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Work has recently completed on a transformational school redevelopment project at Hilden Grange School in Tonbridge.

Location Tonbridge
Type of scheme School
Size 5145 sq.m. (landscape)
Lead landscape architect BD landscape architects
Outline brief To create a dynamic landscape with characterful play spaces for year groups with multi-use games area that links the new buildings into the sensitive school grounds.
Client Alpha Plus Group
Contract value £0.35m (Landscape)
Completion date Nov 2012
Project team Architect: HawkinsBrown Architects LLPQuantity Surveyor: ArcadisStructural Engineers: Price & MyersM&E Engineers: Peter Deer & Associates
Planning authority Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council
Funding Alpha Plus Group
Contact details Rob Beswick
Awards Tonbridge Civic Society Design Award 2012

Technical summary

Materials Rubber crumb surface by Playtop with an undulating patchwork of 3 colours to the middle terrace and oval shaped play area on the lower terrace that responds to the circulation patterns.Ecoblock SUDS gravel retention system to car park areaBorderline steel ring edging to tree planting
Planting Wildflower seed mixes BSH mix of WFG8; WG3 and WF10 to buffer zone and Emorsgate EP1F for pond edgeLindum Grassfelt to sculpted grass bank from upper terrace to assembly hallBauder Xero Flor 118 wildflower blanket to green roofLindum Wildflower Meadow Mat to sculpted bank between middle and lower terrace with additional wildflower plug plantingTrees – Betula utilis ‘Jacquemontii’ of various sizes; Semi mature Pinus sylvestris & Fraxinus angustifolia‘Raywood’ (planted prior to outbreak of Chalara fraxinea)Shrubs, herbaceous and groundcover planting including Lavandula angustifolia                    ‘Hidcote’;Perovskia atriplicifoliaRosmarinus officinalis;Verbena bonariensisGrasses: Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’

Climbers: Lonicera japonica var. repens; Parthenocissus tricuspidata ‘Veitchii’

Hedging: Carpinus betulus; Sarcococca hookeriana var digynaPhotinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’

Woodland edge mix of transplants: Ash, Blackthorn, English Oak, Guelder Rose,              Hawthorn, Hazel, Holly,

Bulbs: Allium ‘Christophii’; Allium hollandicum‘Purple Sensation’, Galanthus nivalis;                  Hyachynthoides non-scripta; Narcissus ‘February Gold’; Tulipa ‘Purple Prince’

Other technical details Maccaferri Armater geotextile bank stabilisation was installed beneath the wildflower meadow mat between the middle and lower terrace
Contractors Main contractors: BAM Construct UK LtdLandscape sub-contractors: ESL Landscape Contractors
Other info All photos: ©Tim Crocker 2013
Category Individual buildings
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