FHA worked with PTE to integrate the site’s mature woodland setting with the new building to ensure there was a strong, fluid connection, both physically and visually with the external environment.
The design draws the landscape up to the building with sociable, intimate and attractive courtyard spaces at ground floor, which are appealing and flexible to use by staff, residents and visitors. They are designed to a domestic ‘garden’ scale, so they feel enclosed and intimate.
Residents may not be able to go into the landscape so the design seeks to bring the landscape to them by maximising natural light, and introducing a planting scheme that offers colour, scent and seasonality throughout the year.
Signed, informative and safe routes promote exercise & ‘fresh air’ with covered seating areas and ‘destinations’ with sound and sculpture that offer visual & aural stimulation and points to visit within the landscape and when viewed from the building.
The site features many existing mature trees and FHA built a sensitive and compelling case for future tree management to ensure there is succession, continuity, and appropriate tree selection.