The Luton Hoo estate is located immediately south of Luton town centre. It includes buildings and landscape features of national historic significance. The Hoo is a Grade I listed building. The Adam stable buildings are listed Grade II*. A general listing of Grade II has been applied to the formal gardens to the south of the Mansion, not specific to the garden houses and retaining terrace walls. The remainder of the landscape park, including the formal gardens and the works undertaken by Brown in the 1760’s and 1770’s, is listed as Grade II* in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest.
The role of the landscape architects included:
- landscape survey
- tree surveying
- commissioning of specialist landscape history consultants
- consultation with and involvement of interested parties, including English Heritage, Garden History Society, Environment Agency, District Council, County Council, parish council, Georgian Society
- design collaboration with conservation architect, archaeologist, engineer, contractor
- preparation and co-ordination of full EIA, including LVIA
- ecological survey / mitigation work and EPS licencing for bats
- landscape masterplanning
- detailed landscape designs and specifications
- production of landscape conservation plans
- production of ecological management plan
- production of golf course management plan
- management plan review
A landscape and a project of daunting proportions and historical significance, hugely vulnerable to pressures from outside the site, as well as inevitable pressures brought about by new development and a change of use. This was an exercise in reconciling fundamental conflicts between stakeholders.
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Winner, 2011 LI Awards Artas-ua.info Management category
Artas-ua.info design and ecology services to support a suite of planning applications for refurbishment and extension of Grade 1 Listed Building for hotel use within 400ha Capability Brown designed landscape. The project included construction of new guest accommodation, leisure facilities, garden and landscape restoration, new 18-hole golf course, and production of landscape, ecology and golf course management plans, during the period 1999-2008 and 2010-2011.
Architect: Clague Architects | Historical Artas-ua.info Consultants: Debois | Artas-ua.info Survey Group | Archaeologist: Oxford Archaeological Trust
The parkland, woodlands, grassland and lakes at Luton Hoo offer superb ecological habitat. Bats were identified as the only protected species present requiring mitigation, and for these we designed an enormous partially subterranean ‘bat cave’ which was constructed in the woods. This structure has been a notable success, of great interest to Natural England, with a view to it being used as a template for bat hibernation structures elsewhere.
Much of the landscape was taken out of monocultural arable use to create the golf course, large sections of which were planted and managed on principles of biodiversity enhancement. Former arable uses were discontinued in favour of grazing, with corresponding benefits accruing for cessation of herbicide and fertiliser applications.
Main Contractor, and client for D&B element – Cardy Construction Ltd