Case Study – Mount Carmel School
Mount Carmel is a secondary girls’ school and had recently completed a new extension to their main building in 2016. The school were looking to convert their existing yard into an attractive and useable outdoor space for the students. Daithi finished up work on the scheme earlier this year and we’re delighted with the results.
Here to the left is our initial proposal which was presented to the school along with a provisional quote from the contractor for the bid. The accompanying design statement described our rationale and read:
The courtyard design is based around a series of 450mm high raised green areas formed from concrete or red brick (to match the new extension) with integrated seating edges. The seating configuration will provide opportunities for socialising and outdoor learning.
The planters are arranged to allow an emergency vehicle to enter the courtyard, drive to the doors of the building and reverse around the main island to turn (Final design subject to vehicular tracking). The planted area adjacent to the existing wall is intended to connect into the existing planting bed.
As the buildings are tall, and light into the courtyard is limited, only one new tree with standard form is proposed for the central island. Two compact, multi-stem, specimen shrubs are suggested for the two smaller islands and a series of 6 pleached or espalier trees are proposed for training along the existing wall. This so as not to block light into the sunniest, south facing side of the space.
To add interest and to break up the large area, two contrasting paving materials are proposed (indicated by the lighter and darker shades of grey). These could be tarmac with two different shades of rolled chipping to the surface, or perhaps tarmac and then a tar spray and chip for the other (or again, two other preferred materials to be decided through consultation with the school). Alternatively, thermoplastic markings could be incorporated to create the design.
The school liked our proposals and we were delighted that All Green Landscapes were able to secure the design & build contract. We proceeded to draw up the scheme in more detail to allow Daithi to price items more accurately. See below, one of the early revisions of the General Arrangement plan.
Dialogue between ourselves, the contractor and the school was continuous and the final scheme was completed earlier this year with everyone’s input. We think the workmanship Daithi displayed – especially with the brickwork – is outstanding. All Green Landscapes are based in Co. Offaly. Visit www.allgreenlandscapes.ie for more.