Lingard Farrow Styles are Landscape Architects for a new-build, £12.5m Special Educational Needs (SEN) school for Gwynedd County Council.
Special feature include a Solardome for horticultural therapy, trim trail, playgrounds, woodland nature walkway and an amphitheatre. The school also incorporates green roofs, a respite facility for visiting parents and guardians all bounded by an ancient oak woodland.
Design challenges included a steeply sloping site which needed to be made accessible, although this allowed the scheme to benefit from panoramic views to the mountains of Snowdonia National Park. A comprehensive planting plan was provided for the site.
The scheme was subject to a review by the Design Commission of Wales which commended the design for its excellence. The project received a BREEAM rating of Excellent
An environmental improvement project with a budget of £300,000 and involving a complete refurbishment of the grounds of Kingston Grammar School within the town centre. The brief required a high standard of design and quality of finish to improve staff, visitor and pupil amenities. The buildings are Grade II Listed and the scheme was subjected to close scrutiny by the local planning authority.
Lingard Styles were engaged as lead consultants to design, submit for planning and project manage the landscape scheme up to practical completion. The project involved extensive planning and listed building consideration together with highway approvals.
The pre-construction programme included substantial design team meetings with the teaching and executive staff of the school. Project construction was carried out on time within the seven week school summer holiday period.