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Heritage Investment, Stowe

Heritage Investment Stowe

It is recognised that long-term management plans for heritage assets are often supported by enabling development. Adaptable land use is also considered to provide options for sustained investment.

The Buckingham Group, a leading UK contracting company, has operated from and managed 211ha of farmland immediately adjacent to Stowe National Park and Garden, a 17th Century Grade 1 Historic Registered Park. As the family business has developed, multiple planning applications adapting two former farmsteads into viable commercial premises have necessitated a careful balance between enterprise and context.

DA has provided the supporting landscape strategy in reports to AVDC, Historic England and the Garden Trust. DLP Planning have co-ordinated the submissions.

DA is also working on other sensitive planning sites across southern UK.

Village Enhancement, Tilford

Village Enhancement, Tilford

DA provided supporting landscape advice to MCA Architects for this village redevelopment in the Surrey Hills ANOB. Attention to detail in the external and landscape finishes was an important criteria in this Conservation Area.

The design included a converted village store, terraced housing and detached units overlooking the River Wey at the rear. DA has completed a number of projects across the Surrey Hills with MCA.


Village Enhancement, Tilford

North Downs View, Leatherhead

North Downs View Leatherhead

Naome Acres is a private property located in the Surrey Green Belt. It lies in a mature parkland setting with views over the North Downs. DA, working with Leigh & Glennie Planning and Studio Indigo architects, has won detailed approval from MVDC for a replacement house with associated parking and access.

On a sloping site adjacent mature trees, a formal terraced design was developed to accommodate ease of access and integrate the key outward views with the site amenity and enhanced biodiversity. DA provide the detailed tree and landscape advice.

Urban Conversion – Twickenham

Old Lodge Place is a desirable apartment conversion on a split level site near Twickenham station. The former commercial property has been refurbished as high quality apartments with communal parking and landscape gardens set within a mature sylvan setting.

A combination of topiary and natural hard landscape finishes integrate the scheme with the local streetscene.

Village Regeneration – Surrey Hills AONB

Surrey Hills AONB

A former car bodyshop is to be redeveloped for mixed residential development while refurbishing the village shop and enhancing the adjacent River Wey valley margin.

The proposal includes terraced housing with low stone walling and clipped hedging to the streetscape while the rear layout retains the mature tree canopy and local topography. Key design features by MCA Architects include the considered new build massing, form and external finishes that are echoed in the DA landscape treatment. Planning approval was granted in 2016 with phased construction anticipated until 2018.

Reeds Hill Farm

The latest completed scheme for T A Fisher includes courtyard housing development around a refurbishment Listed Farmhouse and mature TPO trees. The scale of the new landscape treatment had to fit the spaces and integrate with the local building/ street pattern. DA is working on other edge of settlement projects with this longstanding client at the Hampshire / Berkshire borders.