LUC was appointed as lead designers on this HLF-funded project to improve access, just one of a large number of projects we’ve completed for The Royal Parks.
The Isabella Plantation is a ‘hidden wonderland’ in Richmond Park and includes spectacular woodland gardens. However access for wheelchairs and those with reduced mobility was problematic and the existing surfaces, pathways and other amenities needed upgrading.
Our design improved both the road and path surfaces, enhanced signage and added an accessible toilet block and shelter. The new toilet needed to work without mains sewerage, so we used non flushable toilets and waterless urinals, heating the building with a waste-wood-fuelled boiler.
We installed a new irrigation system using existing lake water, de-silted three ponds in the Plantation and expanded the largest. We also enhanced streams with waterfalls and flow constrictors to help improve biodiversity.
As well as improving physical access to and within the Plantation, the project involved the local community in design, volunteering and activities, and provided two apprenticeships within The Royal Parks Apprenticeship scheme.
The project has won awards from the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) and the Richmond Society.