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Berkeley Vale Community Hospital


The demise of local manufacturing industry resulted in a large area of land within Dursley being redeveloped for mixed housing and commercial use. As part of the Littlecombe area masterplan, a community hospital was proposed on a key part of the site.
Illman Young were involved from an early stage and developed the detailed plans for the scheme:
  • Concept for the external works provided robust design and easy circulation for pedestrians and vehicles
  • Provision for a range of landscape spaces for staff and visitors to sit or stroll
  • Due to contamination of site and capping requirements, the site was not suitable for soft SuDS systems. Instead a tanked SuDS system was developed to store and attenuate surface water runoff
Planting played a key role in defining the various areas of the site:
  • Within car parking areas: hedges and tree planting provide structure
  • Around building: planting used to soften spaces and act as buffer to consulting room windows
  • To north of building area: utilised as staff and visitor garden – rectilinear blocks of single coloured and species planting echo patterns on building elevations
  • Native hedges: enclose site and define site boundary to the north and east
  • Mix of native buffer planting: established to provide habitat areas and green ‘link’ corridors