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Hardworks

Hardworks

Having established the overall design intent through the master plan, Hardworks design encompasses the many "hard" landscape elements of paving and enclosure, for example walls, fences, paving, drainage and lighting. It can also include less obvious facilities like play areas, signs and interpretation.

These aspects of design are defined by our drawings and specifications. These ensure that your site will

  • meet planning requirements;
  • function correctly;
  • be durable;
  • look good!



Project examples:


  • Garths Housing Regeneration
    Garths Housing Regeneration
    Garths Housing Regeneration
    This was a major mixed hardworks and softworks project for Hull City Council. At its simplest, the strategy was to reduce the number of pedestrian cut-throughs by extending gardens and using strategically-placed fencing and planting.
  • Garths Housing Regeneration - Before
    This is a view before intervention, with open grass and concrete areas separated from the road by bollards. Note the dark underpass to the right of the photo.
    Garths Housing Regeneration - After
    Some housing blocks - troublesome underpasses and also single-occupancy flats - were removed. At the request of the residents, a car park was provided close to the houses, with tree and shrub beds protected by railings and mesh fencing.
    Garths Housing Regeneration - Before
    Car parks inserted into grass areas meant that neither car parks nor the the grass play/recreation areas were successful, due to conflicts in use.
    Garths Housing Regeneration - After
    The new scheme seperated grass areas from roads and car parks with planted beds, protected by railings and mesh fences. Significant tree planting enhanced the Garths.
  • Selby Housing Regeneration
    Selby Housing Regeneration
    Selby Housing Regeneration
    On this Housing Regeneration project, residents requested steel railings as a robust boundary treatment to garden extensions. We modelled various design and colour combinations for them to choose from.
  • Selby Housing Regeneration
    The residents selected ball-top finials, green railings and black gates. Steel mesh dividing fences were provided.
    Selby Housing Regeneration
    We encouraged the Council to ensure that both Council and private residents were included in the scheme. Clearly, non-participation of any property would have ruined the continuity of this design.
  • North Cave War Memorial
    North Cave War Memorial
    North Cave War Memorial
    A small, local project, but nonetheless important to our community. The setting of the War Memorial had fallen into disrepair. We provided 3D designs and published them in the village newsletter for consideration by residents.
  • North Cave War Memorial
    Details were also produced in 3D, together with specifications, for approval by the Parish Council and to obtain tenders.
    North Cave War Memorial
    The finished project, though simple, is of high quality and is an asset to the community - perhaps because it is simple. Many people turned out to a ceremony to re-dedicate the Memorial upon completion of these works.
  • Crosby Street Redesign
    Crosby Street Redesign
    Crosby Street Redesign
    We were involved in trying to revitalise the some of the streets west of Scunthorpe Town Centre, but with minimal budgets. We reviewed the 'detractors' in the existing street scene...
  • Crosby Street Redesign
    ..and, using basic photomontage techniques, suggested relatively simple and low-cost interventions, which would go a long way to improving the urban fabric.
    Crosby Street Redesign
    Roads with speeding traffic and inconsistent boundary treatments were the principal safety and visual issues facing these terraces. Simple images and solutions again, to be developed further.
    Crosby Street Redesign
    In this case, the main problem was poor visibility at the junctions, so we proposed building out the footpaths, to reduce pedestrian crossing distances and road widths, thereby slowing traffic and allowing better sight-lines.
  • hardworks gallery
    Hardworks Gallery
    Leeds EASEL - Drainage Strategy
    In support of a wide-area drainage strategy by Maslen-JBA for Leeds City Council, local hardworks interventions were proposed. Given identified surface water flowpaths, relatively small changes in levels - in this case, the entrance to a school - could have significant benefits in reducing the influx of water and the impacts of flood events.
  • Hull Super Stadium, West Park
    This interlaced geometric paving design took its inspriration from the stadium layout, but cascaded out, to carpet the main pedestrian approaches.
    Garden Trellis
    This previously bare wall became a lovely feature with the addition of trellis work, subsequently planted to form an arbour.
    Paving Design
    Simple paving materials, used effectively, with warm tones picked up in the trellis work.
    Garden Deck and Paving
    An attractive relationship of grass, planting, paving and deck.
    Paving, front garden
    Beautifully-laid block paving is combined with gravel insets, to allow for off-street parking with permeable drainage.
    Manhole Cover Detail
    The devil is in the detail, which is why it is important to get it right. The above recessed manhole cover allows the paving pattern to flow through, whilst maintaining essential access to services.
    Hard and Soft
    Just as Yang needs Yin, so hardworks is nothing without its soft counterpart - as is demonstrated by most of the foregoing images.

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