St Mary’s Convent, Upminster
Landscape design for converted historic building
This high-end development in Upminster is the restoration and conversion of a beautiful historic building to residential use, comprising seven private apartments and two private houses. We worked alongside architects and interior designers to provide the hard and soft landscaping, which we intended to compliment the architecture and historic character of the listed buildings.
Our aim was to create a timeless, formal feel. We specified a buff honeycomb gravel system for the driveways to harmonise with the window stone edging. At the front of the estate, we created a beautiful shade-loving garden featuring tree ferns and fragrant roses. For the central shared garden, we proposed and planted an elegant formal design, with seasonal interest provided by lavenders, statement crab apple standards, and a stunning Magnolia grandiflora tree. The scheme also includes large areas of lawn framed by clipped hedging.
Our proposed hard and soft landscaping scheme for this project had to comply with listed building restrictions to receive council approval, and included:
- Hard landscape plan
- Grass areas and specifications
- Hedge areas and specifications
- Planting plan
- Planting schedule
- Planting moodboard
- Planting establishment maintenance details
- Schedule of annual maintenance for five years
- Maintenance management plan