Liz Lake Associates were commissioned to prepare design proposals for a new events space and garden at the Grade II* listed Tortworth Court to accompany a new extension to the property. The house is a Victorian mansion built in the 1800’s with formal gardens, lake and arboretum. Initial sketch proposals were drawn up to include a hard space for outdoor functions, formal box hedged planting areas with topiary spires, gazebo with climbers and vibrantly planted herbaceous borders. The initial proposals were accepted as part of the outline planning application and taken forward into detailed design to satisfy planning conditions.
Our design team undertook a site visit to understand how the space will be used and study the style of planting used in the existing garden. Liz Lake Associates worked closely with the client to develop sketch proposals which included a new hard space with extends out from the proposed extension to the building. This space was designed to incorporate a gazebo with climbers as a focal feature which can be used in outdoor formal occasions. Small beds of clipped hedging, shrubs and topiary will complement the formal style of the garden, as well as a large herbaceous border for a vibrant seasonal display of colour. Once approved, we took the designs into the detailed level to specify a sensitive palette of materials, such as local pennant stone pavers and setts. Planting consists of a wash of mauve and purple flowering plants highlighted by bold foliage of Artemsia and Stipa, and colour accents from Persicaria and Salvia.
Liz Lake Associates produced soft and hard landscape drawings to accompany the reserved matters application. Working closely with the design team, and incorporating the experience of our in house Historic Landscape specialists, we developed a sensitive, yet vibrant design which will sit comfortably within the setting of the listed property and provide a pleasant space for events.