PARKS AND OPEN SPACES
We have an enviable track record managing investment in private gardens, parks and open spaces. Our work includes the restoration of listed parks and gardens, the development of civic spaces and the creation of new play and visitor facilities for both public and private clients.
Woodhouse Urban Park
Richmond Upon Thames, Greater London
The Royal Parks appointed Huntley Cartwright as the quantity surveyor and project/programme manager for the Bushy Park Restoration project, which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The work involved 80 individual projects, restoring the landscape and opening up previously inaccessible areas of the park. A new café and visitor centre was constructed and the stockyard refurbished to create a new education and volunteer centre.
Pictured are the 17th century water gardens restored to their former splendour. Having fallen into disrepair after World War II, archival research and archaeological investigation were required to determine the original layout. This enabled us to reconstruct the upper and lower pools and the central cascade.
WOODHOUSE URBAN PARK
Brent, Greater London
As part of the Woodhouse Estate regeneration, Huntley Cartwright provided quantity surveying services for the development of the new urban park. This project involved remediation and decontamination of the site, as well as the construction of an extensive hard and soft landscaping scheme. The new play area, developed in consultation with the local community, utilises bespoke sustainable natural play structures and park furniture.
THE ISABELLA PLANTATION
The Isabella Plantation is home to the National Collection of E. H. Wilson's Kurume azaleas. The project involved improving access and interpretation throughout the site. Huntley Cartwright was initially appointed to assist The Royal Parks with the preparation of the Round 1 Heritage Lottery Fund application.
Once funding had been secured, Huntley Cartwright acted as quantity surveyor. The scope of work was varied and included a new pavilion, irrigation improvements, restoration of existing and new bodies of water, path work, infrastructure works, disabled access improvements and new interpretation materials.
Richmond Park, Greater London
Huntley Cartwright were the project managers and quantity surveyors for the Heritage Lottery Fund Thames Water and Berkley Homes project to create a new wetland and nature reserve in the disused eastern reservoir.
The project involved the installation of reed beds, a new boardwalk and bridge access to the site, as well as circular paths and site wide interpretation. A new community café and visitor centre were created from a derelict Grade II listed gas house. Within the reservoir new islands were created to provide safe habitats for nesting birds.
Stoke Newington, Greater London
The Camden Active Spaces project was a ground-breaking initiative to deliver challenging active spaces for six Camden schools. This formed a preventative healthcare initiative to increase pupils' activity levels. Working with multiple design teams, Huntley Cartwright provided quantity surveying services. The programme involved work on six different sites and was delivered by two contractors. All of the schemes were unique and involved bespoke structures. They have been very well received and have won multiple awards.
QUEEN ELIZABETH COUNTRY PARK: TUMBLING BAY & TIMBER LODGE
Huntley Cartwright successfully partnered with Erect Architecture and LUC for the international design competition for the North Park Hub and Playground.
The project involved working with the Olympic Legacy Corporation to develop a new landmark playground and park building. Delivered to an extremely tight programme and within cost constraints, the completed project provides a new café with community and welfare facilities, as well as a new adventure playground.
The project has won many awards including the MPIM Special Jury Award, the Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design and a Civic National Trust Award.
This project was supported by a Heritage Lottery Grant and Huntley Cartwright provided quantity surveying services.
The project was wide ranging and involved the refurbishment of the stable yard to provide a learning and interpretation base along with new welfare and staff facilities. In addition, the conservatory was restored as a public venue. In the wider park the work encompassed de-silting of the lakes and river, improvements to the central playground, creation of new entrances and site-wide repairs to the hard and green infrastructure.
KENNINGTON FLOWER GARDEN
Working for Southwark Council, Huntley Cartwright acted as quantity surveyor.
Funded with a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant, this modest project sought to revitalise the flower garden with a new shrub and herbaceous planting scheme, paths, pergolas, shelters, new furniture signage and a feature sundial.
The project was the winner of a BALI Award.
GROSVENOR AND HILBERT PARK
Grosvenor and Hilbert Park is Tunbridge Wells' oldest park dating from 1889. It was designed by Robert Marnock and Huntley Cartwright provided quantity surveying services for its Heritage Lottery Funded restoration.
In addition to entrance, path and interpretation improvements, the works included the restoration of the dripping wells, pond and surrounding gardens. In addition, a new wetland with boardwalk and dipping platforms was created. The playground was redeveloped and the park pavilion refurbished to provide a new café and community rooms.
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
KILBURN GRANGE PARK
The project comprised the construction of a new adventure playground and activity centre.
The adventure playground was developed following consultation with the local community and includes a number of distinctive yet fluid spaces, offering sensory and physical play opportunities. These include tree houses, ravines and fallen trees.
The activity centre has an irregular twisted frame with a central Douglas fir tree trunk column and is clad with timber.
CALVERLEY ADVENTURE GROUNDS
Calverley Grounds is a Grade II listed landscape and the new playground is on the site of a disused bowling green.
Huntley Cartwright worked with the council and LUC, providing cost and quantity surveying advice. The project was conceived by a group of local residents who persuaded the council to support the project. They raised over £225,000 in 12 months towards its cost. The design takes many references from the local area, including the Chaylebeate springs and stream and has proved immensely popular.
The scheme won a Civic Choice Award in the Public Realm category.
Tunbridge Wells, Kent