Land Engineering (Scotland) - The Maze, Dumfries House, Ayrshire
Client The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust
Architect Land Engineering (Scotland)
Designer St Mary’s Horticultural Services
Suppliers Hutton Stone Company, Lost Art, Splash Gordon
The Maze, a new addition to the Dumfries House estate, is part of a wider project to regenerate the parkland that surrounds this stately home for the enjoyment of the local community and visitors alike. The project has been taken from original concept through to realisation, creating a landscape that evokes the royal gardens of the past.
Circular in design and with a perimeter wall built from stone reclaimed from the estate, the Maze features a complex structure of paths. Hedging extends out from the central pavilion and reflective pool while sandstone pillars and ornate gates offer an entrance to the twisting paths, hidden rooms and oak features.
Construction and installation of the geometric structure of the maze in timber edging was a challenging aspect that was achieved through the implementation of a number of innovative engineering solutions. The end result was a piece of engineering art.
"This is a cracking scheme and technically very challenging because the maze had to be set out with absolute precision," said the judges. "The contractor’s response was to employ innovative and complex form work using composite softwood board to ensure the consecutive rings of the maze were precisely located. The entire maze is surrounded by a ha-ha and stone wall, and features a beautifully constructed central pagoda-type building. The standard of the landscaping overall is outstanding but the real magic is in the level of precision achieved, which creates a magnificent landscape structure."
Award sponsor: Kubota