Drawing on the memories of the site and its heritage to create a unique landscape destination
Like the shifting tides and sands of the estuary the landscape approach is to gently reveal narratives from the site’s past, the industry and cultural stories that have shaped this place.
The hard and soft landscape strategies reinforce the distinct qualities of the character areas. The materials and elements are mindful of the heritage of the site as well as the unique qualities of the wider Cornish landscape –concrete and weathered timber used as furniture, metal and patinated copper are used as highlights.
The challenge of the soft landscaping strategy has been how to establish a thriving community of plants and trees in maritime conditions which are challenging to many species. The planting strategy seeks to enhance the biodiversity of the site. Including removing invasive species, creating habitats and food sources.
Given it’s sensitivity the site presents many challenges to developing and refining a sustainable and vibrant landscape masterplan. Our approach focuses around five key themes; landscape and narrative, climate and senses, materials, topography, soils and planting.
This project is also about the future and developing new layers over this landscape to create new possibilities and opportunities. This new landscape will be unique, embedded in this specific precious context whilst creating delight and wonder for residents and visitors,a place to dwell, play and work.
We seek to reinforce the local identity and define distinct individual character areas within a new landscape destination - The Wharf, the Yards and the Hilltop. Each of these areas is expressed quite distinctively, but collectively they respond to the physical, ecological and heritage challenges of the site.