B|D Landscape Architects designed spaces for all uses

Eltham Hill School
Landscape is key to successful school redevelopment scheme

B|D Landscape Architects’ modern design for the campus of Eltham Hill School gives a contemporary edge to the recently rebuilt London girls’ school. The campus redevelopment project involved enhancing the original 1920s architecture and replacing the 1960/70s additions with a modern three-storey teaching block and sports hall.

A focus on landscape was seen as an integral part of the overall design, management and function of the school rather than simply a cosmetic addition to the school environment, says B|D. It worked closely with architect Hawkins/Brown ‘to create a harmonious fusion between indoor and outdoor spaces across the campus’.
The multi-layered site layout aims to create a clear and unique identity with a range of different spaces that can be used for formal sport, recreation, play, outdoor teaching, shade, shelter, servicing, seating, access and wildlife habitat.
A kitchen garden has been planted with a variety of edible herbs, while the Van Dyke Garden, inspired by the history and heritage of nearby Eltham Palace, uses a Tudor plant palette of fragrant and colourful plants and clipped box hedging.
A sensory garden designed in collaboration with Year 7 students includes fruit, herbs and edible flowers, benches and a ‘lily pad’ gathering space for outside learning.
Two elevated habitats enhance the site’s ecology and contribute towards the scheme’s BREEAM Excellent rating. These include a 400 square metre ‘brown roof’ and a circulation walkway with a sedum roof.

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