This project was part of a £1.4m investment to create two iconic destination play sites at Harwoods and Harebreaks . The brief for both sites was directed by Watford Borough Council who recognised each site, was very different in character and offered unique opportunities for adventurers.
We are proud to have been associated with Southern Green Ltd Landscape Architects on the redevelopment of our two adventurous playgrounds. We set them a challenge to deliver us 2 play facilities with a WOW factor and without a doubt, they have delivered. The feedback from customers has and continues to be excellent. A milestone project... expertly delivered by yourselves’.
Alan Gough (Head of Community & Environmental Services, Watford Borough Council)
One of Southern Green's most interesting projects, 'Kynren' - an epic tale of England is the UK's only permanent open-air live show of its kind.
The show has a cast of more than 1000 local volunteers including our very own Sharon Lumb (associate at SG Ltd), who can be seen in one of the photos above ploughing with heavy horse in hand…Sharon was heavily involved with the creation of the show site and has personally planted many of the 3,000 trees across the site, with many more to come! In the first year more than 100,000 people visited Kynren to experience 2,000 years of British history, myth and legend set on a vast landscaped stage.
The fast-paced production is a spectacle of amazing special effects, water geysers, video projections, fireworks and a compelling sound-track. For more information about our involvement click here.
Southern Green is thrilled to have helped achieve £7.8m of Parks for People HLF funding in the last round of HLF announcements on 17 July 2017. Southern Green was Lead Consultant on two HLF Round 2 projects – The Canons, Mitcham for London Borough of Merton (£4.7m) and Pearson Park for Hull City Council (3.1m).
The Canons is an extraordinary site consisting of a great variety of important landscape and built features reflecting over 500 years. The site includes the remains of a moated medieval farmstead associated with the Southwark Priory, a 16th century dovecote, two Georgian mansions and remains of their gardens, as well as the site of the News of the World Sports Ground whilst today it includes a busy Leisure Centre at its heart. Southern Green prepared a coordinated design for the site that restores key historic features, enhances their settings whilst allowing for the inclusion of new facilities - cafe, toilets, play area and new square.
Pearson Park, established in 1860 by former Hull mayor and philanthropist Zachariah Charles Pearson, was one of the very first public parks in the country, following Birkenhead Park (1847) and People’s Park Halifax (1857). The registered park includes 7 listed buildings, some fine specimen trees and retains the character of the original layout designed by James Craig Niven, a botanist and curator at Kew Gardens. The main objective of the proposals was to restore the historic layout and features and also to reinstate key lost features such as the bandstand and bridge over the pond.
Witton Gilbert Parish Council identified the requirement to create a village square through the development of their Parish Plan. The vision was to create a space in which people could meet informally and small events could be held adjacent to the busy village store. Southern Green Ltd were appointed to develop proposals from inception with the community and manage the works on site.
A large Neolithic Bronze Age cyst grave (cup-and-ring-marked block of sandstone) was unearthed Fulforth Farm in 1995 and this provided the inspiration the carved central stone floor piece. The paved area is defined by a low wall providing seating. Early inhabitants, agriculture and industries have influenced the design of the motifs on the sandstone blocks. Lush planting provides an attractive garden setting for the central paved area and bespoke seating, lighting and village notice board have been installed. In addition the project included laying new paths, tree works, planting and ecological enhancements.
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Harwoods Adventurous Play Site - Now open!
This expansive playscape aims to push the boundaries of inclusive play design. The site will provide a wide range of risk and challenge. The site aims to encourage social interaction and will allow endless opportunities for less able and fully able children to challenge themselves as they play alongside each other. A unique set of play environments inspired by native woodland types define the character of each play zone. The contrasting play spaces aim to provide stimulating opportunities for informal and imaginative play as well as provide opportunities for play progression and increase repeat visits to the site. The site will provide many other exciting opportunities for inclusive play including access to the main tower unit via a fully accessible wobbly bridge. For more information and to see more photos click here
‘We are proud to have been associated with Southern Green Ltd Landscape Architects on the redevelopment of our two adventurous playgrounds. We set them a challenge to deliver us 2 play facilities with a WOW factor and without a doubt, they have delivered. The feedback from customers has and continues to be excellent. A milestone project in where play should be and expertly delivered by yourselves’
Alan Gough (Head of Community & Environmental Services, Watford Borough Council)
Harebreaks Adventurous Play Site (Now open)
Southern Green were recently appointed as lead consultant to design and manage the implementation of two iconic destination play sites in Hertfordshire. The Harebreaks site is located on the fringe of Semi Ancient Woodland and is a registered nature reserve. The large play unit is nestled beneath the canopy of mature Oak trees which inspired the design. The play tower is 22 metres in length and totals 12 metres in height. Adventurers can ascend the unit by a climbing walls, bridges or via scramble nets. A netted area provides opportunities for quieter play, resting and relaxation. For more information including a time lapse video of the unit being built click here
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Southern Green is delighted to have been appointed by South Tyneside Council to lead the HLF funded restoration of North Marine Park.
North Marine Park was laid out at the same time as its twin South Marine Park in the 1880’s to provide a formal recreational area for local people. The park has spectacular views over the mouth of the Tyne and is located a short distance from the seafront at South Shields as well as Arbeia Roman Fort. . Key proposals include the reinstatement of the grand steps and terrace, restoration of the grotto, the Pier Parade Boundary as well as enhancement works to the Lawe Top Promenade, development of a new play area, refurbishment of park buildings, new street furniture, interpretation and extensive soft landscaping works.
Southern Green will be developing design proposals and supporting documents for submission to HLF by the end of August 2017 and then, if successful, will oversee the restoration work which is planned to start in the summer of 2018.
Southern Green recently delivered the £3m restoration of Durham's Wharton Park on behalf of Durham County Council. The project received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its Parks for People programme,
Judges felt the restoration had transformed the park into an attractive leisure facility for the 21st century while respecting its historic character. They said the vision, design, quality and execution of the work elevated it to outstanding.
As well as winning the 'built environment' and 'places and spaces' categories, the scheme was also given the 'outstanding' award which judges can give to an exemplary entry which far exceeds the category criteria.
Southern Green is delighted to have been closely involved with Kynren from the outset including preparation of a Landscape, Visual and Heritage Assessment through to detailed design and close supervision on site.
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Kynren is going to be the UK’s most spectacular open-air live action night show since the opening of the London 2012 Olympics opens in County Durham this summer. It is listed by Rough Guides as one of the world’s top 10 must-see tourist attractions to experience in 2016.
‘Kynren – an epic tale of England’ is an exciting family show, taking you on a spellbinding journey through British history. Taking place on a landscaped open airstage (equivalent to five football pitches with a full-size lake at its centre) against the backdrop of Auckland Castle, you will be immersed in 2,000 years of history, with a movie-like, fast-paced and action-packed journey from Roman times to the Second World War, through the Viking invasions, the splendour of the Tudors, the Industrial Revolution and the Roaring Twenties. As the story unfolds you’ll be treated to ships and a steam train, mass choreography, combat, dance, dazzling pyrotechnics and grandiose lighting and water effects.
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12,000 people attended the celebration weekend at the end of May at the reopening of Durham's premier public park, Wharton Park, following the £3.0m HLF restoration project. This marks the end of a decade of work by Southern Green who was originally commissioned in 2006 by Durham City Council! Subsequently commissioned by the County Council, we prepared the Second Round bid and over the last year have been responsible for delivering the project on site.
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Southern Green are delighted to have been commissioned by Merton Council as lead consultant responsible for preparing the Conservation Plan and the Second Round HLF bid which is due for submission in December. The many challenges include improving entrances and access through the site as well as restoring the historic features and using them to unify the site and reinforce its special qualities.
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Southern Green is delighted to have been commissioned alongside Mawson Kerr Architects and Artis (Project Manager) in a scheme to reinvigorate the Bigg Market in Newcastle.
Based on concept designs the team was selected by NE1 from a competitive field of national and international teams to lead this Townscape Heritage bid to help secure funding for the transformation of the area.Southern Green will be focused on providing designs to refresh the market square so that it meets the needs of contemporary Newcastle while respecting its historical significance.
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We are delighted that the first phase of the Stephenson Quarter is now complete.
'how...amazing the landscaping looks....it is so stunning. Thank you.....for all your passion, determination, drive and enthusiasm. It's the area that makes me say WOW all the time. Well done brilliant people on a shoe-string'
Michelle Percy, Managing Director, Stephenson Hotel Ltd
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Bespoke hardwood street furniture including pergolas, three seats and bins combined with stone flagging and golden coloured resin bound surfacing combine to provide a high quality space for peace and quiet reflection. Poetry panels have been incorporated, stimulating thoughts and offering comfort to visitors. The verses were composed by County Durham poet Christopher Short. To read each of the verses and for further information about the project click here
The garden will be officially opened and blessed in October.
The opening was attended by the Heritage Lottery Fund, past and present members of Newcastle City Council involved in the project, the Exhibition and Brandling Parks Community Trust and it was great to catch up with members with whom Southern Green worked very closely in the initial stages of the project some 7 years ago.
After the ceremony, visitors sampled the delights of the refurbished Café in the Park, whilst the Race for Life ‘Pretty Muddy’ runners completed their fund raising runs and enjoyed the park’s facilities. Although not on the scale of past exhibitions in the park 1897 and 1929, the latter attracting over 4.0m people, the park was buzzing!
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Southern Green is delighted to have assisted the Eleven Arches project through the planning process. The company has now been appointed to produce detailed proposals for the site.
The ambitious development proposal is for a night show spectacular which will use a cast of hundreds of local volunteers to tell a story rooted in local and English history. The inspiration for Eleven Arches comes from the Puy du Fou park in western France, which over the course of 37 years has grown from a volunteer-led night show to become an international attraction.
The Eleven Arches site will host around 30 performances in summer time, each for between 6000 and 8000 people. The physical proposals include a grandstand, stage, scenery, lighting, a ticket office, small hospitality outlets and large on-site parking areas. The show includes the use of water and special effects, and anticipates to involve 600 volunteers from the community and to develop skills training for young people, ultimately boosting tourism and the local economy.
Southern Green is delighted to have helped its local council, Gateshead, and the Friends of Chase Park secure a grant of just under £1million (£922,900) from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund, to restore Chase Park in Whickham. This means that to date Southern Green has helped local communities secure over £27.0m worth of HLF funding. On hearing the news of the successful bid, Alan Scott, Chair of the Friends of Chase Park commented - Many thanks Simon (Green), this is fantastic news. Can I as chair pass on my sincere thanks to you and all of your team, for all of your hard work, dedication to the cause and more importantly the information, advice and guidance you all have given on both parts of the bid. I personally look forward to working with you in the future.
The Chase Park project is likely to set the tone for future park projects in that it is founded on localism, the project being instigated by the Friends Group. Localism combined with the public service commitments of Gateshead Council form the basis of a formal partnership agreement between The Friends of Chase Park and Gateshead Council which sets out the future management and delivery of sustainable activities for the park.
Works are proposed to start in January 2016 and complete in the summer of 2016.
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