Sympathetic architecture within the natural environment
Diocesan School for Girls was in the early stages of planning for their new Centennial Building in 2000 – a curved, four storey building, housing a range of new facilities and 50 teaching spaces. The building was designed to sit amongst numerous protected trees including two scheduled Norfolk Island Pines.
Boffa Miskell was commissioned as part of a multi disciplinary team to achieve the landscape development. We were responsible for managing the removal and relocation of an existing Junior School playground. We also sourced and selected semi mature trees from nurseries to later plant. We prepared the Assessment of Landscape and Visual Effects and landscape plan. We played a key role in the delicate process of consultation with neighbours. We developed the detail design and documentation for the landscape works around the building, called tenders and supervised the implementation of the works.
During the building construction process we had a watching brief and liaised with the Architect, Construction Manager and School Property Manager. The landscape design around this significant, busy facility succeeds due to effective consultation abilities, the mature trees, striking planting and attractive curving paths sympathetic with the adjacent building.
Landscape planning and landscape architecture