On a piece of semi-derelict brownfield land next to Rotunda Community College, BCA Landscape designed a new campus to further the college’s objectives of providing training and qualifications for garden volunteers, improving community links, enabling wheelchair access and incorporating a kitchen garden to link with the college’s café. Through the garden, the project promotes the idea of growing and eating fruit and vegetables. With a modest initial budget, BCA Landscape worked closely with the client to tap in to additional funding from a cocktail of sources.
The scheme has directly regenerated a forgotten and derelict area of land, while also continuing and enhancing outreach to the local community. It puts environmental education at the heart of the approach, while the extensive planting of floral, scented flowers will attract pollinators that will kick-start a mini ecosystem.
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Rotunda Community College, Liverpool L5 2PL
Rotunda Community College
|Type of scheme|
Urban/ suburban green space
Winner Landscape Institute Awards 2016
This project began with a very loose but important brief – to make a real positive difference to local people and the environment in a deprived area where help is most needed. With a modest initial budget, BCA Landscape worked closely with the client to tap in to additional funding from a cocktail of sources to ensure the final community campus was robust and ultimately worthy of its vision to help change people’s lives for the better.
In order to achieve this big vision the project focused on three significant threads that run through all stages and aspects of the design process and implementation – Community – Regeneration and Sustainability. The team looked to innovate in these three key areas throughout the project to ensure that maximum benefit and high quality could be achieved for every penny spent and every hour volunteered.
Landscape practice: BCA Landscape; client: Rotunda Community College; funders: Jo Malone London, Mersey Forest, Biffa, Atlantic Gateway, Liverpool Mutual Homes, and First Trans Pennine Express
Rotunda with BCAL have created the Rotunda Community Campus as a means to reach out to the local community and especially those that are hardest to connect with: those living in poverty, ex-offenders, drug and alcohol dependants, those suffering with mental ill health as well as the long-term unemployed and young people.
Recognised nationally as an innovator in the field of lifelong learning, Rotunda is passionate about empowering the local community to improve their quality of life and opportunities.
The campus is an educational project as well as a place for recreation, with community members encouraged to take entry-level horticultural courses as a pathway to employment and self-sufficiency. BCAL have worked closely with Rotunda to establish a cocktail of funding and have volunteered their time on site to this local charity.
With a team of dedicated staff and volunteers, Rotunda is a beacon of best practice for regeneration and social cohesion. During the creation of the campus, Rotunda has worked with:
- 20 students that have gained AQA accreditations in Horticulture through
WOODLAND UNDERSTORY MIX
The theatre garden contains flowering plants with pastel
BASE FOR THE AREAS
COMPLIMENTARY AND CONTRASTING FOLIAGE
SCENTS – more accessible at the front of the borders
SCENTS – to add scent to the middle garden