Guiding robust design for the future in an education environment, whilst not losing the historic character
When King’s College was about to embark on redevelopment and further development of their site, they engaged Boffa Miskell to consider the early vision for the site, its history and the existing character; and to develop a management which would guide the redevelopment. Current and proposed use zones were considered to develop a management plan that would assist retaining the school’s heritage under the pressure of daily life.
We worked with the College, through our contact the Property Manager, spending time on site at different times of the day, observing how areas were being used and the different character of areas. Our expertise was required to develop a plan which would retain, enhance or develop the important existing character and to present what was required to achieve this in a clear understandable form.
King’s College is proud of its heritage, it moved to the Middlemore site in the second term 1922. The Architect for the permanent buildings on the site (the chapel, the current administration block and the dining hall) was Mr R Atkinson Abbott, his vision was for a tree lined driveway sweeping up to the buildings with the playing fields opening out to the north. The oaks grew from acorns collected from Bishop Selwyn’s oak tree at Waimate North. The trees which were two feet tall when planted, today fulfil that vision and our management plan sought to retain this and other aspects of the College’s heritage, whilst developing proposals and planting strategies to enhance the different character areas that we identified.
Our plant palettes were of robust species, suitable for a school environment which would also reinforce the character areas. The management plan document we produced provides guidance as the College develops areas.
Master planning, Landscape Architecture
|Project team||Sarah Collins|
|Project date||2014 - 2015|