Fulwood Park, Preston

A project completed in two parts, beginning with the preparation of a development brief for the Fulwood Park site, a new residential parcel in Fulwood, Preston. The brief was coordinated by Homes and Communities Agency (formerly English Partnerships) and involved specialist input from other consultants on highways, ecology and planning issues.

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Integral to the masterplan was the retention of green space, to respect the existing landscape character and site features and create public open space. The brief also stipulated the use of best practice and highest design quality in landscape and urban design, to achieve an attractive, sustainable, well integrated scheme with a clear sense of place.

Following completion of the land transfer, the next phase was to complete the detailed design and implementation of the new green space network on behalf of the appointed residential developer. Each open space was created in response to existing landscape features, including established ponds, trees and hedgerows and the wooded backdrop to the site. The layout of the primary open space was focussed around two existing water bodies and a group of mature trees. A triangular space bounded by hedgerows was transformed into a sensory garden, irrigated by a new water channel taking roof water from surrounding houses. A Jurassic themed play area complete with dinosaurs takes centre stage against a naturalistic woodland edge backdrop.

A striking gateway to the completed residential site, Fulwood Park, features a pair of sculptures entitled ‘Brothers in Arms’ carved from local sandstone. These were commissioned by a local artist and make reference to the English Civil War battle between the Roundheads and Cavaliers that was fought near the site.

Client: English Partnerships and Morris Homes

Project completed at TEP