Portus + Whitton have worked with a number of Retirement/Care village developers on some 15 Care Village projects where our involvement has been integral to the design process from the earliest conceptual stages.

Care Village General Landscape Design Objectives

Some Care Village Projects undertaken by Portus + Whitton:

Richmond’s Grange Park, Northampton is in an urban setting with a relatively high density built form in a distinctive ‘New England’ building style arranged around courtyards, terraces and garden areas. ‘Homezone’ style driveways and parking courts help to create a relaxed living environment. The emphasis is on high quality hard and soft materials and details that emulate a well maintained English garden. Sensory elements are important throughout – particularly colour, fragrance, touch. The layout includes a secure garden for dementia patients. The enclosed courtyard clusters provide ‘defensible space’ and ease of surveillance, with effective night-lighting and CCTV. There are no garden fences or alleyways to conceal intruders.

The scheme and gardens were designed by PRC Architects with Portus + Whitton as consultants, and were awarded a Gold Medal for the ‘Best Landscaped Garden, Retirement Development’ in the New Homes Garden Awards 2010.

Sladnor Park, Torbay - This seaside site lies within a self contained valley of exceptional landscape quality and sensitivity. The proposal combines high design quality on a minimal footprint with a light-touch landscape enhancement strategy. The site includes 60 acres of woodland and pasture of high biodiversity value. Portus + Whitton worked closely with the LPA, ecology and forestry consultants in preparing a whole-site conservation-friendly management plan, including woodland management for both fuel and biodiversity, grazing for an organic rare-breeds herd of Devon Red cattle, specific management to encourage protected birds (cirl bunting) and bats (greater horseshoe), and restoration of ancient Devon banks.

Letcombe Regis, Wantage - This care village replaces the former Dow research laboratory. The new scheme occupies the original development footprint in such a way that no additional impact is made on either the conservation area or AONB. The landscape scheme enhances and restores existing features such as the lake, meadowland and boundary woodland. The wider site includes a non-statutory County Wildlife Site running along the course of a chalk stream of high ecological value. Portus + Whitton are working with ecology consultants to prepare a management and public access plan in consultation with the Environment Agency, BBOWT, the LPA and other consultees. This plan includes proposals for restoration of the rare chalk stream, improvements to chalk pasture and woodland management for wildlife.

Aston Hall, Derbyshire - A 31 acre former hospital site within the derelict grounds of a Grade II* mansion. Site features include Ancient Woodland, a Local Wildlife Site and historic parkland. The scheme restores historic vistas, enhances known wildlife features and creates new ones. A broad ‘parkland’ corridor running through the length of the site provides maximum landscape frontage to most of the living accommodation, and provides a contrast with the enclosed and intimate character of the architectural design.

Painswick, Gloucestershire - The scheme occupies a former open meadow on sloping ground on the fringe of the town centre. This is a locally sensitive and highly visible location, and the current scheme has been achieved only after a lengthy planning, consultation and inquiry process. The Landscape design reflects the contrasting open and confined spaces characteristic of traditional development in this part of the Cotswolds. It incorporates a wild flower meadow with public access, native hedgerows and trees, together with hard landscaped parking court and cottage garden style planting around the apartments. A more contemporary style is used for the inward-looking care centre courtyards, roof gardens and water features. Portus + Whitton together with Tyack Architects are currently preparing a third phase of development.

Under development:

Richmond Evesham Care Village - This is to be located within a small part of the original estate of Wood Norton Hall, The site’s main feature is the ornamental Avenue Drive laid out in 1898, together with its decorative lodge and gateway The landscape proposals have been carefully formulated to make a major and ongoing commitment to the restoration and conservation of the landscape. Demolition of most of the existing unsightly buildings and the sensitive re-siting of new buildings will remove the main eyesores and facilitate replanting of missing sections of the avenue. Careful ongoing management and succession planting of the avenue will ensure its long-term survival. All other historic features will be similarly restored, including the Golden Gates and the orchard area.

Richmond Witney Care Village - This site is currently bounded on all four sides by mature trees. The slightly serendipitous nature of the existing vegetation will be managed to provide better quality specimens that will be supplemented by new native tree and shrub planting. At the most visible point adjacent to the roundabout, a new landmark is to be created. Within the site, the arrangement and scale of the buildings are designed to form a series of linked courtyard spaces; four of these have been developed as parking courtyards and three as garden squares: all are linked by a serpentine route that is a shared surface for both cars and pedestrians, with the latter enjoying priority. As visitors approach the main building, they will enter the principal parking courtyard, set out in the manner of a small high quality civic space that will, in time be defined by single large specimen tree.

Health, Community and Education

Here are some of our projects related to the Health industry.

New Homes Garden Awards 2010 Richmond's Grange Park, Northampton Aston Hall Landscape Masterplan Painswick Care Village Painswick Care Village – roof terrace Painswick Care Village – roof terrace Letcombe Regis Care Village Courtyard at Letcombe Regis Care Village Letcombe Regis Care Village – restored lake and biodiversity area Hillingdon Hospital landscape masterplan Secure courtyard design at Hillingdon Hospital Hillingdon Hospital: tensile fabric structure design and landscape design Natural stone seating at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital Courtyard at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital