hadlow college and university of greenwich at maritime campus

July 28, 2011

A year on and another group of talented students finish their final year of study on the 2 degree programmes – Landscape Architecture and Garden Design – run by Hadlow College and the University of Greenwich. These students have either studied full time on the 3 year programme or studied part time taking 4 years. They have their own public show at Hadlow College (see last year’s post here)  and a few (featured here) are invited to hang their work with students from the Diploma and Masters in Landscape Architecture and Garden History. The venue is the Queen Anne Court of the Maritime Greenwich Campus.

This year 2 sites were offered for the project work covering group and personal research (Place and Culture), master planning, detailed area and technical detailing.  The choice was between Jubilee Gardens (below), on the South Bank, and town park in Tunbridge Wells.

Jubilee Gardens suffers from the usual constraints of a city ‘void’  – pollution, wind, lack of  character, impingements of large surrounding buildings and facilities plus the impact of shade and microclimatic problems – and on the positive side, an opportunity to create a breathing space for many different users. Elena Ilieva’s concept for the master plan of this site . . .

. . and her plan at 1:200 showing amphitheatre event space, water course and main and secondary path network. And a section through the site showing structural and decorative tree planting.

Also Elena’s sketch view of one of her 1: 50 areas.

The other site on offer for the final design project was the steeply sloping park, Calverly Grounds, in Tunbridge Wells. Originally designed by Decimus Burton in 1830’s and now suffering from a lack of identity with little useful upkeep (focused on mow and blow) and gradual removal of significant elements both practical and aesthetic – the bandstand has long gone. The sterility of these images is a clear representation of the park as seen – there is a festival and other entertainments during the summer but little happens, due in part to poor  facilities, during the rest of the year.

Grant Beerling’s master plan at 1: 1000 showing his proposal for the plan and relationship to connecting elements. This kick satrted his ‘big idea’ and the title of his project  ‘Park Life’.

And a detail at 1: 200 showing water courses, paths through planting on shady bank and through colourful sunny aspect borders. The scheme at night with functional and decorative lighting.

Grant’s visuals to support his plans.

Adele Ford titled her proposal ‘The Source’. Evocative of the historic aquifers, a necessity for new town development in earlier centuries. The main terrace at the centre of her scheme at 1: 50 scale and section through clearly showing changes in level.

And a couple of 3 D views from Adele’s work showing the spatial character and how well selected tree species can bring personality and individuality to parts of the park.

Model at 1:200 scale by Alick Nee for his scheme for Calverly titled ‘A Rivus runs Through’ plus the ground plan at the the same scale.

The playful feel and the romantic option in a couple of sketches. . . .

. . . and a technically competent planting plan at 1:50 scale. Hurrah!

Susan Willmott overlaid the curving water course with a strong desire line in the form of a bridge and connecting terraces at the heart of the site and shown in the 1: 200 plan  . . .

. . the area under the bridge is a small water garden for the restaurant – a sense of privacy but also exploration –  1:50 plan.

. . and two visuals to convey use and also identity of her scheme for the site.

The work from the degree students stacked up very well to the work from those at higher levels of study. Congratulations all of you!

In life’s exigencies men have been known
To pass themselves, and to attain to more
Than hope; as if in combat with the gods
The god in them secured supremacy. Robert Crawford   Achievement


2 Responses to “hadlow college and university of greenwich at maritime campus”

  1. Cloudier Says:

    Wow, these are really fascinating to the untrained eye. So much skill involved, aside from imagination. The satisfaction they must feel once they finish! Bravo!

  2. julia fogg Says:

    Huge relief is the message! but satisfaction as well.

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