Grant Associates’ landscape strategy responds to SSSI status
The National Trust has opened its new £3.5m welcome centre at Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire, with landscape strategy by Grant Associates.
The abbey sits on the banks of a tributary of the river Test, in a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) that includes ancient trees and biodiverse meadows.
Grant Associates worked with the building’s architects, Burd Haward Architects, to ensure the scheme responded to the site’s sensitive ecology and protected the river’s flood plain. Measures include raised timber walkways connecting the visitor centre to the 13th century priory and gardens; steel stilts to minimise interference with the drainage of the peat soil; a biomass boiler fuelled with wood from the estate; and rooftop solar panels.
Peter Chmiel, director at Grant Associates, said: “We are very proud that we were able to contribute to the improved visitor experience and facilities at this historically important and popular National Trust property. The new welcome building, arrivals sequence and associated landscape enhancements avoid impact on the flood plain, whilst making positive improvements in connectivity and experience for people and nature alike.”