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Grange Road, Walthamstow, Waltham Forest, London

Our developer client appointed us as landscape architects on this proposed residential development project located in East London. Our brief was to develop a sketch landscape design to the satisfaction of the client and design team. Once agreed we proceeded with the production of landscape architect ‘s information to support a detailed Planning application. Our package of information included plan information and landscape architect ‘s design statement which included plans, sections, precedent images and explanatory text.

Our landscape design proposed that the public realm to this development should be classified as a ‘Home Zone’ type space and that it should adopt the principals of a shared surface. The principal of shared space encourages pedestrians and vehicles to share the same surface. As there are no formal carriageways and footways, 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, with the slow traffic speeds enabling this to happen. Planting adjacent to the building edge provide some defensible space for the inhabitants of the ground floor units. These jut out into the carriageway, providing obstacles for drivers, once again encouraging drivers of vehicles to slow down.

Generally the strategy adopted for the drainage of this site adopts Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) 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 root protection areas of the existing trees to the north boundary our landscape architects developed no dig construction details and permeable block pavers were proposed. This will help to ensure the survival of these retained trees.

Landscape Institutes Work Stages: C to D

Client: L&Q Group

Architect: StockWool