Frank Spacil in memoriam
After a long period of illness, Frank Spacil finally succumbed to cancer in June.
Born in 1943 in Brno in what was then Czechoslovakia, he graduated in 1968 from the University of Brno Lednice School of Landscape Architecture. Via Vienna and the Ministry of Works in New Zealand, he came to the UK and joined Basildon Development Corporation, where he worked on a wide range of projects. He was also Lead Landscape Architect defending Basildon Plotlands.
He prepared master and management plans and, working with the Countryside Commission, the Forestry Commission and English Nature, was instrumental in establishing the area as Plotlands Country Park and nature reserve under the care of the Essex Naturalists’ Trust. A seat is to be placed in the park in his memory.
Spacil was a great enthusiast for the British Garden Cities and New Towns movement. He was complemented on his work in Basildon by Natural World magazine and on his project for the water gardens at Hemel Hempstead by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe.
He later became Senior Landscape Architect for the Commission for the New Towns, where he was involved in multidisciplinary teams producing environmental impact statements for major housing and industrial developments. He also developed outline proposals for country park areas, major flood control projects and associated open spaces, and supervised extensive design and implementation work by consultants in several new towns.
When the Government dissolved the Commission for the New Towns, Spacil established his own personal practice. Among his clients were leading architects Ahrends, Burton and Koralek, Buro 5, Peter Senski Associates and Mel Dunbar Associates.