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Coughton Court flood alleviation

Coughton Court flood alleviation

Coughton Court is a Grade I listed National Trust property set within a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Conservation Area.  Bea Landscape Design Ltd was commissioned in 2008 as Project Manager, Quantity Surveyor and Landscape Architect for the flood alleviation proposals designed by hydrological consultants, Haycock Associates following the July 2007 flooding.  Bea Landscape Design Ltd was also appointed to carry out a tree survey and design and administer improvements to the main and overflow car parks.

The flood alleviation scheme comprised the construction of a swale some 25m wide and 1m deep within the historic parkland to the front of the Court including the design and installation of a new vehicular bridge, the refurbishment of the historic metal estate gates and fencing and the extension of a limestone boundary wall.  The subsoil arisings were spread on adjacent fields and ploughed into the existing sward prior to seeding to create a wildflower meadow.

Located in a historically sensitive landscape the project involved close liaison with the National Trust Archaeologist and County Archaeologist to achieve an acceptable design including a geophysical survey, trenching investigation and archaeological watching brief.

The car park improvements were successfully completed in 2009 and the flood alleviation proposals were completed in 2011.

Location Alcester, Warwickshire
Type of scheme Flood alleviation scheme
Lead landscape architect Bea Landscape Design Limited
Outline brief

To project manage and provide detailed design drawings and specifications for planning approval, listed building consent, scheduled monument consent and construction in liaison with the structural engineers including the swale and associated bridge, historic stone wall extension, fencing refurbishment and design and administration of improvements to the main and overflow car parks.

Client The National Trust
Contract value £300,000
Completion date 2010
Project team

Hydrologists – Haycocks

Project Manager – Bea Landscape Design

Quantity Surveyor – Bea Landscape Design

Structural Engineers – Frank Haywood Associates

CDM Co-ordinator – BCA Project Services

Planning authority Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Contact details

Technical summary


Bridge and abutments faced with handmade bricks bedded and jointed with lime mortar.


Main Contractor: O’Briens Ltd

Stone Mason: R N Fear & Sons


Northcot Bricks Limited

Category Heritage

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Lead landscape architect

Landscape Institute Registered Practice

Bea Landscape Design Limited

132A 'The Westlands'
Compton Road
West Midlands

Telephone: 01902 424 950
Fax: 01902 422 929

BIM Level: Undeclared

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