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Case Study

Hard Landscaping

Soft Landscaping

Inverness Campus

Inverness Campus

A high specification hard and soft landscaping infrastructure project which services business, research and educational units within the 215 acre Inverness Campus Site. The Highland and Island University loop road frames the campus amenity core, incorporating ponds, an island gallery, tree lined avenues and parks.

Overview of Services

  • Tree felling
  • Scrub clearance
  • Excavations
  • Topsoiling
  • Tree planting
  • Seeding
  • Shrub/aquatic/marginal planting
  • Natural stone paving
  • Fencing
  • Drainage works
  • Creation of swales
  • Ponds construction
  • Path construction

Specific landscaping highlights include the island gallery. The approach is formed through Caithness and Granite Sett paving, leading onto a timber/glass boardwalk, culminating in a concrete formed island gallery of art surrounded by spectacular planting and a feature tree in the centre. As part of the works, this tree was craned in over the pond and placed in the centre of the gallery.

Upon successful delivery of the capital works, we were awarded a 3 year contract to provide grounds maintenance around the faculty. Maintenance areas include:

  • Grassland areas
  • Wildflower meadows
  • Watercourse and aquatic planting areas
  • Beach areas
  • Shrub bed areas around the campus
  • Woodland areas

Challenges Overcome

All operations were carried out between 07.00 and 18.30 Monday to Friday, within college open hours. If required, we sought specific arrangements to undertake appropriate works on Saturdays or to extend these working hours to 19.30 on each occasion or set of occasions. Visits were scheduled and carried out in consideration of the students and general public. The campus is regularly used by the local community for walking, jogging and dog walking. Access priority is always to be given to a member of the public or student and their safety is paramount.

Work was programmed in coordination with the Campus Event Organisers to consider special events within the campus such as art installations, exam periods and open day events. In preparation of events, maintenance visits were often scheduled ahead of them, or where discretion and minimal disturbance was required, such as exams, maintenance was rescheduled to a later time as not to cause disturbance.

Within construction, in order to reduce waste leaving site, materials were reused such as topsoil to create new embankments. Within our maintenance period, it has been identified that there is an extensive weed seed bank within site won topsoil. A control strategy has been developed by our management team to reduce weeds within this area.

2017 BALI Award Winner

Photos courtesy of Landscape Architect for the project Harrison Stevens.

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