We helped the National Trust gain full planning consent and listed building consent for restoration works at Prior Park Landscape Garden. This consent will allow vital works to take place around the ponds in the northern end of the gardens, addressing existing structural issues, and increasing future resilience to flood events. Intrinsic to the proposals is the restoration of the historic landscape garden features.
Prior Park is a Grade I Registered Park and Garden, located within the City of Bath World Heritage Site and Bath Conservation Area. The landscape garden was developed in the 18th Century, and since 1993 the National Trust has been restoring the garden to how it appeared at its peak in 1764.
Recently, a number of challenges to the current stability and future resilience of the landscape features have been identified, in particular, the middle and lower dams. We worked closely with Black and Veatch engineers, through iterative design and testing process, to develop proposals to restore the dams and improve their capacity to cope with extreme flood events.
Our role involved creating a design fitting of the historic landscape garden context and ensuring features, such as middle dam cascade, were faithfully restored. Our visualisation team generated a 3D model of the garden, which was used to test the design. Views from the model were compared with a 1758 Thomas Robbins sketch, to aid restoration of historic views towards the Grade 1 Listed Palladian Bridge.
Please contact Jamie Farnell for further details.