- Create a new, statement gateway to Worcester and the University campus.
- Maximise the outstanding panoramic views of Worcester’s key landmarks.
- Ensure a high quality landscape setting which is embedded with a clear, understandable and consistent range of landscape typologies to define key uses and establish areas.
- Establish a multi-functional ‘green’ framework which integrates and links all the landscape, ecological, drainage and topographical assets.
- Retain all existing trees and hedgerows wherever possible.
- Have a site specific response to the natural topography of the site and creative ground modelling, ensuring buildings are strategically located to minimise the visual impact of the development on surrounding residents and maintain a green vegetated skyline.
- Provide a substantial 30-60m landscape buffer to protect the local residential and historic setting.
- Enhance access and connectivity with links between public rights of way and external footpaths, enabling easy access to the open countryside beyond.
- Re-establishing orchards as historic landscape features, the remnants of which remain onsite but have been lost over the last 50 years.
In addition to creating the landscape masterplan, ONE was also involved in the detailed landscape design for a new medical centre for St John’s House Surgery, which is the first building to be built as part of the development and stands at a critical location at the gateway to the site. This design was submitted for detailed planning approval alongside the outline submission for the entire site.