Davis’ Projects


Below is a selection of landscape architectural projects from all sectors of work completed by Davis Landscape Architecture.

Former Greyhound Stadium, Oxford We were commissioned to provide landscape related information for a detailed planning application for this proposed 220 unit, 3.5ha residential development located at the edge of an urban centre. The proposed built form is of a low density and creates a variety of spaces. To the north boundary of the site three mews type courtyards are proposed. At the heart of the site three connected distinct public open space are proposed. At three locations across the site children’s playgrounds are proposed, these are comprised of both natural and structured play elements. The layout of the site adopts the principals of the ‘home zone’. It has been designed to encourage vehicular traffic to move slowly and to give the pedestrian priority. SUDS principals have been generally adopted to deal with the surface water drainage. In a number of locations swales have been introduced into the park to deal with some of the surface water run. Permeable paved surfaces are proposed widely across the site. Client: Galliard Homes Architect: GML Architects

Oxford Stadium Residential Home Zone Development

Star Lane Phase 1, Great Wakering We were commissioned to provide landscape related information for a detailed planning submission for this proposed 120 unit, 3.2ha residential development located at the edge Green Belt. The proposed built form is of a low density, with each unit having access to a private rear garden. The majority of the public realm within the site adopts the principals of Home Zone, with carriageway and footway being on the same level. This design is to encourage vehicular traffic to move slowly and to give the pedestrian priority. Slower traffic speeds will also enable and encourage safe doorstep play. Generally, each unit frontage accommodates one parking space, pedestrian access to the property and boundary planting. There are other small blocks of unallocated parking throughout the site. Three community parks are accommodated within the site, two of which have dedicate play grounds. Client Inner London Group Architect Stock Woolstencroft

Star Lane Ph1 Residential Home Zone Development

Tyson Road London We were appointed by the client to develop a planning approved scheme to a full tender package of information to enable the tender and construction of this project. There were numerous constraints imposed on our landscape proposal by the existing site conditions. There are a high number of trees on site, many of which were covered by TPO’s. The topography of the site has a significant fall, in excess of 10m from one corner of the site to the other. From a cost perspective we were tasked with finding solutions to minimise the volume of fill to be carted off site. Our proposals accommodated the needs of vehicular access to undercroft parking, compliance with the DDA and the access needs of refuse and delivery vehicles. In addition our proposals needed to deliver a meaningful public open space at the heart of this scheme. The planting for this scheme was specified to create a number of distinct zones across the site, provide all year round interest and to provide food and shelter for our native fauna. Client Loromah Estates Architect Bryden Wood Architects

Tyson Road, Herne Hill London Residential Development

 

Albyns Close, Havering, London. We were appointed as landscape architects by our client and tasked to develop the public realm landscape strategy for this new build residential development. This was then worked up to a level sufficient to submit to the local authority as part of a detailed planning submission for this site. Our proposals adopted the principals of ‘home zone’, providing its resident’s children with the opportunity for door step play. There is no clear delineation between the footway and vehicle running surface, encouraging slower traffic speeds. Vehicles access the site via an exiting vehicular crossover, this new street will provide parking for the three blocks to the north east of this spine road. Within this part of the site a small public park has been accommodated. The vehicular access within the three terraces to the south west end of the site has a deliberately narrow access route to encourage slow traffic speeds on this shared surface. These routes also provide access requirements for service vehicles. To the front of each of these houses a parking space, a seat by the front door, a bin store and planting is accommodated. The gardens to their rears are paved, each have a cycle store and, where space allows, an area of grass is provided. In addition, where possible, each rear garden is provided with a gated access. Client London Borough of Havering Architect StockWool

Albyns Close Home Zone Residential Development

Ashby Road Lewisham, London For this new build residential scheme we were appointed by a developer client to provide landscape architects information to satisfy landscape related conditions to submit to the local authority. The majority of the dwellings are to be accessed via a shared pathway which enters the site off Ashby Road. This pathway passes private patios and entrance spaces associated with individual dwellings. Our challenge was to provide a route which was DDA compliant whilst preserving an element of privacy and a feeling of defensible space for the private dwellings. At the south corner of the site a large existing tree is located just outside the plot boundary. Our proposal ensured the levels within the root protection zone of this tree remained unchanged and thus minimising the detrimental impact of development on this tree. Finally, our landscape proposals needed to resolve the detail of the external space to the five private patios along the west elevation of the building. We worked closely with the architect to ensure the projected light levels into the flats would be adequate whist creating a living green space. To maximise the patio plan areas we proposed climbing plants along each of the boundary walls to these sunken spaces. Client Northill Properties Architect Clive Sall Architecture

Ashby Road Lewisham, London – Residential Development

Little Heath, London We were appointed by our client to provide them with information to submit to the local planning authority to satisfy landscape related conditions and to provide them with a package of information to enable them to tender the external works. This included the production of a general arrangement drawings, planting plan with schedules and detailed section and a full NBS specification. To the east corner of the site, outside of the plot boundary, an existing listed building is located. Our proposals needed to interface with the existing openings of this building. To the rear of the site existing trees are located within the plot boundary. Our proposals enabled the retention of the majority of these trees, and our considered design minimises the potential impact of the proposed development on their existing roots. The needs of parking to the rear of the building was carefully considered to ensure the easy manoeuvring of vehicles in and out of the site. The car park area functions as a shared space and ‘carriageway’ widths have been purposefully kept narrow. To the north elevation of the site small private gardens are proposed to the three residential units. These areas needed to accommodate some planting, paving and a bin store enclosure. Client Marktime Ltd. Architect Make Space

Little Heath Residential Development

 

 

Grange Road, Walthamstow We were commissioned to provide landscape related information for a detailed planning application for this proposed residential development located in east London. The area has been designed as a ‘Home Zone’ and the principals of shared surface have been adopted. With pedestrians and vehicles sharing the same space and there being no formal carriageway drivers of vehicles are psychologically encouraged to slow down. As the volume of traffic entering this site will be relatively low it is intended the external environment to this site will function as a children’s play space as well as car park. Planting adjacent to the building edge provide some defensible space for the inhabitants of the units. These jut out into the carriageway, once again encouraging drivers of vehicles to slow down. Generally the strategy adopted for the drainage of this site adopts Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems principals. Permeable block pavers are proposed in a number of location and excess rain will be accommodated within a number of the planted areas. Within the canopies of the existing trees to the north boundary no dig construction principals are adopted and permeable block pavers are proposed. This will help to ensure the survival of these retained trees. Client L&Q Group Architect Stock Woolstencroft

Grange Road Residential Home Zone Development

Ruckholt Road, Leytonstone We were commissioned to provide landscape related information for a detailed planning application for this proposed 150 unit residential development located in north London. The architecture fronts onto the three existing roads and one newly created pedestrian access route to the west of the site. This arrangement creates a communal courtyard space for the use of the residents of this development. The proposals also accommodates below ground parking which is located below the buildings and the courtyard space to the south of the site. The courtyard landscape has been designed to be visually pleasing when viewed from the residential units. The proposals create a variety of spaces bound by blocks of hedge and tree planting in which the residents can enjoy the landscape with a feeling of privacy. The paving arrangement provides circulation routes through the space and subtly incorporates a service vehicle access. An element of natural play has also been incorporated into the design of the space. Finally, the proposed landscape design considers the requirements of the existing trees to be retained located outside the plot boundary to the north and east of the site. Client Glyn Hopkins Ltd Architect Stock Woolstencroft Planning Consultant Studio Aitken

Ruckholt Residential Development

Wapping High Street, Wapping, London We were appointed by our client as landscape architects for this residential development located on the north bank of the River Thames, London. Our scope of works was to prepare information to discharge landscape related conditions and to preparation of a full tender pack of information. The existing building is being converted for residential use and extended upwards. Our remit was to design a roof garden which is to be access by its residents. Our proposals needed to consider the exposed environment in this location, seven floors up and on the banks of the River Thames. In addition we needed to be mindful of loading being imposed on the structural slab by our proposals. We needed to create an environment in which residents would want to visit and enjoy the stunning views which are on offer. Access requirements to this roof space were also carefully considered as was the screening of necessary roof top plant and solar panels. Landscape Institutes Work Stage: E to F/G Client/ Contractor: O'Shea Architect: Galliard Homes

Wapping High Street, London – Residential Roof Garden

 

 

Iverson Road North London We were appointed by our client to develop a planning approved scheme and to provide them with information to discharge all landscape related conditions for this residential development. In addition our remit was to provide a full tender pack of information to enable the tender of the soft landscape element of work. Finally we are responsible for monitoring the on site external works as it progresses on site. Our proposals needed to accommodate the level change along the Iverson Road frontage, provide screening to the adjacent Network Rail land to the north of the site and create a meaningful courtyard space at the heart of this development. Where possible private patios were provided to all ground floor units. Disabled access was required to all ground floor units. We were responsible for providing detailed information to discharge the two conditions which related to a green wall at the west elevation of the building and a biodiverse roof on top of the west block. This project is due for completion in early 2015. Client Reichmann Properties Architect Waugh Thistleton Architects

Iverson Road Residential Development

The Grove, Golders Green, London We were appointed by our client to provide them with information to satisfy landscape related conditions, provide them with a full landscape package of drawn and written information to enable the tender of the external works and to monitor the on site works for this new build residential development. The entire development for this project is located over a basement car park. The implications of this is that the hard and planted landscape located over a concrete slab on all four levels of our proposal. Careful consideration was given to the drainage of the paved and planted areas. In this instance a drainage mat onto of the waterproof structural slab was proposed. At the first and second floors private terraces are proposed, these contain an area of paving with raised planters and glass balustrade to their perimeter. At the ground floor to the rear of the building a communal private garden is proposed. This is comprised of raised planters with climbers, shrubs and small trees. Within the large planters two vents to the basement car park needed to be accommodated, these were screened with planting. At the lower ground floor level private gardens are proposed for the flats on this level. Where possible climbers were proposed to provide some planing whiles maximising the usable space for the residents. The front of this residential development needed to accommodate vehicular access to the lower ground floor car park, the main pedestrian entrance to all flat, covered bin stores and access to various service meters. Landscape Institutes Work Stage: E to L Client: CG Towers Architect: Randall Architecture

The Grove, Golders Green, London Residential Roof Gardens

213 - 217 Bow Road London This project involved the production of drawings and landscape design statement prepared to be submitted to the Planners as part of a detailed planning application. Drawings were then submitted to the Local Authority to satisfy landscape related conditions. The existing site is a deep plot with a narrow frontage onto Bow Road. It is located between a light industrial unit, a proposed residential development and a small park/ memorial gardens. The scheme has a public open space at its heart which incorporates a toddlers play are. All surfaces throughout the scheme are flush. Due to the constrained nature of this plot we have utilised the vertical faces of walls and buildings for planting. Client Aitch Group Architect Stock Woolstencroft

Bow Road Residential Development Landscape

 

 

219-221 Bow Road Bow, London We were appointed by our client to produce drawings and a landscape design statement. These were to be submitted to the Planners as part of a detailed planning application for this proposed residential development. This site is adjacent to a residential scheme for which we were also the landscape architects, also with the same developer. The issues were similar in that this is a deep plot with a narrow frontage onto Bow Road. In addition part of our brief was to seamlessly stitch our proposals with those of the adjacent plot, creating a single unified public realm. In addition the design team needed to consider at the planning stage how this phase would be built with the adjacent development already being occupied. We considered the entire space within this residential scheme to have pedestrian priority, with necessary occasional vehicular access. It was designed as a shared space with no kerbs defining footway and carriageway. The bands of paving of the adjacent residential scheme were continued through into this one. Two toddlers play areas were integrated into our proposed public amenity spaces, maximising the potential uses of this valuable external space. Cycle storage, refuse storage, two disabled parking spaces, fire tender access and refuse vehicle access were all accommodated within our proposals. Client Aitch Group Architect StockWool

219-221 Bow Road London Residential Housing with Shared Space

Ravenscourt House Hammersmith We were commissioned to provide landscape related information for a detailed planning application for this proposed student accommodation development located in west London. The proposed built form is comprised of three blocks that are orientated approximately north south. The central and east blocks are joined at ground floor level creating the main pedestrian entrance to the development. This arrangement of built form creates three courtyard spaces. The south and west courtyards are located at lower ground floor level whilst the north courtyard is at ground floor. The three spaces have been designed to be visually pleasing when viewed from above whilst providing the necessary access routes through the scheme. The two lower ground floor courtyards have been designed as spaces for the students to inhabit and relax. Seating has been proposed and a variety of spaces have been created with proposed planting and small trees. The north courtyard connects the entrance to the proposed development with the main road. This has been kept visually free of clutter to enable clear navigation to the main entrance. This space also allows for two disabled parking spaces, cycle storage and access to the plant and bin store rooms. Client Abanar LLP Architect Fraser Brown MacKenna

Ravenscourt Residential Development

Tudor Court, Golders Green, London We were appointed by our client to provide them with information to submit to the local authority, provide them with a full landscape package of drawn and written information to enable the tender of the external works and to monitor the on site works for this conversion residential development. The initial building was offices and is being converted to residential use. This required the architect to review the fire strategy and provide additional exits to the building envelope. The previous parking configuration needed to be rearranged so as to provide allocated parking each residential unit. In addition each ground floor unit required a private garden. The site is access via a communal private road and careful consideration needed to be given to refuse and fire tender access, turning and egress. In addition all private parking spaces needed to be carefully located so as to allow easy parking and turning on this constrained site. The landscape was designed in such a way so as to minimise site generated fill which would need to be carted away to a land fill site. The existing tarmac was therefore retained where possible and a resin bound overlay was applied. Two colours of resin bound gravel were proposed. These were designed in bands so as to indicate it was not a road it is a shared space. It is intended that this 'Home Zone' principal would encourage door step play and provide safe access for residents across this space. An avenue of trees with blocks of planting to their base were proposed throughout this 'Home Zone space. These act as narrowing points in the vehicular access route and will encourage cars to slow down. In addition these trees will provide an element of privacy for residents of this development and the existing adjacent properties. Landscape Institutes Work Stage: E to L Client: CG Towers Architect: Randall Architecture

Tudor Court, Golders Green, London – Home Zone Residential Landscape

 

 

Belsize Park London We were appointed as landscape architects for this residential development located in north London. Our scope of works was from preparing information to discharge landscape related conditions to the preparation of a full tender pack of information. This project is due for completion January 2015. The proposed buildings are replacing four existing houses in a terrace located within a Conservation area. Additional parking is located under the proposed house and under the proposed gardens. Within the envelope of the gardens there is a step in the basement slab which needs to be accommodated within the landscape design. Our brief for the rear gardens was to maximise the usable space, provide a housing for mechanical plant associated with the individual houses and to provide the end user with a high quality pleasant and flexible space. The front gardens needed to provide a suitable means of access to the dwellings whilst providing space and access to the bin stores. The planting and paving needed to be suitable for an area of this architectural quality. Finally we needed to resolve vehicular access requirements to the basement car park at the rear of the dwellings. This access also needed to accommodate occasional pedestrian access to two of the four rear gardens. Client Galliard Homes Architect Galliard Homes

Belsize Park Residential Development

Finchley Road, North London We were appointed by the architect to develop a planning approved scheme and to provide them with information to discharge all landscape related conditions for this mixed use development located in west London. In addition our remit was to provide a full tender pack of information to enable the tender of the soft landscape element of work. Our proposals needed to consider the entire courtyard space and frontage to the residential block to the south were located over a podium deck. Our proposals also need to carefully address the flat landscape to the south of the south building block and the sloping footway of Llanvanor Road. The planting scheme needed to consider the potentially stressed environment in which these plants are expected to grow. Both shading from the surrounding proposed building and the limited growing medium over the podium deck were considered. The courtyard faces of the building elevations were to be greened with planting. Significant design consideration was given to this important element of our proposals. Architect Stock Woolstencroft

Finchley Road Residential Mixed Use Development

Totteridge Lane, Totteridge, London We were appointed by our client to provide them with information to submit to the local planning authority to satisfy landscape related conditions; provide them with a package of information to enable them to tender the external works and to monitor to onsite externally works as they progressed. This included the production of a general arrangement drawings, planting plan with schedules and detailed section and a full NBS specification. To the front of the site we needed to accommodate vehicular access to the car lift (located within the building envelope), and the requirements of the main pedestrian access to the the building's entrance In addition the requirements of service and refuse vehicles, including turning heads, needed to accommodated within this zone. We managed to satisfy these requirements by having a single paved pedestrian and vehicular surface to the building frontage, the pedestrian zone (and vehicular overrun) was finished with a resin bonded topping. To the rear of the building a number of private roof garden patios are accommodated, these are located on top of the basement car park structural slab. It was decided, for simplicity of build, that these would be simply paved, with the paving slabs on pedestals. All planting on the structural slab is located in raised planters. To the rear of the site a communal garden is located. A number of existing trees have been retained and additional planting proposed. Additional wild life friendly planting is accommodated within our proposals to ensure our client achieved the desired number of Code for Sustainable Homes credits. Landscape Institutes Work Stage: E to L Client: Bayview Homes Southern Ltd Architect: DGA Architects

Totteridge Lane Residential Development

 

 

Clyde Road, Seven Sisters, London We were appointed by our client to provide them with information to enable them to tender the external works on this residential development. This included the production of a general arrangement drawing, planting plan with schedules, detailed section and a full NBS specification. The development is on the site of former workshops and is accessed by narrow alley way off Clyde Road. The residential development is entirely surrounded by the boundary fences of the rear gardens of adjacent properties. The shared space that fronts onto the residential entrances of the development has been designed as a home zone type space. It allows for door step play as well as accommodating occasional delivery and refuse collection vehicles. The paved surface is permeable so as to minimise surface water run off and adopts the principals of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS). The planting to this space is a mixture of evergreen and deciduous planting and will provide all year round interest. A number of trees have also been specified to provide additional privacy for both residents of this development and the residents of the adjacent existing properties. The rear gardens have been simply reared with an area of paving adjacent to the house, an area of lawn and some planting. Landscape Institutes Work Stage: F/G Client: Freeds Developments Ltd. Architect: Genesis Architects

Clyde Road, Seven Sisters, London Home Zone Residential Landscape

Addiscombe Road Croydon, London We were appointed by a developer client to provide them with information to submit to the Local Authority to satisfy planning conditions. Information submitted included a general arrangement plan identifying materials and boundaries and a planting plan with schedules. Once the conditions were signed off by the Local Authority we were then produced full planting plans for tender and construction purposes. The site contains a number of listed building which were being refurbished, converted and extended. The landscape surrounding the buildings needed to accommodate car parking, a bin store, cycle storage, private gardens and shared amenity space. To the front and rear of the site numerous existing trees occupy land both within and outside of the site boundary. Our proposals ensured most of these were retained with their root protection zones being considered when designing the hard landscape layout. To the front of the site the tracking requirements of resident and delivery vehicles were carefully considered and incorporated into the paving layout. Client Harman Enterprise Ltd. Architect Archipek

Addiscombe Road – Residential Landscape

238 High Road, London We were appointed by this client to prepare information to discharge landscape related information for this mixed use scheme. We were then requested to provide information to enable the tender of the external works and select a suitable contractor. Our proposals needed to accommodate the requirements of the appointed ecologist so as to achieve the desired number of ECO credits within BREEAM. Careful attention to ground levels was required so as to minimise the likely damage to the trees adjacent to the plot boundary. This detail was prepared to discharge a specific planning condition. Client Branksome Developments Ltd. Architect Make Space Architects

High Road Residential Mixed Use Development

 

 

Crown Street Southwark, London We were appointed by our client to develop a planning approved scheme and to provide them with information to discharge all landscape related conditions for this mixed use development. As the site is adjacent to a railway viaduct with arches which are occupied by local business our proposals needed to provide them with vehicular access whilst giving the site the feel of a pedestrian focused space. A the heart of this development is a public open space. The space has been designed in such a way so as to be permeable to pedestrians along its north, south and east edges. The planting within this space will help to provide enclosure and has been used to create a number of spaces where residents and friends can meet. This project is due for completion in 2015. Client Parritt Leng Architect Parritt Leng

Crown Street Mixed Use Residential

Marine Plaza, Southend On Sea We were commissioned to provide landscape related information for a detailed planning application for this proposed mixed use development located to the east of London. The proposed development is located in a seafront location overlooking the promenade and sea. Fronting onto the promenade at ground and first floor levels active frontage is proposed, this most likely will be in the form of cafes and restaurants. The reset of the development, including the eight and twelve floor towers to the site frontage is to be residential apartments. The central landscape is located over the basement car park. This car park provides all the parking for this development. This central landscape, as well as providing amenity space for residents and visitors to this development, must provide service vehicle access across the site. The planting in the central part of this site is maritime in nature and is planted through a mulch reminiscent of a dune landscape. The landscape proposals for this scheme were inspired by the adjacent coastal environment. The marks left by advancing and receding tides, maritime planting and the colours and hues of materials in this location all informed decisions made about the design elements of this scheme. Client: Inner London Group Architect: Stock Woolstencroft

Marine Plaza Residential Mixed Use Development

The Oaks, Acton, London We were appointed by our client to provide landscape related information to support detailed planning submission for this proposed 144 residential units, 5,000m2 commercial space and 2,444m2 refurbished retail unit mixed use development located in west London. The site is located at the heart of Acton town centre and is intended to provide improved shopping facilities at ground level and significant housing above. It is part of the plan to continue to regenerate the area. At ground level, our proposals addressed the proposed buildings interface with the existing urban context. The needs of deliveries, commercial unit access and pedestrian access have all been considered within our design. The banding within the ground floor paving pattern responds to the elevational treatment of the building, providing a suitable context in which the building is to be located. In addition we have proposed new connection routes from the proposed development into an existing adjacent park. The intention of this additional proposal is to bring this existing under used park into common use and to create a safer, self policing environment. Our second and third floor proposals responds to the needs of the adjacent proposed residential units. Enclosed private patios are dedicated to all adjacent residential units. Communal spaces are proposed for use of all residents. These include hard and soft landscape elements and three informal play areas split of the two levels. In locations where roof are not publicly accessible, green roofs were proposed. We were commissioned by the client to carry out a landscape appraisal of this small park, formally a burial ground. This appraisal was prepared to support a detailed planning application for an adjacent site. The details of this report informed the boundary treatment between the two plots and the locations of proposed connection into the existing park. This document help to support the argument that the connections proposed would help to enliven and reinvigorate this under used public space. Landscape Institutes Work Stage: D Client: Acton Regeneration Co. Architect: StockWool

The Oaks, Acton, London – Mixed Use Development

 

 

Gutenborg, St. Petersburg, Russia We were commissioned by the Bryden Wood Architects to provide two landscape layouts for a typical plot on this £1bn, 15,600 apartment development. Our information formed part of the architect’s bid submission to develop a chassis design in which our team was successful. Our proposals needed to consider the interface between the public and private realm, provide meaningful public open space and to specify plant material suitable for this environment. Client: SPb Renovation Architect: Bryden Wood Architects

Gutenborg, St Petersburg, Russia, Mixed Use Residential Development

Highbury Grove, Highbury, London We were appointed by our client to provide them with landscape architects information to submit to the local authority to satisfy landscape related information for this refurbished and new build residential development with one commercial unit. Levels required much attention on this project as there is a significant fall from the entrance of the site to the rear. The existing building fronting onto Highbury Grove is to be retained whilst the mews type residential development and commercial unit to its rear is to be newly built. Due to existing levels, the new build element needed to be stepped. The existing vehicular route that services the existing adjacent commercial units has been designed to function as a shared surface, providing pedestrian access to the residential and commercial unit. All pedestrian access routes to the properties were designed to be Building Control Part M compliant. Working closely with the architect building levels were set so this could be achieved. The new build houses accommodate gardens to the front and rear. The front gardens are enclosed with a small dwarf wall, hedge type planting and a single tree. These gardens are paved and function as access to each individual house and provide each with a single cycle store. Landscape Institutes Work Stage: E Client: Noble House Properties Architect: Gpad Architecture

Highbury grove, London – Shared Space Residential Landscape

Aberfeldy New Village London We were approached by the lead consultant to join them as part of a team to produce landscape related information as part of a bid for the first phase of this mixed use development in east London. Our proposals needed to address the requirements of the various spaces including public, semi-public, and semi-private realm. Part of the brief, being the first of a number of phases of this development, was to appropriately connect the main access route (running north south through the development) to the existing pedestrian thoroughfare to the south. Careful manipulation of levels was necessary to ensure all areas were accessible to all as the existing carriageway to the south is two metres higher than the FFL of the adjacent proposed buildings. The retention of a significant line of existing trees in this location was also essential. The proposals for the main carriageways through this part of the site adopted the principals of shared surfaces with similar paring material proposed for both ‘carriageway’ and ‘footway’. A public square is proposed at their intersection with the intention of occasional community events and markets. Architect Stock Woolstencroft

Aberfeldy Residential Home Zone Development

 

 

Ravenscourt House Hammersmith We were commissioned to provide landscape related information for a detailed planning application for this proposed student accommodation development located in west London. The proposed built form is comprised of three blocks that are orientated approximately north south. The central and east blocks are joined at ground floor level creating the main pedestrian entrance to the development. This arrangement of built form creates three courtyard spaces. The south and west courtyards are located at lower ground floor level whilst the north courtyard is at ground floor. The three spaces have been designed to be visually pleasing when viewed from above whilst providing the necessary access routes through the scheme. The two lower ground floor courtyards have been designed as spaces for the students to inhabit and relax. Seating has been proposed and a variety of spaces have been created with proposed planting and small trees. The north courtyard connects the entrance to the proposed development with the main road. This has been kept visually free of clutter to enable clear navigation to the main entrance. This space also allows for two disabled parking spaces, cycle storage and access to the plant and bin store rooms. Client Abanar LLP Architect Fraser Brown MacKenna

East Village Marketing Suite Commercial Development

Liverpool Grove London We offered our services to the Walworth Society to analyse whether Liverpool Grove would be a suitable road to adopt the principals of shared space. Having considered it was we then proceeded to develop a proposal to this end. At the end of the street a Grade 1 listed church is located. As the street has a wide building to building frontage the introduction of trees was possible whilst retaining the attractive vista of the church. Due to the street not being a through route to motor vehicles we concluded it to be suitable for a shared space due to the very low volumes of slow moving traffic. The rearrangement of the exiting parking layout, the introduction of trees and street furniture and the laying of a new paved surface from building frontage to building frontage could all combine to transform this space from a residential road to linear square. Our proposals were then used for presentations to the relevant interested parties of this space and were used to generate further discussion. Client Walworth Society

Liverpool Grove Shared Space Study

Salter Street London We were commissioned to provide landscape related information for a detailed planning application for this proposed commercial and residential development located in east London. The proposed built form is located tight up against the plot boundary on all sides apart from the elevation facing the DLR. A small courtyard space is proposed in this location due to constraints imposed by the DLR. It is proposed that this space is simply paved with coloured bands of brick pavers reflecting the banding found in the elevation of the building. The south part of this space is located under the overhang of the DLR platform above. In this location a galvanised arched trellis is proposed which mimics the arches found on the structure of the viaduct. This trellis is proposed to be planted with shade tolerate planting and is to be up lit at night. It is envisaged that this space will occasionally be used by the occupants of the commercial unit and it is intended that it will look attractive when not in use at night. Generally the strategy adopted for the drainage of this site is SUDS. Permeable block pavers are proposed and excessive rain will be accommodated in the planted areas. We were approached by our client to identify and assess the quality of open spaces surrounding the location of a proposed mixed use, residential development. This information was then used by the design team to inform if there was need for, and if so what type of, open space was required in the vicinity of this proposed development. It was also used a supporting document in the planning submission for this site. Client Noble House Properties Architect Stock Woolstencroft

Salter Street Residential Mixed Use Development

 

 

Stanley School, Teddington We were commissioned by the client to provide detailed information to submit to the local planning authority to satisfy landscape conditions. Due to the significant number of existing trees on site the planners were very interested in the construction details within the root protection zones of existing trees to be retained. The site is an existing school where a number of structures are being demolished, a number of classroom blocks are being built and the external spaces are rationalised and in certain locations resurfaced. Within the canopies of the existing trees, where possible, we proposed no dig construction. Where wooden decks were proposed we adopted principals which minimised the likely impact on the roots of the existing trees. We adopted a number of construction techniques to provide the desired surface finish whilst minimising the impact of construction on the existing trees. The football pitch was remodeled to accommodate excess fill generated by site excavations. We designed this so as to minimise the impact on existing and proposed structures and ensured that adequate circulation space was maintained, We worked closely with the architect and engineer to ensure our proposals we suitable for their specified end use. Client: Jerram Falkus Architect: Anshen and Allen Architects

Stanley School Refurbishment

Avenue Primary School London We were appointed by our client, a design and build contractor, to produce landscape related information for a detailed panning application for this east London school. Working with a design team of architects and engineers, the brief was to develop proposals for the upgrading of the existing school, with the addition of a new sports hall, an upgraded main pedestrian entrance, additional class rooms and improved landscape facilities. The process involved numerous consultation meeting with the school and a public exhibition. This helped to determine their exact requirements and further refine the brief. As the school catered for children of nursery, reception, key stage 1 and key stage 2 ages the external spaces have been zoned into three distinct play areas. These have been designed in a way to keep visual sight lines clear. The needs of parking and deliveries have been considered carefully to strike a balance between the need for on site parking and delivery turning. The needs of parents dropping off and collecting children have also been considered giving them pleasant environments in which to wait, meet and chat. There are numerous trees to the perimeter of the site. These are mostly to be retained and their root protection zones have been considered whilst designing the layout of the buildings and the landscape elements. Client Jerram Falkus Architect Fraser Brown McKenna

Avenue Primary School Refurbishment

High Street Southgate, London We were approached by the planning consultant to join them and assist in the discharge of the existing landscape planning conditions as well as complete the landscape proposals for a new planning application. Our proposals needed to address the requirement for various spaces including public, semi–public and semi private realm within a tight site with limited outdoor space. We satisfactorily addressed the streetscape with the planners requirement to find room for tree planting whilst balancing the publicly accessed commercial forecourt with parking requirements against the semi-public residents courtyard entrance which also needed to accommodate bin storage and amenity space! The rear area was carefully manipulated to accommodate cycle storage with a residents amenity garden space. Our work also included the proposals for a lighting scheme to all ground floor areas. The proposals were successful in discharging the landscape planning conditions as well as obtaining the new planning consent. Client Wilmer Property Planning Consultant Studio Aitken

High St Southgate Commercial Development

 

 

Science Village - Chesterford Research Park, Cambridgeshire We were appointed by our client to provide landscape related information to discharge landscape conditions; enable the tender of the external works package; periodically attend progress meeting and to inspect the on site works. The Science Village development is a laboratory and office space building set within the attractive setting of open parkland, an arboretum and lakes. These in conjunction with other laboratory, office and supporting buildings combine to form Chesterford Research Park. The main body of the external works within this development is comprised of vehicular circulation, parking and pedestrian circulation. The palette of materials were carefully selected to ensure the landscape setting complemented that of the built form. Contrasting materials were selected to define the vehicular running surface and the parking bays, with contrasting blocks defining the edges of the individual bays. The edge of the plot is defined in such a way so as to be sympathetic to it rural landscape setting, using mainly native hedging species and trees. The design intention was to provide valuable wildlife habitat and foraging opportunities for the fauna found within the vicinity of the park and to support our client’s BREEAM application. Planting within the plot is of a more ornamental style and is visually appropriate to its mainly hard paved setting. Client Aviva Investors Developer Churchmanor Estates Co. Plc. Architect BCR Architects

Chesterford Research Park Science Village Office Laboratory

90 Hills Road, Cambridge We were appointed as the project landscape architect for this commercial refurbishment project located close to the train station in Cambridge. We were tasked with the preparation of landscape related information to discharge planning Conditions and for the preparation of landscape architects’ information to enable the tender of the external works. Stepped access to the building frontage was required to address the difference in level between the building entrance and pavement level. We worked closely with the project architects to ensure a desirable outcome was achieved. As it was not possible to accommodate a DDA compliant ramp within the limited space to the building frontage it was necessary to incorporate a platform lift within our landscape proposals. The planting was of a simple linear design and used a mixture of evergreen shrubs and deciduous planting with attractive winter stems. The evergreen planting was of a sufficient height to provide visual screening to venting which discharged air from below the upper level, and behind the planting. Client Daejan Limited Architect BCR Architects

90 Hills Road, Cambridge Commercial Landscape Design

Aldi Store, Witham, Essex We were appointed by our client to provide them with information to satisfy landscape related reserved matters and to provide them with a full landscape package of drawn and written information to enable the tender of the external works for this new build retail store in Essex. This site already had outline planning consent for a retail development in this location. We worked closely with the architects to arrive at a scheme that satisfied the proscriptive requirements of the local planning department whilst providing the end user with a building and setting that satisfied their needs. The existing treed edge to the north west corner of the site was particularly sensitive and the planning department were very keen that this should be preserved and extended. The end users required that the site edges should provide views of the store from passing vehicles. A compromise was struck between these two apparently conflicting requirements to the satisfaction of the planners and the end user. Landscape Institutes Work Stage: D to F/G Client: Churchmanor Estates Co. Plc. Architect: BCR Architects

Aldi Store, Witham, Essex – Commercial Landscape Design

 

 

Al Wakrah Waterfront Qatar We were short listed to enter an ideas competition to provide the client with a strategic master plan for a 6km stretch of waterfront in Qatar’s second largest city 5km to the south of Doha, Al Wakrah. We approached Barr Gazatas architects to help us with providing information relating to the built form and to help with producing graphics. Our understanding of the client’s brief was to create an appropriate public realm for Al Wakrah’s water frontage. The waterfront is to be part of the first phase in the regeneration of this city in readiness for a thirty fold increase in its population over the coming decades. Our proposals were to provide facilities to attract weekend tourists and international tourists. The intention was for our proposal to seamlessly stitch into the existing urban fabric of this existing historic city. Elements contained within our proposal included the refurbished existing historic suq, the existing harbour, a marina, boat workshops, a hotel complex , an extended existing park, new shopping districts a new park and various civic buildings. We felt transport an important issue to be tackled to create a successful and pleasant pedestrian waterfront. This formed a core part of our proposal. A rapid transit system followed the linear route of the waterfront, local and intercity water busses were proposed and cycle stations were incorporated into the design. Client PEO (Qatar) Architect Barr Gazatas

Al Wakrah Waterfornt Landscape Masterplan

Star Lane Ph2, Great Wakering, Essex Our landscape architects were commissioned to provide landscape related information for an outline planning submission for this proposed 400 unit, 11ha low density residential development, located at the edge of Green Belt. The majority of the residential public realm within the site adopts the principals of Home Zone, with carriageway and footway being on the same level. This design is to encourage slower vehicular speeds and to give the pedestrian priority. With slower traffic speeds safe doorstep play becomes a real possibility. The drainage proposals for this site adopt the principals of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS). The surface water from the carriageways and footways drain into swales at the edges of strategic roads. As well as functioning as a sustainable drainage solution these swales provide a valuable ecological resource and are to be planted accordingly. As a buffer zone between the proposed residential development and the existing wildlife zone (surrounding the lakes to the south) an ecological park is proposed. This will enable residents within the vicinity of this park to have an accessible public open space and possibilities to enjoy wildlife close up. Landscape Institutes Work Stage: C Client: Inner London Group Architect: StockWool

Star Lane Ph2 Residential Home Zone Development

Hotel Neptune, Czech Republic We were approached by an hotel owner in the Czech Republic to provide them with ideas on how they could develop land within the ownership of the hotel. The land is currently only being used during the winter months as a nursery ski slope. The client did not have any ideas as to how things should develop, we therefore worked closely with them to define a clear brief. The main emphasis of the project was to build on the existing attributes of the sloping site and come up with design strategies to diversify the potential land use and visitor facilities. Optimising the use of the site across the seasons and incorporating the potential for holiday day trippers also became a key part in the strategy to maximise the potential of Hotel Neptune. It is anticipated that the master plan would be implemented over the coming years. Client Hotel Neptune

Hotel Neptune, Czech Republic, Concept Masterplan

 

 

Salter Street London We were approached by our client to identify and assess the quality of open spaces surrounding the location of a proposed mixed use, residential development. This information was then used by the design team to inform if there was need for, and if so what type of, open space was required in the vicinity of this proposed development. It was also used a supporting document in the planning submission for this site. Client Noble House Properties Architect Stock Woolstencroft

Salter Street Open Space Assessment

Star Lane Landscape Appraisal Great Wakering We were approached by our client to assess and make note of landscape elements worthy of retention on this green and brown field site. The intention was to identify mature and established landscape planting within the existing landscape to enable an informed decision to be made on what could and should be retained. The identified planting elements were then integrated into the next stage of the design process, the landscape masterplan. This process enabled our client to plan ahead and prepare the site for the next phase of development in an informed manor. Client Inner London Group Architect Stock Woolstencroft

Star Lane Landscape Appraisal

Burial Ground Acton. We were commissioned by the client to carry out a landscape appraisal of this small park, formally a burial ground. This appraisal was prepared to support a detailed planning application for an adjacent site. The details of this report informed the boundary treatment between the two plots and the locations of proposed connection into the existing park. This document help to support the argument that the connections proposed would help to enliven and reinvigorate this under used public space.

Burial Ground Acton Landscape Appraisal

 

 

We were appointed by our client to provide landscape related information for detailed planning submissions; to discharge landscape related conditions and prepare tender information for the soft landscape element of Plots K and L at Chelmsford Business park. These two plots were developed independently and treated as individual projects for the duration of our appointment. These two development plots are adjacent to an archeological site to their south, a TPO woodland to their east and a number of individual TPO trees (two on plot K and one on Plot L). Careful consideration was given to the on plot kerb and paving alignments so as to minimise the root damage caused to the on plot TPO trees. The local authorities tree officer was required to sign off our proposals prior to construction taking place. A carefully selected plant palette was chosen to give the planted scheme the best chance of survival. Plants were chosen that were less palatable to rabbits as there was a significant presence on site. In addition it was required that they provide all year round visual interest. Finally, we were required to work closely with the appointed ecologist to enable our client to achieve the desired BREEAM outcome. BREEAM dictated that our plant specification had a significant portion of native species and a number of bird and bat boxes needed to be accommodated within our final proposals.

Chelmsford Business Park

We were appointed as landscape architects by a design & build contractor client and tasked with providing information to submit to the Local Authority to satisfy landscape related planning Conditions. The plot contained an existing building which had consent to be demolished and 6 flats to be built in its place. The topography of the site is steeply sloping from the back of the plot to the road frontage. It is bound on three sides by existing housing and has a number of existing trees on the boundary (all of which were to be retained). Parking for the flats was accommodated within a dedicated open space to the building frontage and a communal garden space was located to the rear. Our proposals terraced the rear garden to maximise the usable communal space and to optimise the amount of light entering the building at the lower level to the rear. Strained wires with climbers were proposed on the retaining walls facing the communal spaces. This maximised the scope for ornamental planting to the boundary whilst minimising the loss of usable amenity space. The soil levels within the root protection areas of the trees to be retained remained unchanged and our proposed layout was carefully considered so as to achieve this.

Plough Lane, Croydon, London

We were appointed by our client to provide landscape architect’s information to discharge planning conditions for this refurbished development located in Mill Hill Conservation Area. Information provided to the Local Authority included drawings describing the spacial arrangement of the site, levels, boundary treatments, car parking arrangements, paving and plant material selection. In addition a management and maintenance plan was required. The two existing building had been converted over the years so as to function as a single building with a shared landscape. Our client’s intention was to separate the two building so they could function once again as two distinct properties. As a consequence the landscape associated with these buildings also needed to be apportioned to each individual property. Within the ownership boundary of the site a significant number of existing mature trees are located. These needed to accommodated within our final landscape proposals. The arrangement of the exiting buildings formed two distinct courtyard spaces, one for each building. These were designed so as to accommodate the necessary parking for each building. In addition the courtyard spaces needed to accommodated the access requirements of service vehicles and deliveries.

Holcomb House, Mill Hill, London

 

 

We were appointed by our client as landscape architects for this public realm site adjacent to a proposed shopping centre in central Huntingdon. Our scope of works was to prepare information to discharge landscape related Conditions. The area which required the focus of our input was a pedestrian link which connects a proposed vehicular route to the pedestrian shopping district of this historic town. The route is flanked on one side by an existing building and the other a new build wall which is to screen the proposed vehicular delivery bay for the proposed shopping centre. We were tasked with specifying plant material which would be robust enough for this public location, would provide all year round interest and would help to reduce the visual mass of this screening wall.

Chequers Court, Huntingdon – Public Realm

We were appointed by our developer client to provide them with information to enable the tender of the external works to this residential development with retail facing the Mile End Road. Our scope was the production of a general arrangement drawing, a planting plan with schedules, technical sections and a full NBS specification. Co-ordination with other members of the design team and the existing on site conditions was an essential requirement. Our input into this project was limited to two areas; the central courtyard space and two private patios to the rear of the development. As this was an infill site the development was bound on three sides by party walls. The central space accommodated a communal courtyard through which all residents of the development must pass and a private patio for the ground floor residential unit facing this space. Within the communal space two raised planted are located, these provide attractive planting directly above the locations of the two surface water attenuation tanks. The planting was carefully selected so as to survive in this enclosed environment and a mixture of evergreen and deciduous planting was chosen so as to provide all year round interest.

Mile End Road, Tower Hamlets, London

We were appointed by our housing association client to provide them with supporting landscape architect’s information to enable the submission of a detailed planning submission for this residential development on this brownfield site in east London. The landscape design for this project was focused on three main areas; a private courtyard space at the heart of the scheme; a north/ south semi public space; and a connecting public path to the south plot boundary. The courtyard has been designed to allow the flow of residents through this space as well as an area in which to stop and relax. A number of private gardens, a play area and an area of lawn have all been accommodated within this courtyard space. As well as providing a pedestrian route through this proposed development, the north/ south space provides pedestrian entrances to the residential units fronting onto this zone of public realm. Street furniture has been incorporated into our landscape proposals to enable this area to be a space in which residents can relax and enjoy. The brief for the south public footpath was to provide some defensible space between the ground floor units and members of the public. This was achieved by proposing a simple buffer strip of thorny planting. Client Swan Housing Architect StockWool

Watts Grove, Tower Hamlets, London

 

 

We were appointed by a client’s agent to provide them with landscape architect’s information to support a detailed planning submission for this commercial coffee outlet at the edge of a retail park on the north edge of Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. The landscape design for this project dealt with the pedestrian entrance to the building, an outdoor seating area for customers and the outlet’s parking requirements for a number of disabled users. Within the plot boundary, to its western edge, six small to medium sized TPO trees are located. Our landscape proposals needed to consider these within our final landscape layout. Our proposals needed to minimise the detrimental impact of development on their roots. The Local Authority Tree Officer was very interested in our landscape layout, particularly the locations of proposed trees and the detail of their installation. Due to the narrow zone in which the proposed trees were to be planted it was necessary to specify a plastic load bearing cell structure (backfilled with topsoil) beneath areas of hard paving. This detail ensured the roots of trees planted in these locations would thrive. After much negotiation the Tree Officer accepted our proposals and our details were approved.

Costa Coffee, Huntingdon Landscape

We were appointed by a developer client to provide information to satisfy landscape related conditions for this refurbished building. Our landscape architects were then tasked to produce full tender and construction packages of information to enable the external works to be built. Finally, we were appointed to monitor the on site external works. The entire landscape zone surrounding this existing building needed to be completely reconfigured so as to accommodate necessary off road parking, private gardens, shared amenity space, an under 5’s children’s play ground, a footpath network and storage for cycles and bins. Within the landscape zone a number of existing trees needed to be retained. The detailing of these trees at ground level was carefully considered by our landscape architects so as to minimise the detrimental impact of ground works and general building on their health. Our landscape design retained the existing boundary wall and gates to Crescent Lane in their original position. For everyday use, separate gates open for pedestrian and car access. However, when refuse vehicle or fire tender access is required both gates will open. The pedestrian surface (which is flush with the carriageway) then functions as a vehicle over run. Careful consideration was given to the north west corner of the site as these two private gardens are at lower ground floor level. It was critical that adequate light could enter these spaces and their respective dwellings.

MHT Crescent Lane, Clapham Landscape

We were appointed by a developer client to provide landscape architect’s information to support a detailed Planning application for this proposed residential development in north London. This development plot was a former car parking area located within the New River Conservation Area. It is bound on all sides by existing party walls. Access to the site is restricted to a single route off Chadwell Street and it was anticipated that the final proposal would not accommodate any on site vehicles. Surrounding the site are a number of existing trees. The site wide masterplan needed to consider the location of these trees within its design. In addition the detailing at ground level was carefully considered so as to minimise the potential detrimental impact of ground works on their health. Our landscape design needed to consider the pedestrian circulation route through the site. As the site is relatively compact, overlooking needed to be carefully considered. Our landscape architects introduced as much planting as possible to provide a sense of privacy. Finally, as a significant proportion of the residential development is to be located below ground level we needed to carefully consider the lower ground floor spaces. We needed to introduce planting at the upper level to provide privacy whilst allowing in as much natural daylight to the lower ground floor level as possible.

Chadwell Street, Islington Landscape Design

 

 

We were appointed by a developer client to reconfigure a consented scheme in order that it may be resubmitted to the local authority for approval. We were then tasked to prepare landscape architects information to satisfy Conditions, produce full tender and construction packages of information to enable the external works to be built and finally to monitor the on site works. This new build residential scheme is located on a brown field site of a former factory. There were no existing trees on site and the plot was considered to be of low ecological value by our ecological consultant. Contamination, surface water drainage, existing levels and the interface at the plot boundary all needed to be considered as part of the design process. The access and circulation of fire tender, refuse and delivery vehicles were accommodated within our carriageway design. Part of the car parking for the site is located under the north residential block and carriageway. In this location the entire landscape design is located over a podium deck and has been detailed accordingly. The site has been designed as a 'Home Zone' with shared surfaces throughout. Where possible all ground floor units were given private gardens with a patio and some planting. A dedicated under 5’s play area has been incorporated into the public realm landscape and a linear park has been located to the rear of the development. Client Galliard Homes Architect Fleming Maguire Architects

Silver Works, Collindale, London

2 Responses to “Davis’ Projects”

  1. Maia Meyer 02/02/2012 at 22:41 #

    Congratulations!!!!
    I am from Argentina and I have a bachelor degree in Planning and Landscape Design and I am very interested on your work!!!!

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