Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - DESIGN - COM­PILED BY AN­NIE GATTI


A team led by Bradley Mur­phy De­sign has won a land­scape de­sign com­pe­ti­tion for the new gar­den city at Ebb­s­fleet in Kent. The com­pe­ti­tion, launched by the Ebb­s­fleet De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion and NHS Eng­land, asked for a de­sign that would en­cour­age phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity in res­i­dents and of­fer them un­in­ter­rupted ac­cess to na­ture through a net­work of green spa­ces. The win­ning de­sign pro­vides ac­tiv­ity hubs that con­nect peo­ple to places and each other, a net­work of pedes­trian and cy­cle routes lead­ing to green spa­ces, ar­eas that will be at­trac­tive to wildlife, and ar­eas for grow­ing food. bradley­mur­phy­de­


Three gal­vanised steel sculp­tures by David Watkin­son form fo­cal points in the new win­ter gar­den at RHS Gar­den Hyde Hall in Es­sex. The sculp­tures, which de­pict a leaf in vary­ing stages of de­cay, sit among newly com­pleted win­ter plant­ings that in­clude cop­piced wil­low, pruned to cre­ate sculp­tural forms, and a trial of nearly 50 cul­ti­vars of Cor­nus, along with other plants of­fer­ing berries, in­ter­est­ing stem and bark colours and tex­tures, or win­ter sil­hou­ettes. De­signed by Hyde Hall’s gar­den team led by An­drew Hell­man, the gar­den is based around a cen­tral path that winds through the bor­ders.­dens/hyde-hall


An el­e­vated tim­ber path that pro­vides views over the his­toric Sys­tem­atic Beds at Cam­bridge Uni­ver­sity Botanic Gar­den has opened to the pub­lic. De­signed by Chad­wick Dryer Clarke Stu­dio the Ris­ing Path is made from ac­coya wood, sup­ported by gal­vanised steel col­umns and has been con­fig­ured to weave be­tween the trees in the pine­tum. The 96m-long path ends in a three­me­tre high view­ing plat­form where vis­i­tors will be able to look out over the Sys­tem­atic Beds. Below this, at ground level, vis­i­tors will be able to find in­for­ma­tion on tra­di­tional and modern ways of categorising plants.


Gar­den de­signer Mark Lane has de­signed a sen­sory gar­den for Agate House in Berk­shire. Run by the char­ity Leonard Cheshire, Agate House pro­vides sup­port and nurs­ing care for phys­i­cally dis­abled adults, and the new gar­den is de­signed to pro­vide a gar­den­ing space for res­i­dents, staff and vis­i­tors. Wind­ing path­ways, wide enough for two wheel­chairs to pass, are edged with raised beds at var­i­ous heights for wheel­chair users, and the gar­den also fea­tures a sum­mer­house, water fea­ture, multi-stem trees and wooden arch­ways to add height. The gar­den is a ben­e­fi­ciary of funds raised by the Na­tional Gar­dens Scheme. mark­


Heckfield Place, a Ge­or­gian house in Hampshire, has be­come the UK’s lat­est coun­try house ho­tel with gar­dens to match its stun­ning new in­te­rior. Orig­i­nally cre­ated in the 19th cen­tury by the tal­ented head gar­dener William Wild­smith, the gar­dens and 400-acre es­tate have been re­stored and re­struc­tured over a pe­riod of five years by a team of 24 gar­den­ers and aborists. The team has painstak­ingly re­stored much of Wild­smith’s orig­i­nal lay­out in­clud­ing two walled gar­dens, a for­mal Ital­ian ter­race that has been re­planted by the Rich brothers, lakes, plea­sure grounds and wood­land walks. heck­field­


LDA De­sign has sub­mit­ted de­signs for a new wa­ter­front de­vel­op­ment in Lon­don for plan­ning con­sent. The plan for the site of the old Westferry Print­works on the Isle of Dogs in­cludes two new parks, water­side and wood­land walks, play ar­eas and space for grow­ing food. Although the site will in­clude more than 700 res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties, more than half of the 15 acres will be open space, in­clud­ing a foun­tain plaza that it’s hoped will be­come so­cial and cul­tural space, and a south­fac­ing prom­e­nade that will of­fer views to the River Thames. To the north of this a series of rain gar­dens will har­ness sur­face water. lda-de­


A new de­vel­op­ment by Make Ar­chi­tects has won Best New Build in the City of Lon­don in the Wor­ship­ful Com­pany of Char­tered Ar­chi­tects Awards 2018. The de­sign for Lon­don Wall Place cel­e­brates the orig­i­nal Ro­man wall and Saxon re­mains and pro­vides an acre of pub­lic gar­dens. Both the wall and the pre­vi­ously hid­den tower of the medieval church of St Al­phage have been re­stored and made a cen­tral part of the pub­lic space. Corten steel walk­ways link a series of land­scaped pocket gar­dens, and there are large ex­panses of green walls across mul­ti­ple ter­raced lev­els of the two new of­fice build­ings. makearchi­


New­cas­tle-based de­sign stu­dio Maw­son Kerr has com­bined old and new in its de­sign for a vis­i­tor café at Mount Grace Pri­ory in North York­shire. Two dou­ble-pitched tim­ber frames form the façade of the build­ing, with one frame left open to pro­vide cover for an out­door ter­race. The pitched roofs are based on those of the sleep­ing quar­ters of the monks who once lived at the pri­ory, the most com­plete sur­viv­ing Carthu­sian monastery in Bri­tain. The roof and cladding are made of re­claimed lo­cal slate and the tim­ber is 30-year-old oak boards. The café forms part of Chris Beard­shaw’s mas­ter­plan for the grounds. maw­

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