Sponsor: Rigby Taylor and Top Green
Hyde Park Parade Ground Reinstatement Works
Client The Royal Parks Architect LUC Designer Talbot Farm Landscapes
Maintenance Contractor OCS Group
Suppliers Acorn Tractors and Machinery, County Turf, Live Trackway, Talbot Turf, Tarmac Topsport
The Parade Ground needed to be reinstated in the winter following continued use for major events over the summer. Involving approximately 11ha, this was one of the largest turf reinstatement contracts issued in the UK. Talbot Farm Landscapes understand not only working with such a prestigious client but also what is required to manage the traffic in an open park situation. This has to be done carefully, taking into consideration the general public and tourists.
The remit was to reinstate areas within the park, with multiple constraints — decompact ground taking into account underground services, prepare, cultivate and re-turf to the highest level. Arboriculture is an important factor within Hyde Park due to its specimen trees, so preparation and decompaction had to be considered. Talbot also had to take into account weight restrictions in some areas due to underground car parks.
"The scale of these reinstatement works is amazing and serves to illustrate the skills, horticultural and logistics expertise, and top-flight project management ability required by any contractor working in this area of specialist landscaping. Hyde Park is London’s best known Royal Park and had to remain accessible throughout the works to reinstate the turfed areas damaged by its annual Winter Wonderland. The contractor’s workforce operates with military precision, each member of the team knowing their precise role and responsibilities and achieving a remarkable turnaround within a tight time frame in what is an incredibly impressive operation."
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Project Houghton Hall Park
Client Central Bedfordshire Council
Architect Chris Burnett Associates
Suppliers Ian Moran (Metal Moran), Wilby Tree Surgeons
Houghton Hall Park in Houghton Regis has a rich heritage that is valued by the local community. It plays an important role in the history, culture and landscape of the local area and forms an integral part of people’s lives. Central Bedfordshire Council was awarded a grant of £2.2m to transform the park, from the Heritage and Big Lottery Funds’ "Parks for People" grant scheme. This enabled works to help restore the park to its former glory and provide better facilities for the community. Specific works included tree felling and scrub clearance, woodland management, the construction of 2.2m-high brick walls for the walled garden, planting beds and working areas for the walled garden, a new formal garden, fencing and gateways, paths and surfacing, seating and bins, parkland tree planting and preparatory works for a new play trail.
Project London City Island
Client/Main Contractor Ballymore Group
Architect CBA Associates
Suppliers Eco Choice, Instant Landscapes, Lorenz von Ehren, Tamar Nurseries, Waterwise Irrigation Solutions
London City Island is a vibrant development that is key to the regeneration of Leamouth Peninsula. The landscape masterplan links a mixed-use development that incorporates 1,900 residential units, retail work spaces, leisure facilities, cultural exhibition space and offices. The scheme comprises large quantities of paved and pedestrian areas to accommodate walkways and communal areas for relaxation and socialising. These include a luxury decking and swimming pool area along with external lighting and fully automated irrigation. In-Ex Landscapes’ scope of works involved taking all elements from the ground up, including all bulk elevation, drainage, base and civil preparation, new services and ducting, all landscape finishes, lighting and irrigation.