United Kingdom

  • Client: Petwood Hotel
  • Commencement Date: March 2014
  • Completion Date: July 2018
  • Function: Landscape Architect
  • Capital Value: £300,000

The Petwood Hotel was built in 1811 and initially inhabitedby Lord Thomas Hotchkin and which became home during the war of 619 RAF Squadron responsible for the infamous Dambuster raids across Germany in 1943. More recently the building and estate have been restored to the original period design including the Historic Gardens designed by Harold Peto.

Park Hood Our scope of commission was to research in detail the historic landscape design principles utilised and adopted by Peto during the late 19th Century by way of literature, Ground Investigation studies, historical mapping and old drawings and photographs.We were then tasked with delivering a Landscape Design package to restore the historic gardens to the original design intent. This included concept baseline development, a RIBA 3 Planning package for discussion and negotiation with Statutory Consultees including Planning Service and Historic Monuments followed by delivering the project on site. The planting design was researched, developed and evolved in line with the historic planting concepts which proved challenging as many species needed to be sourced from specialist nurseries across Europe. The first phase of the project was completed in 2017 with the second phase presently being developed for Planning submission.