Lucy Developments Ltd – St Paul’s House, Walton Street, Oxford – Design of Podium Landscape
Design of Podium Landscape as part of the renovation of St. Pauls House for residential use
Lockhart Garratt were instructed by Lucy Developments Ltd to prepare RIBA Stage 3 design concepts for the proposed podium landscape/roof garden at St. Pauls House, Oxford.
The site, which was formerly part of the Jericho Health Centre is to be redeveloped for residential use, with the design making alterations to the external façade and to create a contemporary but sympathetic addition to the Walton Road streetscene, and one which complements the character of the Conservation Area.
Our team developed a series of initial concept sketches and drawings exploring design options to create an attractive and appropriate series of communal and semi-private outdoor spaces.
A key concern of the Local Planning Authority was the need to enhance biodiversity on site and with this in mind our team developed the design concept to ensure that a focus on improving the biodiversity, including a diverse range of tree, shrub, hedgerow and climbing species, with a focus on planting for pollinators.
The result was a contemporary and high quality landscape, making use of bold architectural lines and hard landscape features juxtaposed against a palette of softer shrub planting that creates texture and movement. The use of multi-stemmed tree stock was also proposed to provide height and shade and the use of natural stone boulders within paved and planted areas was also promoted to add visual interest and to break up the more designed, hard landscape elements.
The scheme has received a positive response from the Local Authority and Key Stakeholders and we hope to continue developing the scheme throughout the detailed design stages through to completion.