acceptable to

permission and Liz Lake Associates prepared

the council.

production information for implementation on site.

Client

Architect

Images

Clare Hall

Cowper Griffith

Inner courtyard Flood plain to River Cam improved A view into the new courtyard


LIZ LAKE ASSOCIATES WAS APPOINTED BY THE CLIENT TO HELP CREATE A BESPOKE SETTING FOR A NEW, CONTEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION BLOCK


WEALD COUNTRY PARK

W

BRENTWOOD, ESSEX

eald Country Park is 220 hectares of mixed

there was record for the future. A documentary

woodland and grassland, two lakes and

and field survey were carried out which included

a number of ponds. Originally a 12th-century

earthworks and trees. The analysis was presented

deer park, it developed over the years to reach

both chronologically and by character areas.

a peak in the 18th and 19th centuries with an immense formal landscape of water, avenues and

The report is both a good reference of the

a Belvedere – a tower built on rising ground at

Park’s history and a useful starting point for the

the south end of the Park. Essex County Council

Conservation Management Plan. Each character

acquired the estate in 1953, but by this time many

area is provided with an assessment of the

of the buildings had been lost from the Park. Liz

current condition and an outline approach to its

Lake Associates was commissioned to produce a

management for the future. Weald Country Park

Historic Landscape Survey and Assessment Report

is open to the public and close to the M25 and M11,

that could be used to inform the development of a

but you would never guess it if you were to walk

Conservation Management Plan.

around the delightful, serene and tranquil large open spaces and historic trees that make up the

It was important to establish what had been in

space.

the Park throughout its history, not necessarily so that it could be replaced or restored, but so that

Client

Historic Landscape

Images

Essex County

Debois

Trees help tell the history of the landscape

Council

Geometry of the early 18th century proposal Long views across the park


THE HISTORY OF THE PARK WAS UNFURLED WITH THE HELP OF FIELD SURVEY WORK; THE INFORMATION WAS SHARED WITH THOSE WHO CARE FOR IT BY A GUIDED WALK


SUNDRIDGE PARK

S

BROMLEY, KENT

undridge Park Manor is one of the UK’s

for

most elegant hotels. Currently owned by the

development. This proposal would enable the

Cathedral Group (who acquired the hotel in 2005),

development of apartments within the Manor

the stunning grade I listed Manor House is one

House with associated parking and landscape

of the few country houses jointly designed by

improvements to the building’s gardens and

John Nash and Humphrey Repton. The house and

terraces. Working closely with Debois Landscape

surrounding landscape is an example of one of the

Survey Group, Adam Architects and NTR Planning,

key design issues which Nash and Repton tackled

Liz Lake Associates prepared a Landscape Report

whilst in partnership – this was the relation of the

on the history of the site, a Trees and Woodland

house to a valley in which it was to sit. Whilst the

Management Plan and put together a series of

extent of Repton’s park, woodland and pleasure

drawings for discussion with the Local Planning

ground design remains today, ownership is split

Authority and English Heritage.

landscape

restoration

through

enabling

with fragmented more intrusive land uses that have diluted and eroded the historic character of

Through negotiations with English Heritage and

the landscape.

the Local Planning Authority, Liz Lake Associates helped acquire planning permission for the

Liz Lake Associates was approached by the

building and landscape proposals and are currently

Cathedral Group to assess the opportunities

taking the scheme forward with the client.

Client

Planner

Architect

Historic

Images

Private

NTR

Adam Architects

Landscape

Views of the Repton parkland

Debois

The Manor House Restoration proposals


SUNDRIDGE PARK MANOR WAS ONE OF THE REGION'S MOST ELEGANT HOTELS


ST MATTHIAS

T

FISHPONDS, BRISTOL

his historic site, built in 1852, is located in

accompanying masterplan for this historic site,

Fishponds, five miles north east of Bristol.

which demanded a sensitive approach to protect

It is the former UWE Campus and encapsulates a

the setting of the heritage features.

historic sunken garden and ornate borders. The main building and principal house are Grade II*

Working closely with Bristol City Council Urban

listed with Oldbury Court Estate, located to the

Design Team and a heritage team of architects

northern boundary which is a late 18th Century

and planners, a robust yet contextually appropriate

park with associated pleasure grounds.

masterplan has been developed which responds to the historic park to the north and sensitively

Liz Lake Associates was commissioned to produce

incorporates the listed building.

a Landscape Visual Impact Assessment and

Client

Architect

Images

Barratt Homes Bristol /

Focus / Bush

Sketch proposal

David Wilson

Consultancy

3D proposal of the Public Open Space Formal courtyard


A SENSITIVE SCHEME WAS EVOLVED WHICH RESPONDED TO THE HISTORIC SETTING WHILST CREATING A CONTEMPORARY THEME TO THE NEW BUILT FORM


RAF BENTLEY PRIORY

L

STANMORE, LONDON

iz Lake Associates was part of a comprehensive

for the preparation of a Landscape Conservation

design team including ADAM Architects, GVA

Management

Plan

and

all

landscape-related

Grimley and Halcrow Yolles to achieve a successful

documents and plans for submission to the Local

planning consent for major redevelopment of the

Planning Authority.

historic RAF site. Following extensive consultations, the planning As Bentley Priory is part of a major picturesque

committee of the London Borough of Harrow

landscape with a Victorian-era Italian garden,

approved the application prepared by Liz Lake

we played a key role in locating new buildings

Associates and the rest of the design team.

and infrastructure on this landscape-led project. Proposals for the restoration and long-term

All landscape works have now been implemented

management of the historic landscape were

and residential units are open for viewing and

prepared as a setting for the proposed residential

purchase. Bentley Priory has won numerous

development and the new use of the listed mansion

Awards, and most recently was voted ‘Developer

as a museum. Liz Lake Associates was responsible

Award’ by the Urban Design Group.

Client

Architect

Engineer

Planner

Images

VSM Estates

ADAM Architects

Halcrow Yolles

GVA

The Walled Garden Court

Grimley LLP

One of the best views of London The mansion has become a museum


ONE OF THE MOST STUNNING SITES IN LONDON IS OPENED UP FOR PUBLIC USE


HIGHCLERE CASTLE

H

NEWBURY, KENT

ighclere Park is a stunning Capability Brown

topography, land ownership, planning policy,

landscape,

archaeologically

current land uses, access, recreation and future

rich parkland. As part of a HMRC tax exemption

management. We prepared all the plans for the

scheme, Liz Lake Associates was appointed with

final document, contributed to the creation of

the Debois Landscape Survey Group to coordinate

policies for the Park and edited the Conservation

and edit the production of a Landscape and

Management Plan.

overlying

Conservation Management Plan. This complex project included input from archaeologists, a

The proposed development sites were individually

conservation architect, an ecologist, forester and

evaluated as to their capacity to absorb change,

taxonomist. As a second part of the work we were

the likely visibility of proposals and any possible

asked to assess over twenty potential development

impact on the historic landscape.

sites for an enabling development project. The

final

Conservation

Management

Plan

Debois undertook the archival work, historic tree

became part of the Heritage Management Plan

survey and field archaeology; the taxonomist was

that contributed to a successful Inheritance Tax

needed to identify the numerous rhododendron

Exemption application. The enabling development

hybrids that the first Lord Carnarvon created; he

proposals were not pursued by the estate and since

was the first person to import rhododendrons and

the study Highclere has achieved even greater

these plantings form a very significant collection.

significance as the setting for the TV series

Our role was to pull all the work together and to

Downton Abbey.

address the core landscape issues of geology,

Client

Historic Landscape

Taxonomist

Archaeology

Forester

Images

Highclere

Debois

Lear Associates

Wessex

Wessex

Jackdaw’s Castle, one of the stunning follies in the Park

Archaeology

Woodland

Landscape Character areas

Estate

Highclere Castle, better known as Downton Abbey


A STUNNING CAPABILITY BROWN LANDSCAPE


ST OSYTH PRIORY

S

ST OSYTH, ESSEX

t Osyth Priory is one of the most important

have been undertaken and reviewed over the

collections of historic buildings in East Anglia

last ten years.

The proposals are based upon

but was in a poor state of repair after years of

the protection, conservation and restoration of

neglect. Our client’s aim was to find a sustainable

remaining historic features complemented by new

future for a Scheduled Ancient Monument, 22

proposals to improve the financial and ecological

listed buildings and 154 hectares of land which

long-term sustainability of the estate.

included 93 hectares designated as Grade II on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of

Seven planning applications were submitted to

Special Historic Interest where at least a third of

Tendring District Council for new residential

the park had been ravaged by mineral extraction.

development, the rebuilding of follies and lodges,

As part of a multidisciplinary team Liz Lake

a visitor centre and function room and the

Associates role was to contribute to proposals for

restoration of the park. The application included

enabling development that would help to fund the

a Statement of Significance, a comprehensive

restoration of the buildings and the parkland.

Conservation Management Plan for both the park and the Priory precinct, extensive ecological

The

project

was

landscape

led

with

early

and tree surveys, a Landscape and Visual Impact

involvement in the siting of new residential

Assessment that formed part of the Environmental

development and replacement buildings in the

Statement and landscape proposals for each area of

park. This was informed by extensive ecological

development.

surveys and historic landscape studies which

Client

Architect

Images

Private

Brewster Bye /

The Chapel and the Ruins

City & Country

The Rose Garden The Gatehouse


THE PROPOSALS ARE AIMED AT ENSURING DEVELOPMENT WHICH WILL HELP TO FUND THE RESTORATION OF THESE UNIQUE HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND SURROUNDING PARKLAND


THE GROVE

O

CHANDLERS CROSS, WATFORD

nce the country estate of the Earls of

proposals for a planning application. After a call-in

Clarendon, The Grove mansion is a Grade

inquiry where we acted as expert witness, planning

II* listed building set in 126 hectares of parkland,

permission was granted and construction began.

laid out in the 18th century. Liz Lake Associates was invited to join the project as part of a team of

The Grove has undergone a major restoration to

design consultants helping to steer the proposed

open as a five-star country hotel with a first-class

improvements, including a golf course, through

golf course development. The buildings are now

the planning process.

complemented by an all-embracing redesign of the parkland and pleasure gardens. Liz Lake Associates

The practice was involved at The Grove from

worked on the detailed design and implementation

inception to completion over seven years. The

of the landscape proposals for the golf course and

conservation and enhancement of the site’s natural

parkland landscape. On behalf of the client we

assets were key to our approach and following

monitored the design and build contract for the

extensive surveys of the historic landscape, trees

areas immediately around the hotel. The hotel

and biodiversity, proposals were developed for

won a BALI Principal Award for Soft Landscaping

the siting of new buildings, car parking and golf

and has hosted the World Golf American Express

facilities in association with Arthur Hills, the

Championships. It is also regarded as one of the

American golf course architect.

leading hotels in the world.

We prepared a

Landscape Master Plan for the estate and detailed

Client

Architect

Engineer

Planner

Images

Private

Aukett Fitzroy

Faber Maunsell

GL Hearn

Bespoke spa entrance

Robinson

Temporary sculpture to entrance Detailed planting to open spaces


THE GROVE, SET IN THE HERTFORDSHIRE COUNTRYSIDE IN THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND, IS A VERY SPECIAL LUXURY HOTEL...


DANBURY PALACE

B

CHELMSFORD, ESSEX

uilt as a private residence around 1830,

We prepared a review of the remaining garden

Danbury Place became Danbury Palace when

structure and proposals for rejuvenation for

it was sold to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners

current day use. Using a consistent palette of plants

in 1845 as an episcopal residence. The formal

and shrubs through the existing gardens and into

gardens and shrubbery walks were laid out at

the new residential front gardens and public spaces

this time by the resident bishops. The building

will ensure continuity within the Palace surrounds.

and lands changed hands a number of times eventually

Technical

Our work contributed to a successful submission

College in 1959 when they updated the gardens

becoming

Mid-Essex

for planning approval in January 2014. We are

with new tree planting.

pleased to be continuing to work at Danbury preparing and administering the implementation

Liz Lake Associates was approached to help return

contracts for the soft landscape works.

the formal gardens to suitable, usable outdoor spaces for 21st century families whilst respecting the historic associations as the Palace is returned to residential use.

Client

Images

Wilson Holdings

The Palace Parkland at Danbury Palace CGI of new build proposals


A STRATEGY THAT CONSIDERED & RESPECTED THE HERITAGE OF THE LANDSCAPE AND BUILDINGS


HERRINGSWELL MANOR

S

HERRINGSWELL, SUFFOLK

et in rural Suffolk, this once important

for the Japanese-style garden. Finally, a detailed

country estate has an interesting and varied

management plan was produced to ensure the

architectural heritage. Following a detailed tree

grounds would be enjoyed for years to come.

condition survey, we prepared tree removal and planting plans for the grounds of the house and

A sympathetic and evocative planting scheme

wider estate as a whole, together with hard and

has created an atmospheric setting for this

soft details for the Japanese-style garden. The

prestigious conversion, drawing together the

result is a unique development with beautifully

varied strands of its history to create a cohesive,

landscaped grounds. The scheme won the 2007

high-quality and contemporary finish. A detailed

Gold Award for the Best Communal Garden of the

management plan has also been written setting

Daily Express New Homes and Gardens Awards.

out a strategy for optimising the visual amenity and nature conservation interests of the grounds

Following a detailed tree condition survey, Liz

through restoration and sympathetic conservation

Lake Associates produced a masterplan which

management. The scheme was awarded Gold for

incorporated tree retention and removal, planting

Best Communal Garden in the Daily Express New

plans for the grounds of the house and wider estate

Homes Garden Awards.

as a whole, together with hard and soft details

Client

Architect

Images

City & Country

Cowper Griffith

Improved setting to coach house Aerial view of site Restored japanese gardens


RESTORED HISTORIC PLANTING BEDS HELPED CREATE A STUNNING SETTING TO THE HISTORIC HOUSE


ST BOTOLPH'S PRIORY

A

COLCHESTER, ESSEX

s part of a programme of public realm

to paths and dark and overhanging vegetation was

improvements, Colchester Borough Council

removed to bring light into the church yard.

appointed Liz Lake Associates to help prepare proposals to make the grounds of St Botolph’s

The work was tendered and we monitored the

Priory more welcoming by improving access for

implementation by ISG Jackson Ltd. The project

all and enhancing the setting of the Norman ruins,

was opened to the public in June 2011 with a

which are a Scheduled Ancient Monument and the

rededication of the war memorial in August.

Georgian Grade 2 listed St Botolph’s church.

The site is now one of the links in the Colchester Heritage Trail. Councillor Lyn Barton, Portfolio

We helped organise a public consultation exercise

Holder for Planning and Sustainability said: ‘The

canvassing and interviewing local people about

work which has been completed at St. Botolph’s

how they used the area and what changes they

has included restoring the war memorial to its

would like to see. The major change was the

former glory and the place looks fantastic. The

relocation of a war memorial to provide a more

improvement works to the Churchyard and Priory

usable space by the church that is a setting for

grounds have rejuvenated the area and increased

local

productions

accessibility for all. We hope this will encourage

and concerts, small markets, church events and

more people to come and enjoy the area, which is a

community activities. Improvements were made

highlight of Colchester’s rich heritage.’

theatrical

groups

to

stage

Client

Engineer

Images

Colchester Borough

ISG Jackson Ltd

Norman ruins

Council

New Quadrangle New path from the Quadrangle to St Julian Grove


NEW PATHS IMPROVE THE CONNECTIVITY WITH COLCHESTER TOWN CENTRE AND IT’S HISTORIC TRAIL; MAKING THIS WONDERFUL ARCHITECTURE MORE ACCESSIBLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC


THE GALLERIES BRENTWOOD, ESSEX

T

he Galleries is a former Victorian asylum, set

strategy was then conceived to create a sensitive

within extensive grounds and situated in a

yet stunning landscape to surround the historic

prominent position in Brentwood in Essex. Being

buildings.

Grade 2 listed, its historic buildings comprise an important part of the local urban fabric. City &

Important trees protected by Tree Preservation

Country Residential recognised its potential and

Orders, have been retained within the development

is currently converting the existing buildings

design to enhance external spaces. The existing

into a high-quality, residential development

core buildings, combined with the new extensions

incorporating 130 apartments. Liz Lake Associates

and underground parking, have created eight

was commissioned to develop conceptual design

courtyard spaces. The design philosophy was to

ideas for the external landscape.

give each courtyard a distinct character while maintaining a harmonious feel to the overall

A detailed survey was undertaken of all existing

proposals. Two courtyards have been restored close

trees within the site, noting those protected

to the original historic design, while the remainder

by Tree Preservation Orders which were to be

are contemporary in style.

retained within the development design. A design

Client

Architect

Engineer

Images

City & Country

Brewster Bye

Roberts Hay Partnership

Pedestrian courtyard Planting to building entrances High quality planting to frontage


THESE PEDESTRIAN COURTYARDS HAVE BEEN RESTORED TO THEIR ORIGINAL GLORY USING PLANTS OF HISTORIC ASSOCIATIONS UNIFIED WITH NATURAL HARD MATERIALS


SWISS GARDEN

T

OLD WARDEN, BEDFORDSHIRE

he delightful Swiss Garden was created

It was important that the proposals improved the

in the 1820’s by Lord Ongley.

It covers

visitor experience whilst retaining the intimate

approximately 3.7 hectares and is open to the

sense of a private garden that the historic design

public through the Shuttleworth Trust.

encompasses. Working with Debois Landscape

The

design was renovated and added to by Joseph

Survey

Shuttleworth in the 1870’s and it was saved from

Consultants,

dereliction by Bedfordshire County Council in the

archival work, a full survey of the trees and other

1970’s and 80’s. Liz Lake Associates was appointed

planting and prepared proposals for restoration,

to prepare the renovation plans for landscape

access for all paths, a new education facility

elements to form part of applications for planning

and entrance.

Group Liz

&

Haydens

Lake

Arboricultural

Associates

undertook

permission and a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Planning

permission

was

obtained

for

the

The Garden is full of raised earthworks, mounds

restoration proposals and a Heritage Lottery Fund

and hollows, ponds and islands.

grant for £2.8 million was awarded to the trust.

These are

complemented by thirteen listed buildings and structures and a large collection of mature trees, rhododendrons and interesting shrubs.

Client

Architect

Hydrology

Historic

Images

Shuttleworth

Christopher Garrand

OHES

Landscape

Ornamental ponds to be dredged

Trust

Consultancy

Environmental

Debois

Rhododendrons to be cut back on the Broad Walk Shrubberies to be cut back to reclaim lawns


THE SWISS COTTAGE IS ONE OF 13 STRUCTURES THAT COMPLEMENT THE EARTHWORKS, PONDS AND MATURE PLANTING THAT MAKE THE GARDEN MAGICAL


WAR MEMORIALS TRUST

T

LONDON

he War Memorials Trust works for the

Susan Deakin Ecology in conjunction with the

protection

War Memorials Trust who edited the guidance.

and

conservation

of

war

memorials in the UK. They provide advice and

Liz

information and run grant schemes for the repair

structuring and writing the guidance and bringing

and conservation of war memorials. Surrounding

all of the text and images together with graphic

the centenary of World War I the War Memorials

design presentation.

Lake

Associates

managed

the

project,

Trust anticipates that the landscapes and planting around

prime

The ‘Conservation and management of war

candidates for local projects. Liz Lake Associates

memorial

structures

will

be

memorial landscapes’ helpsheet was introduced at

was delighted to be asked to prepare landscape

a War Memorials Trust AGM and is now available

guidance to inform projects and give suggestions

as a free download on their website: www.

for best practice. The guidance is available from

warmemorials.org/uploads/publications/359.pdf

the War Memorials Trust website. The project included specialist advisors; English Heritage, Historic Scotland, The Garden History Society, Tim Moya Associates (arboriculturists),

Client

Historic Landscape

Images

War Memorials

Garden History Society

Philips Memorial, Godalming

Trust

Guidance design by Liz Lake Associates Duxford, Cambridgeshire


WE HOPE CONSERVATION & MANAGEMENT OF WAR MEMORIAL LANDSCAPES WILL BE RAISED


HUNGERFORD PARK

L

iz

Lake

Associates

formed

part

HUNGERFORD, BERKSHIRE

a

permission without going to appeal. Our work for

multidisciplinary team invited to prepare a

of

this project, carried out with Fitzroy Robinson, was

planning application for a new country house in

exhibited at an exhibition of PPG7 houses at the

a sensitive Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on

Royal Institute of British Architects.

the edge of Hungerford. PPG7 is now superseded by the National Planning Working with the historic landscape advisors and

Policy Framework but this allows for isolated houses

archaeologists, Liz Lake Associates was able to

in the countryside to be considered where it would

show that the proposed site of the house and the

represent the optimal viable use of a heritage asset

surrounding area was a neglected Elizabethan park

or would be appropriate enabling development

and garden with a bowling green and deer race. We

to secure the future of heritage assets. Houses of

argued that restoring the house would re-establish

contemporary design need to be truly outstanding

the meaning of the designed landscape and create

or innovative, helping to raise standards of design

a new focal point.

more generally in rural areas, reflect the highest standards in architecture, significantly enhance its

Planning permission was granted under the PPG7

immediate setting and be sensitive to the defining

planning policy and this house is one of only a

characteristics of the local area.

handful of grand new houses to achieve planning

Client

Architect

Planner

Historic

Archaeologist

Images

Private

Fitzroy

Savills

Landscape

Kirkdale Archaeology

Woodland had obscured a designed Elizabethan landscape

Robinson

Debois

Derelict buildings on site to be refurbished The historic entrance


PERMISSION FOR A UNIQUE ISOLATED HOUSE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE


SPRINGFIELD HALL FARM

S

CHELMSFORD, ESSEX

pringfield Hall is a timber framed medieval

Detailed landscape analysis and visual appraisal

farmhouse with a brick Georgian façade.

revealed the history of the site and the wider setting

Dating from the 1860’s, the Model Farm buildings

of the farm and Hall on the edge of the Chelmer

to the east of the Hall were designed by notable

Valley.

Chelmsford

architect

Frederic

Chancellor,

leading figure in Victorian farm design.

a

The

The survey work and analysis was drawn together

buildings which reflect developments in farming

and then developed into sensitive strategy for the

practice and farm design during the Victorian

site so that the setting of the Listed Farmhouse

period are heritage assets of local significance

could be protected through consolidation, careful

and provide a positive contribution to the setting

repair and adaptation, within the context of

of the Listed farmhouse.

an appropriate and sustainable new use.

The

preparation of landscape proposals supported the Following a serious fire which caused serious

integration of the scheme into the wider Chelmer

damage to the former Model Farm buildings,

Valley using landscape character tools and visual

Liz Lake Associates was appointed to provide

analysis, whilst respecting the landscape setting

landscape advice associated with their restoration

of the site.

and conversion to residential use, working closely

was prepared to assess the effects of the proposed

with the client, heritage consultant and architect.

development on landscape and visual resources.

A landscape and visual assessment

Client

Planner

Heritage Consultant

Images

Private

Strutt & Parker

AHP Ltd

Listed farmhouse The Chelmer Valley Sensitive approach to restoration


THE FARM COMPLEX WAS SERIOUSLY DAMAGED BY FIRE


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Liz Lake Associates offers the following services:

■ Landscape Design

■ Restoration and Conversion

■ Urban Design

■ Residential

■ Public Realm

■ Education

■ Masterplanning

■ Retail & Leisure

■ Landscape Planning

■ Community Consultation

■ Expert Witness

■ Ecology

■ Heritage Landscapes

■ Arboriculture

■ Gardens and Estates

■ 3D / Graphic Design

WWW.LIZLAKE.COM Liz Lake Associates Chartered Landscape Architects Stansted: Unit 1, The Exchange, 9 Station Road, Stansted, Essex, CM24 8BE t +44 (0)1279 647044 e office@lizlake.com www.lizlake.com

Nottingham: Suite 201, 20 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham NG1 2FZ t +44 (0)115 784 3566 e office@lizlake.com www.lizlake.com

Bristol: 1 Host Street, Bristol, BS1 5BU t +44 (0)117 927 1786 e office@lizlake.com www.lizlake.com

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