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  • [competition] Walled Garden Regen.

    [Oct 2015 - John McCall Architects - Competition Entry]

    Working in a group of RIBA part 1 and part 2 colleagues, we produced an entry for the Kirkleatham Walled Garden Competition hosted by RIBA North East. The competition brief to redevelop the Kirkleatham Estate in Redcar sought to reinstate a listed Georgian walled garden that had remained derelict since the 1940s. To supplement the tourist income the design sought to establish a cookery school, horticultural school and restaurant on site. Pushing the brief we elected first to integrate within the wider estate, which alleviated issues surrounding access into the garden. To achieved this we seperated the 2 commercial and educational functions and additionally suggested interventions within the wider estate to link into the redevelopment. Working in an advisory role on the design of the built elements, I focussed primarily on design of the garden itself. Reflecting upon the archaelogical and geophysical evidence of ancient structures on site I set up a careful interplay between old and new. We visited Norton Priory Walled Garden, run by the National Trust, in order to gain an fuller understanding of this increasingly rare garden typology. True to the archetype, the final plan establishes a delicate interplay between formal and informal spaces, establishing a series of flows using modes of compression and follies to demarcate different areas of the garden, while carefully framing views of the catering 'horticademy' to be situated within the garden itself. With the introduction of an area of dedicated nursery beds overseen by the cookery school we proposed to encourage the subsistence both in terms of growing its own specimens but also to encourage intensively raising produce for the use of the cookery school, true to the historical function of the garden.