An Urban Courtyard
Designer/Maintenence Contractor PWP Landscape
Suppliers D-tail Plants, David Harber, Laser Cut Screens, Marshalls, Terete Hot Tubs
Situated in the centre of York, a stone’s throw from the cathedral, this listed property was once council offices before being renovated into high-end residential town houses. The property was one of the few houses lucky enough to retain an outdoor space and the client wanted to create a wow-factor urban courtyard. With careful consideration to the neighbouring properties and listed building status, PWP designed a highly contemporary scheme in fitting with the client’s home and lifestyle. Bespoke CNC cut indigenous stone was used for step details and three "ripple" effect 2m-high stone wall panels were installed. Features include a specially designed cantilevered pergola with laser-cut copper screens housing an outdoor TV viewed from the sunken cedar hot tub and a "Dark Planet" David Harber sculpture nestled beneath a row of pleached hornbeam. PWP designed, built and continues to maintain this scheme.
"The garden of this town dwelling in the shadow of York Minster has been utterly transformed by the contractor’s skilled installation of what is a largely hard landscaped scheme. CNC precision-cut stone paving has been expertly installed, as have the cantilevered pergola, bespoke laser-cut panels and sculpture. Corten steel has been well used and installed and all paving treads have been carefully recessed for lighting. This is a very well built scheme."
Windsor & Harris Landscapes
Project Private Residence in Shepperton Architect Malcolm Jenkins Designer Windsor & Harris Landscapes Suppliers Champion Timber, Jewsons, Royce Turf and Irrigation, Travis Perkins
Windsor & Harris Landscapes was tasked by the clients to bring some "Zen" to this garden and make it work seamlessly with architects’ plans for a single-storey extension. The company’s suggestions to alter the plans were taken on board by the clients. This allowed the creation of a floating corner, bi-fold doors and interior sliding doors. Many high-end materials were introduced across three different levels in the garden, providing a safe, practical and private space for the clients to thoroughly enjoy. The customers are extremely proud of the final outcome and cannot wait to see it flourish.
Project Private Residence in Chedworth
Architect/Designer Graduate Gardeners
Suppliers Cotswold Stone Quarries, Westminster Stone Company, Viridis
A sympathetic landscape scheme was needed to complete the overall look of this renovated Cotswold stone property. The clients wanted a simple, structured look to the garden. The scheme included paved seating areas and paths, working with a number of fixed levels and existing walls. It also included a small parterre garden with a water feature, a wild flower and topiary garden and the refurbishment of the drive area. A long path through the garden created a strong sight line towards timber steps that lead up to what was an adjacent paddock. Contoured paths allow you to walk across the steep slope, set within the wild flower meadow.
Project Light on Water
Designer/Maintenance Contractor Cube 1994
Suppliers Brooks Timber, Europlants, Hortimex, London Stone, Natural Stone
The brief was to transform the traditional courtyard into a very contemporary space. A clipped box hedge was retained because it works really well in a contemporary courtyard, while specimen plants created seamless maturity. The courtyard was designed into a series of spaces — a relaxing area with sofas and a 1.6m-long fire table; a sheltered dining space with outdoor kitchen; and an open-air dining space. A large Yorkstone water feature divides the relaxing area and open-air dining space, flanked by two parallel flower beds. The outdoor kitchen comprises a bespoke work surface, drinks cooler, sink, storage space and barbecue.
Creative Landscape Company
Project A Riverside Garden
Designer Creative Landscape Company
Suppliers The Big Plant Nursery, Bouchier Fencing, Landscapeplus, London Stone, Marshalls
Creative Landscape Company was invited to develop the garden of a contemporary timber property to better exploit riverside views and harmonise house, garden and landscape. Elements include a new driveway, a greenhouse and vegetable garden, an outdoor kitchen, terrace paving, decking, lawns and planting, a water feature as well as irrigation and lighting. The key design challenge was to understand the extent, frequency and impact of any flooding on the garden and agree with the client the level of risk they were prepared to take, while a narrow bridge restricted deliveries. The result is an elegant, flowing and practical garden that closely fits the client brief and reinforces the strong sense of place.
Bowles & Wyer
Project Private Residence in London
Designer Thomas Hoblyn Garden Design
Maintenance Contractor Bowles & Wyer
Suppliers Lovell Stone Group, Studio Ewing
The construction of a Thomas Hoblyn-designed roof garden based on his 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden built by Bowles & Wyer. The garden is supported over a waterproofed roof on a drainage mat protected by a concrete screed. Galvanised steel planters and concrete blockwork make up the substructure. Portland stone paving, cladding and copings were installed onto this. Mature Taxus hedging, Italian cypress and a cork oak again hint at the 2012 garden — the planting has a distantly Mediterranean feel. Andrew Ewing designed and installed a brimming water feature, onto which "The Call" by sculptor Rick Kirby was installed to give the impression of it floating on the water’s surface.