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Living Systems, Exeter University

Illman Young were engaged as part of a design team to develop landscape proposals around a new research facility located within the heart of the Streatham campus at The University of Exeter.
We worked closely with the design team and client group to ensure that the detailed technical requirements for servicing and site met the brief.
  • Campus built around country estate overlooking the city and is a Registered Botanic Garden.
  • Mature specimen Oak trees to north and existing woodland to east provided constraints.
  • Dramatic level changes across site required close collaboration with Architects.
  • Landscape spaces set at different levels with two roof gardens, allowing the enhancement of indoor/outdoor relationship and connections into existing landscape.
  • Each has a different character dependent upon aspect, location and micro climate
  • An over-arching theme allows some continuity throughout the external areas; a cell-like structure to echo research work conducted within the department.
  • Green roofs, green walls and lush planting schemes were developed.
  • Hard landscape materials were selected for their earthy tones and included resin gravel, Corten planters and timber detailing.