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Grange Gardens

Client: IBI Group / Cardiff University

Location: Grange Pavilion, Grangetown, Cardiff

Services: Landscape concept, SuDs strategy / integration, Soft & hard detailed design.

In September 2018 The Urbanists were commissioned by IBI Group on behalf of Cardiff University to design a landscape concept & detailed drawings for Grange Pavilion Community Centre.

This was a community influenced design that required several site visits to gain a better understanding of the locals specific needs & aspirations.

The concept was built around a Sustainable urban Drainage System (SuDS). We worked closely with drainage engineers which influenced our approach and together we maximised the potential of the site - this was vital as the water level in the area is high.

Within our SuDS design we managed the surface water via, open channel rills, rain gardens, swales, ponds, permeable paving, rainwater butt & an attenuation tank.

Our landscape design retained the shape of the bowling green and encouraged the community to spill out into this new flexible event space providing them with safe access and DDA compliant ramps. Facilitating for all age groups / disabilities was of high priority.

The following landscape elements were proposed:

  • Bioretention SuDS features - limited discharge to local sewer.

  • Outdoor classrooms for the neighbouring school.

  • Flexible growing & event space.

  • Bug hotels & informal play for children.

  • Areas to allow for community planting initiatives.

  • Proposed fruit trees & shrub planting.

  • Wildflower meadow/species rich seeding.

  • DDA compliant ramps & raised planters for the disabled.

  • Areas for prospect & refuge amongst an aroma of sensory planting.