Strategic landscape management plan for an iconic architectural housing estate.
The Heights Management (No1) Ltd
The Heights Estate was an architecturally designed estate from the 1960’s. It was conceived as a self contained residential housing estate that combined contemporary living with communal landscape gardens and planted walkways.
Since its completion the estate has suffered from a lack of regular or proactive maintenance, which has left the original designed landscape blurred and unable to deliver value to the community. A lack of understanding of the asset has led to inappropriate changes and decisions.
A new committee was keen to evaluate the landscape in the light of modern day requirements and put together a landscape strategy that was respectful of the original ideas; that worked with the palette of materials and planting but that acknowledged the needs of a present day residential community.
Jeremy Rye Studio collaborated with members of the community to identify a long term landscape strategy that could be built into their on going development and maintenance plans. The culmination of this work was a report that identified a palette of hard and soft landscape provisions and identified a clear vision for the estate’s future.