Nicholas Pearson Associates

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Haldon Belvedere, Devon

Client: Devon Historic Buildings Trust

Location: Near Exeter, Devon

South of Exeter lies the Haldon Ridge, a dramatic scarp of heathland and forest with glorious views over the Devon countryside and the Exe estuary.

In 1788 Sir Robert Palk chose Penn Hill at one end of the ridge on which to build a tower, then called Lawrence Castle, now Haldon Belvedere, as a memorial to his great friend Major-General Stringer Lawrence. The belvedere is now the best conserved part of Palk's extensive landscape which was, in turn, only one component of a network of intervisible designed landscapes between Exeter and the sea. It remains, now, as Devon's most striking landmark building.

We prepared landscape proposals for the grounds and setting on behalf of our client, Devon Historic Buildings Trust, to secure Landfill Tax Credit Scheme funding for the landscape restoration works. Works were completed on budget, and lettings and events revenue now contribute to the conservation of the Belvedere.