A landscape design team from Pegasus Group were delighted with this week’s unanimous approval of a secondary school by Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) during its first live-streamed planning committee.
(Images courtesy of AHR Architects Ltd.)
Over the last year, the Cirencester based design team with Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) input, has worked closely with the council, AHR Architects Ltd and contractor Kier on the project for the 900-pupil Cheltenham Secondary School, Leckhampton in Gloucestershire on the fringe of the Cotswold AONB.
Rae Luckett, Principal Landscape Architect at Pegasus Group, said: “This project was largely landscape led to ensure that the design and layout of site respected the sensitive setting and challenging site constraints.
“Pegasus Group worked closely with all members of the design team including the client, contractor, architects, arboriculturists, ecologists and engineers to ensure a fully cohesive design solution.
“We are all utterly delighted with the outcome.”
The landscape design complies with BB103 and follows the client’s own school specific brief. It largely consists of: informal hard courtyard areas for socialising and seating and informal soft landscaped areas including robust planting to provide all year round seasonal interest; cherry orchards and wildlife friendly native treatments such as native thicket tree and shrub planting as well as wildflower meadows and species rich long grass areas for external curriculum based learning activities and ecological enhancement; feature terrace seating to the south of the courtyard area utilises the change in levels across the site as well as providing social seating areas; an external covered dining area and wildlife and habitat garden are also provided.
There is a variety of sports provision to ensure a full sporting curriculum all year round including grassed rugby, football, athletics, rounders and cricket pitches. A multi-use games area providing netball, tennis and basketball provision and a sand filled astro pitch for hockey and football which further provides out of school community sports provision.
The school is anticipated to open in September 2021.
For further information and queries about this project, contact Rae Luckett or Nicholas Harman from our Cirencester office.