Timberscombe House is a large private residence where we were commissioned to create new garden spaces integratiing formal structures to informal lake setting. The scheme incorporates a strong hard landscape structure with soft and complex palette of plants.
Large private garden
The Coach House Garden was a commission for a private garden design from a client who had travelled in the East and wanted a garden design strongly influenced by Japanese design theories. This very interesting design exercise involved much research and refinement to produce a design that was as authentic a possible, met the use requirements of the client and was within budget.
A large part of our workload is concerned with preparing landscape and visual impact assessments for Solar Farm schemes. We have prepared reports and won planning approval for many such schemes and have completed projects across the UK from Cornwall and the south west through to Lincolnshire and East Anglia. We have specific software to perform tasks such as Zone of Theoretical Visibility plans and accurate photomontages.
We can support developers across a wide range of sectors to provide the landscape and visual assessment documents that are often required for development projects such as residential, commercial, rural diversification and leisure developments. This can range from site constraints and opportunities plans, vegetation surveys, landscape appraisal reports, landscape and visual assessment reports etc all of which can help developments better respond to the requirements of the Local Authority and help achieve planning approval.
We work alongside and environmental management company called Aardvark Environmental to produce a comprehensive service for the preparation of planning applications for wind energy schemes and have completed a number of projects across the south west. Aardvark manage elements such as surveys for ecology, archaeology, noise and deal with the planning issues, while Swan Paul provide specialist landscape and visual inputs such as impact analysis, mitigation plans, vegetation surveys, expert witness at planning appeals and landscape and visual amenity reports. Lawhitton turbine is in Cornwall and is currently going through the planning process.
Together with Friends of Collett Park Social group and the Shepton Mallet Town Council we came up with a Vision for Collett Park that provides for the current need of the park users, but also captures the imagination and seasonality of the park. These proposals have been put together as a package of proposals with funding options to allow the Town Council to make funding bids going forwards.
This was a combination of flood alleviation scheme and public open space creation where we worked with the engineers to produce a masterplan and implementation of a project to create a public park and footpath connectivity network across a large area of flood meadows to the north of Taunton. Features had to withstand winter inundation with water and include a willow cathedral, planting areas, play and many new access routes to this attractive new recreational resource.
This was a former area of derelict and overgrown space for which Taunton Deane Borough Council commissioned Swan Paul to re-furbish and re-design. The design includes improved access and circulation to the River Tone, seating areas, new lighting and a new café and sitting out space converted from a former toilet block. The project budget was in the region of £120,000
Working with the architects and developer on this newbuild scheme we provided design services for the external spaces, gardens and variety of open spaces to cater for a range of community needs. a public open space along Durleigh Brook is a flexible and seasonal landscape providing opportunities for leisure activities as well as recognising the need to accommodate sustainable urban drainage feature.
Working closely with the wider Design Team to overcome the site constraints and turn them into opportunities on this newbuild scheme we provided design services for external spaces, gardens, a central open space with play features and bespoke design solutions. The public open space area within the centre of the site is the main focal point of the scheme with the landscaped links to adjoining sites. The existing trees, hedgerows and landscaped areas throughout the site are maintained and provide visual breaks to the development.