Contemporary spaces will sit among restored Victorian features in the external work plans approved for a new children’s hospice in the South West.
Indigo Landscape Architects has been awarded the contract for external works at the Charlton Farm children’s hospice in North Somerset following “sensitive and complementary proposals” backed by a robust landscape and visual assessment report.
The Wiltshire-based designers will work with Exeter-based architecture practice Lacey Hickie Caley to produce the scheme for Children’s Hospice South West, which is due for completion in early 2007.
The project centres around a Victorian farm site in historic parkland in Bristol’s greenbelt, aiming to provide privacy and tranquillity for children and their families.
Indigo’s proposals for the site include the replanting of an old orchard, the re-creation of a Victorian farmhouse garden and farm courtyard alongside more contemporary spaces and courtyards. The site will also include a peaceful area set aside for memorial tree plantings. The project will be funded by public donations.
Indigo director Chris Bottle said: “In landscape terms alone this project is hugely rewarding, having so many diverse facets. Some of our favourite elements include the restoration of the historic Repton-influenced landscape and the creation of fun, contemporary children’s gardens and play areas.”
Children’s Hospice South West chief executive officer Eddie Farwell said: “We’re thrilled with the landscape proposals for Charlton Farm. In particular, the themed sensory gardens will be wonderful for the children to enjoy and explore.”
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