2006: Ships Ahoy!
This year’s company day was loosely themed
around Brunel to mark his 200th anniversary. The activities includ
- A Brunel tour of Bristol Temple Meads station, including the
old platform, a gothic style boardroom and vaults.
- Time on the Matthew learning about rigging and putting up the
sails. The Matthew is a replica 15th century sailing ship which
crossed the Atlantic on several occasions.
- A treasure hunt on Brunel’s SS Great Britain and the Bristol
The day ended with a cast off/harbour cruise in the Matthew.
The annual company day is an opportunity for all staff from the
Bath and Tiverton offices to join together and complete a variety
of educational and fun exercises.
2006: Planning progress for Boscastle
The Environment Agency’s plans for flood defences on the
River Valency in Boscastle were submitted to North Cornwall District
Council in August . The submission covered 3 main planning applications:
- Car park area – a joint planning application with the
district council to widen the river to provide capacity for sediment
and debris to drop, including raising the car park with barriers
to stop vehicles washing into the river in a flood.
- Downstream of Cornish Stores – widening and lowering the
river bed to increase the channel capacity to carry high flows.
- Lower bridge – an outline application to demolish the
existing bridge and replace it slightly further downstream.
The council planning committee held a site meeting in Boscastle
on September 1 to see the locations and proposals at first hand.
Nicholas Pearson Associates provided landscape character and visual
assessment advice to a project team led by the Environment Agency
and Halcrow. We played a key role in identifying where changes could
be accommodated to deliver a flood defence scheme that is sensitive
to its historic landscape context, whilst providing a safer environment
for the future.
Since receiving detailed planning consent, we have contributed to
the preparation of contract documents, to enable work to commence
2006: University of Bristol Master Plan Adopted as SPD
The ambitious master plan for the University of
Bristol’s main precinct has been adopted as a supplementary
planning document (SPD) by Bristol City Council. Nicholas Pearson
Associates provided landscape and ecological advice to the University
as part of multi disciplinary team. The work included the preparation
of detailed townscape and landscape analysis, public realm design
strategies and concepts, as well as proposals for the enhancement
to the historic Royal Fort Gardens.
The area covered by the masterplan, which lies to the north-west
of Bristol’s city centre, includes parts of Clifton, Cotham
and Kingsdown and four separate conservation areas.
The plan will guide the physical development of the heart of the
University area over the next 20 years, underpinning the university’s
efforts to strengthen its global position as a centre for leading-edge
research and education. It is keen to improve public access through
the university, conserve historic buildings fronting St Michael’s
Hill and enhance important landscapes such as Royal Fort Gardens.
The multi disciplinary team was co-ordinated by the university’s
Estates team in partnership with the city council’s planning
team and included CSJ Planning, project managers Northcroft, architects
Feilden Clegg Bradley and Arup as transportation engineers.
2006: Royal Opening at Lydiard Park
Simon Bonvoisin, Regional Director was introduced
to Princess Anne on her recent visit to Lydiard Park to open the
Corporate Games. The park, which was once a medieval deer park,
is the setting for a Georgian Palladian manor house with landscaped
grounds. Both the house and grounds are undergoing a significant
period of restoration with the aid of a Heritage Lottery Fund Award.
Nicholas Pearson Associates helped to secure the £4.8
million Award and is the lead consultant for the landscape restoration,
including the reinstatement of a lake, repairing the castellated
dam wall and restoring the ornamental garden, icehouse, paths and
2006: Initial Phase of Park Planting Completed
For the past few years, Nicholas Pearson Associates
has supported the Castlefields Community Pocket Park scheme in Calne,
Wiltshire by offering discounted fee rates and additional time.
The park comprises new footpaths, landscaping and the partial restoration
of a section of canal. The site was an existing area of open space
and part of the gardens belonging to Marden House which had become
overgrown. The landscape designs include using native plants and
water margin plants to improve drainage. The first phase of the
community planting has been completed. More information about the
project or the support that Nicholas Pearson Associates have provided
can be obtained from Paul Jolliffe .
2006: Proposed Urban Extension at Daventry out for public consultation
Plans for a major urban extension at Daventry
have been unveiled at a public exhibition this month. The
outline planning application has proposed approximately 4000
dwellings, four schools, a district centre and two local centres.
Nicholas Pearson Associates has co-ordinated the masterplanning
and the Environmental Impact Assessment on behalf of the developers,
Croudace. In addition we prepared all the presented materials. Additional
information regarding the proposed development can be found from
dedicated Croudace Churchfields website, linked here. www.churchfieldscroudace.co.uk
2006: Winston Churchill Chance of a Lifetime fellowship bursary
Nicholas Pearson Associates director, Trevor Turpin,
has been awarded one of the coveted Winston Churchill Chance of
a Lifetime fellowship bursaries to investigate lessons for
the UK from monsoon climate water management systems. Trevor
will travel to Sri Lanka in the summer to investigate the 2,000
year old techniques of countries which have to deal with drought
and monsoon conditions . The applicability of these systems and
their management to the UK under predicted climate change conditions
will be analysed.
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust offers
Fellowships to British citizens resident in the UK from all
walks of life to gain a better understanding of the lives and cultures
of people overseas. Applicants need to demonstrate that their
project is feasible, worthwhile and of benefit to their community
and to the UK on their return. More information about the
work of the T rust can be found on their website www.wcmt.org.uk
2006: Landscape implementation continues at Priory Vale, Swindon
Our work at Priory Vale, Swindon, one of the largest
Urban Extensions in southern England, is now in its 9th year. We
continue to provide landscape and ecological consultancy services
across the 260 hectare site, where the circa 5000 dwelling development
is in varying stages of completion, having worked on the project
throughout the master planning stage. This year advanced treeworks
and landscape implementation contracts for five parks and infrastructure
planting are underway. Another notable event is the recent adoption
of the play areas at Tadpole Park by Swindon Borough Council.
2006: Arnos Vale Awarded £4.8 Million Heritage Lottery Funding
Bristol’s Arnos Vale Cemetery has been awarded
a landmark £4.8 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The
Victorian cemetery featured in the BBC's "Restoration"
series and includes a grade II listed park and garden with listed
tombs and chapels within a conservation area. The money will be
used to restore the remainder of the historic buildings, monuments
and parkland, along with the creation of educational, family history
and community facilities. The first phase of the restoration programme
to restore The West Lodge, one of two Grade 2* listed buildings
at the main entrance to the site is now complete and it will officially
reopen as a visitor reception centre in the spring. The cemetery
is also to be part of a pilot for a new scheme from the Department
for Culture, Media and Sport which involves:
• the creation of a single unified list, called the
"List of Historic Sites and Buildings of England", that
gives equal statutory recognition to all its components
• the establishment of statutory management agreements
that allow for strategic management over the medium to long term
Nicholas Pearson Associates was responsible for the preparation
of the Stage II Heritage Lottery Fund report, restoration plans
and is the landscape architect for the detail design.
2005: New Forum for Impact Assessment
NPA are pleased to have sponsored the launch event
of the new branch of the International Association for Impact Assessment
(IAIA) for the UK and Ireland. The branch aims to provide a dedicated
regional forum and dynamic networked community for impact assessment.
It will allow practitioners and students to share information and
experiences, and provide opportunities to disseminate good impact
assessment practices. The branch launch event was held at the School
of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich on
19th December 2005. Key speakers including Professor John Glasson,
Professor Judith Petts, Stephen Tromans and Timothy O’Riordan,
examined current and future issues in impact assessment, its changing
context and the implications for the branch’s development.
These issues included the sustainability agenda, stakeholder participation,
EIA law and health impact assessment. Further branch events are
planned later in 2006, including in Dublin and Liverpool. Please
visit: www.uea.ac.uk/env/inteream for
further information about the branch, and see www.iaia.org for
further information on the IAIA.
2005: University of Bristol Master Plan
A Master Plan has been prepared for the University
of Bristol city centre precinct and is currently progressing through
a public consultation process. The Master Plan presents a long term
vision for the redevelopment of a number of buildings within Conservation
Areas. We have prepared the Urban Landscape and External Realm Design
Strategy report, as part of a multi disciplinary project team. This
has included a comprehensive review of the public realm, and promotes
the redesign of a number of key routes through the area, based upon
the concepts of 'shared space', to improve accessibility and the
overall urban environment. Proposals also include enhancements to
the historic Royal Fort Gardens, which lie at the heart of the University.
2005: 20-year outline plan approved
The Airbus Technology Park proposals at Filton
Airfield received outline planning permission from both South Gloucestershire
Council and Bristol City Council on Thursday 24th November. The
approved proposals cover the redevelopment of the whole Airbus manufacturing
site for the next 20 years, securing the site's future for aircraft
manufacturing and as a major employer in north Bristol. NPA prepared
the ecology sections of the Environmental Statement. We undertook
and coordinated a wide range of ecological surveys at the site including
those for habitats, grassland flora, bats, birds, invertebrates
and reptiles both directly for the Environmental Statement and subsequently
to satisfy planning requirements.
2005: BALI Awards announced
Two projects demonstrating very different aspects
of our landscape architecture skills gained awards from the British
Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) last
The Land Registry Building in Plymouth provides
a gateway into a new business park. Nicholas Pearson Associates
were the appointed landscape architects and responsible for the
site landscape masterplan. The dramatic design includes an informal
parkland surround and two contrasting courtyards. Design references
for the hard and soft landscape elements include the wild landscapes
of Dartmoor and the new building. Planted species include local
native plantings as well as a variety of herbaceous plants to provide
colour and interest throughout the year. The project also received
an excellent BREEAM rating last year.
Plas Newydd is unique as a miniature romantic landscape and ferme
ornee of the 1780s, reflecting the personalities who brought it
to prominence in the society of that period. We prepared the historic
landscape restoration plan based on comprehensive archival study,
field evaluation and research. The report supported a full and successful
application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, which resulted in an award
of £600,000 and the subsequent restoration of the gardens.
2005: Stretching Brawn and Brain for Charity
Congratulations have been extended to Nicholas
Pearson Associates staff as they participated in two significant
charity fund raising events.
A team of six staff participated in the Three Peaks
Challenge. This challenge requires the team to reach the summits
of Great Britain's highest peaks (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount
Snowdon) within 24 hours. Funds were raised for the Greenfingers
Appeal and Julian House.
The Greenfingers Appeal is the charity of the gardening industry
and is currently dedicated to the creation and improvement of the
gardens at UK Children's Hospices.
Also for Julian House, a larger team of staff took
part in the Brain of Bath Quiz. This competition has been running
since 1999 and has 2 main objectives: to raise funds to help to
alleviate the problem of homelessness and increase awareness. It
has raised over £70,000 in its 7 year history. This year,
23 corporate teams participated. The evening was enjoyed by every
one and although we didn't win the competition, we will try again
2005: Renewing our roads
The Highway Agency's first Enhanced Managing Agency
Contract (EMAC) has been awarded to InterRoute, the joint venture
partnership between Mott MacDonald and RCS. This 5 year contract,
for the Agency's Area 2, covers motorways and trunk roads in the
south west, including Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and parts
of Dorset and Devon. Nicholas Pearson Associates, as part of the
InterRoute team, is assisting in the provision of a range of environmental
2005: Royal Rhododendrons
Our continuing landscape design work on the Oettingen
Estate in Bavaria, Germany, has been highlighted this year by the
creation of the Rhododendron Gardens within the Castle grounds,
which have realised a millennium promise to the town made by Prince
and Princess Oettingen Spielberg. The park is publicly accessible,
and the Gardens were formally opened this month.
2005: ennillon yng Nghymru (Winning in Wales)
Nicholas Pearson Associates has recently
established a new initiative in Wales to help service existing work
and establish new client links. Work in Wales will be spearheaded
from the new Cardiff Office by Dr Matt Watts (Associate Ecologist).
Matt currently lives in Cardiff, and has strong ties with both the
city and the principality , stemming from his upbringing near Neath
and his post graduate career at Cardiff University. Work in
Wales in 2005 currently includes involvement on two major redevelopment
projects near Penarth, including that at Penarth Heights for Crest
Nicholson. This strategic site, currently occupied by derelict flats,
overlooks Penarth Marina and Cardiff Bay , and our role, in partnership
with Edward Cullinan Architects, will include the masterplanning
through to detailed design of this brownfield redevelopment. In
addition, we have also undertaken a range of ecological surveys
in the Newport/Cardiff area for a number of locally based clients.
This new initiative in Wales will help us build on our long established
involvement with historic landscape projects including those
at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan, Plas Newydd in Denbighshire
, and Cardiff Castle. All the relevant contact details for
the new Cardiff Office are available on the Offices page.
2005: Quality standard renewed
Nicholas Pearson Associates have successfully
renewed their Registered Environmental Impact Assessor status with
the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. The registration
is a key quality standard for consultancies providing environmental
impact assessment services. The Environmental Statement supplied
with the application achieved 5 A grades and 7 B grades.
For further information regarding Environmental Impact Assessment
services, please contact Dr. Trevor Turpin at the Bath office.
2005: Four and a half years work yields success
Outline planning permission has been granted for
the Brockworth project by Tewkesbury Borough Council and Stroud
District Council. The project is the development of the former Gloucester
Trading Estate/Brockworth Airfield, east of Gloucester and includes
1900 homes, a mixed use centre, a restored brook, public open spaces
and other infrastructure.
Nicholas Pearson Associates have worked on the outline planning
application for over 4 years, advising on the landscape and ecological
aspects of the development proposals, preparing the Environmental
Statement and Additional Information and evidence to support the
draft allocation by Tewkesbury Borough Council at their Local Public
The planning permission means that we will be continuing our recent
work on landscape design, ecological mitigation, monitoring and
management plans for construction and the longer term. This is part
of the detailed planning applications and associated submissions
to comply with the planning conditions. This continuity will help
ensure that the requirements in the Environmental Impact Assessment
2005: Charitable year gets off to a generous start
Two organisations have already benefited from
Nicholas Pearson Associates’ regular charitable activities
The Company made a donation and, together with the proceeds of the
Christmas raffle, these were given to Mr. Weir of Julian House.
Julian House provides shelter and assistance to homeless men and
women in Bath. Julian House is regularly supported by Nicholas Pearson
Associates both at events organised by the charity and events organized
directly by staff.
In addition to personal donations and sponsorships, funds were donated
by the company to the Tsunami Appeal. The donation was made directly
to the Neem Tree Trust, which supports a school for disabled boys
near Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu. Apart from a general education,
the school provides them with practical skills that enable the boys
to help them support themselves. The school is located in the coastal
zone of southern India in the disaster area. The funds have been
distributed directly to families and children in need in the area;
and particularly to a family with 4 children affected by cerebral
Further information about both of these charities can be found by
clicking on the respective logos.
2005: New gardens for a 5 star expansion
The prestigious 5 star Bath Spa Hotel is embarking
on a major £10 million expansion under the ownership of Macdonald
Hotels, and Nicholas Pearson Associates has been appointed by their
architects, Street Design, to design the new external courtyard
and gardens. The current hotel is set in 7 acres of landscaped grounds;
it has established a reputation as one of the finest hotels in Britain,
achieving many awards and accolades.
2004: Team in place for Temple Gate, Bristol
We have been appointed by Ballymore to be part
of the multi-disciplinary design team working on a major mixed-use
re-development at the entrance to Temple Meads station in Bristol.
Nicholas Pearson Associates will provide the landscape architecture
services, responsible for designing the project’s public and
private external realms. The private areas include roof gardens
and terraces. The design team is led by Wilkinson Eyre, Architects.
2004: Award winning gateway building fully handed over to the Land
This major scheme to construct the new HQ building
for the Land Registry information systems facilities has been fully
handed over to the client by TPS Schal. The landmark building and
its landscape provide a new gateway into Plymouth International
Nicholas Pearson Associates, as landscape architects, prepared the
landscape masterplan for the site as part of a detailed planning
application. The landscape design provides a dramatic setting for
the building and includes an informal parkland surround as well
as two contrastingly designed courtyards.
The project has now received an excellent BREEAM rating, due in
particular to the use of native plant species within the landscape
2004: Greenwich proposals include
largest area of green roofs in a British city
Nicholas Pearson Associates continue to be involved
in the Greenwich peninsula, as Dr Michael Wells, Associate Director,
remains English Partnerships ecological advisor on the long-term
management of legacy open space on the site. This has meant a continuous
involvement in this strategic redevelopment since 1991. Local residents
continue to praise the wetland park and the Trust for Urban Ecology
moves from strength to strength as a focus for ecological aspiration
and public participation. The inter-tidal terraces continue to thrive
and support large numbers of fish and other wildlife.
We have now been contracted via Battle McCarthy
to undertake ecological review of the proposals for the redevelopment
of the rest of the peninsula, including the Dome itself, 10,000
new dwellings and many other facilities.
The strategy for widespread vegetated roofs is
a particular challenge because the successful combination of ecological
functionality for target species of derelict land and a visually
stunning design has yet to be blueprinted in the UK.
2004: Bristol University Precinct Master Plan team in place
Nicholas Pearson Associates has been selected
to be part of the team for the preparation of a Master Plan for
the coordinated development of a number of sites within the ‘University
Precinct’, located at Tyndall’s Park, Bristol, over
the next 10 years. The intention is for the Master Plan to be adopted
as Supplementary Planning Guidance. We are initially providing landscape
and ecological services, including historical landscape studies
relating to Royal Fort Gardens.
The multidisciplinary team includes Feilden Clegg
Bradley (architects), Northcroft (project managers) and CSJ Planning.
We are obviously delighted to be working for one
of the leading higher educational establishments in the UK.
2004: First NPA sponsored prize awarded for best dissertation
The Nicholas Pearson Associates prize for the
best dissertation by a student on the Integrated Environmental Management
course at the University of Bath was awarded last month to Robert
Meldrum. Director Dr Trevor Turpin graduated from the University
in 1971 and has been associated with the course since its inception
- principally as a visiting lecturer on Environmental Impact Assessment
at residentials. We are pleased to be able to offer the Prize for
the student who is judged to have completed the best dissertation
in each year - however we remain impressed by the standards achieved
by all students given the challenges of part time study.
We believe it is important for local businesses
to be involved and strengthen ties with academic institutions and
to facilitate the exchange of skills and expertise, and see the
prize as such an opportunity.
Pictured is Nicholas Pearson Associates Associate
Director, Sara Metcalfe presenting this year's prize to Robert.
2004: Westward Ho! awarded Blue Flag
Following the completion of the new sewage treatment
works, the sea water at Westward Ho! has been declared sufficiently
clean to have won a Blue Flag award. The award, which is new for
the area this year, covers over 2 miles of golden, sandy beach.
Nicholas Pearson Associates provided landscape
design and environmental planning expertise to the South West Water
sewage treatment plant as part of our continuing partnership with
them throughout the region.
2004: Bristol Zoo awarded 'Zoo of the Year' accolade
Bristol Zoo Gardens has been awarded the prestigious
title of Zoo of the Year by the Good Britain Guide 2004.
Ranked as one of the most enjoyable zoos in the country,
Bristol Zoo Gardens beat off strong competition to achieve this
accolade. Out of all the visitor attractions across the UK,
this recognition highlights the Zoo as a ‘must see' destination
for 2004, with descriptions such as ‘excellent value, with lots
to see' and directly contributes to wildlife conservation.
The award recognises the success of a number of
innovative enclosures, the beautiful gardens as well as the conservation
work carried out.
Nicholas Pearson Associates provided masterplanning
and landscape design expertise as part of the redesign of significant
parts of the zoo. Work included the design of Gorilla Island
and the large walk through aviary.
2004: Strategic highways in Malta
The Malta Transport Authority (ADT) is putting
forward a number of projects for the development of the Trans-European
transport network. These require Environmental Impact Assessment
studies to be carried out, and we have been appointed by French
consultants BCEOM, through AIS, to carry out technical surveys
and appraisals and to prepare Environmental Impact Statements for
these Strategic routes on the Island.
2004: Nicholas Pearson Associates win Arno's Vale cemetery commission
Following on from our 'Regeneration Study' of the
Victorian cemetery in Bristol, that assisted in securing a significant
HLF grant, we have been commissioned by Bristol City Council to
provide landscape architectural services for the next stage of the
As part of a multi disciplinary team, we will be
preparing detailed proposals for the restoration of the cemetery
and a landscape management plan.