Trees used to punctuate Bristol retail quarter

Trees have been used to give natural definition to key spaces in a £500m new retail quarter, which includes millions of pounds worth of soft and hard landscaping.

Cabot Circus, a retail-led scheme with houses and offices opened, last month on 15 ha of land in Bristol. Squares, piazzas and streets are lined with oaks and planes.

Landscape architect Novell Tullett and Wyevale Nurseries used 140 trees to punctuate pennant, granite pale-red sandstone paving. The landscape budget was £8m.

"We had to convince engineers that 3m-high trees would lift canopies above site lines to traffic lights," says Jane Fowles, director of landscape architect Novell Tullett.

Four 6m-tall Quercus robur ‘Fastigiata' frame the entrance to a friary. Wyevale also supplied flowering crab apple and Fraxinus angustifolia ‘Raywood'.

Chapman Taylor Architects worked with Novell Tullett for the client Bristol Alliance, a consortium including the developers Hammerson and Land Securities.

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