Duddenhoe End, Essex
James Blake Associates was commissioned to provide a set of landscape plans and documentation for a planning application and subsequently the schedules for tender to the landscape contractors. Several key landscape and visual considerations were addressed during the design process, taking into account the particularly rich heritage around Elmdon, Essex. The interaction of the site with the adjoining high quality landscape areas and a high quality detailing and biodiversity were key factors. The careful analysis of the site led to the production of a highly sympathetic vernacular design well rooted in the historic fabric of the village. Traditional materials such as gravel, clay paviours and granite edgings are accompanied by a cottage style planting framed with box hedging. The overall design is strongly rooted in the heritage of the area and the characteristics of the vernacular village, yet it has a contemporary feel to it well suited to the modern life style of the residents. Local fruit tree varieties have been used and the frontage is bound by a locally distinct rustic fence and a native hedgerow with a cedar as a new landmark at the new gateway to the village.