Job Done - Gardens at Little Abbey Estate, Westminster

Project: Creating gardens at the Little Abbey Estate, Westminster
Client: Peabody Trust
Contractor: Turney Landscapes
Value: More than £350,000

Two derelict courtyards at the Little Abbey Estate in Westminster are now suitable for summer barbecues and sunbathing after a green makeover. Residents at the Peabody Trust-owned estate will be able to enjoy a proliferation of grasses, perennials and alpines in the newly created beds, as well as lawned areas, seating and new lighting.

The works were phased over five months and carried out by a team of 12 staff from Turney Landscapes. Turney Landscapes managing director Steve Turney said the project had been a challenge because the firm was also tasked with fitting new water mains, telephone cables and refurbishing the drainage system.

Turney said: "There are lots of plants and different flowers give colour throughout the season."

Special storage areas for rubbish and recycling bins have been built and paths have been laid with resin-bound gravel. Each 400sq m courtyard contains lawn areas and plants such as lavender, hebes, Senecio 'Sunshine' and climbing hydrangeas.

White concrete seats, cobbles and corten steel are also used in the makeover, designed by landscape architecture practice Farrer Huxley Associates.

Peabody Trust landscape regeneration manager Mathew Frith said: "Before the regeneration of the estate, there were two empty Tarmac courtyards. The gardens will provide a social focus for the residents."


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