Restoring Hemelâ€™s Water Gardens
Earlier this year we reported that Hemel Hempstead’s water gardens, an iconic 20th-century landscape, has been in a state of neglect for many years. Now, as the iconic gardens celebrate 50 years, plans are a foot to return them to their former glory.
Designed by Geoffrey Jellicoe in 1962, the water gardens are one of the UK’s most important postwar landscapes, included on the English Heritage’s Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. Originally inspired by a Paul Klee painting, the serpent-shaped canal with its waterfront lawn and rose garden had since been left in a state of disrepair.
As part of a wider scheme to regenerate the town centre, HTA landscape design has been appointed by Dacorum Borough Council to masterplan the restoration of the gardens. The practice’s appointment follows the successful completion of the modernist landscapes at the de La Warr Pavilion Bexhill and the award-winning restoration of Stevenage Town Centre Gardens.
HTA will act as lead consultants and landscape designers coordinating the consultant team and ensuring successful delivery of the project.