Award-winning exterior spaces at Hampstead Manor
The residential development in Hampstead Manor transformed existing student halls of the northern part of King’s College into 156 high-end apartments. The site consists of 13 buildings, five of which are listed.
The exterior works had to be carefully considered and planned, with car and cycle parking offered. Logistics were a particular challenge due to some parts of the site being very restricted, and we had to be careful not to damage work that had been completed in previous phases.
We used cranes to transport products and plants into the restricted areas, and to avoid unwanted damage we carefully phased our project. This meant our specialist landscaping team had to think outside the box, using a variety of protection measures and a vast array of products to achieve the hard and soft landscaping elements to the high standards required. We installed Scoutmoor Yorkstone and Hardscapes Fagley Buff paving, and Limestone raised edge for the main lawn areas, as well as metal edging to the resin-bound footpaths. Kent Stainless Steel provided the linear slot drain used throughout the site.
The soft landscaping includes a beautiful wildflower turf, creating a floral display which is also functional – it provides a much-needed pollen source for bees and other insects. We used our trusted suppliers to install trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses, as well as unobtrusive artificial green walls disguising the Thames Water reservoir at the rear of the site. Our team also designed and installed a water feature by the wildflower meadow to further develop the ecology of the site.
The scheme was one of the winners at that years’ What House? Awards. The judges celebrated the extensive gardens as ‘carefully and imaginatively landscaped to integrate and enhance’ the development while giving it a ‘strong and welcoming collegiate feel’. They maintained that the quality is ‘impressive, both in design and execution, enhancing rather than devaluing the whole scheme’.