The latest Bath Market Insight Report from Knight Frank has revealed that last year saw the Bath prime property market starting to ease, after significant growth in 2015. Property prices in Bath increased by 3.5% in 2016, compared with 4.5% the previous year. However, despite slower growth, Bath still outperformed the wider UK prime country markets, which saw an average fall of 0.4% in 2016.
We are delighted that the Outside Inside Garden won the Silver Gilt award at the 2016 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show!
Working with Landscape Architect Emma Bannister, the garden was inspired by the stories of those who suffer from severe PMS. The common native planting on the outside contrasts with the inaccessible space and distorted planting inside.
Visitors will first see an area of hazel woodland with native ferns and wildflowers. The inside of the garden is hidden from view behind a Somerset willow screen. As visitors walk along the curving path, the inside gradually reveals itself through gaps in the screen until a round window reveals the central feature – a corkscrew hazel in a bed of Bowles’ golden grass. These plants were grown by the Edwardian plantsman E A Bowles in an area of Myddelton House garden that he called his ‘Lunatic Asylum’. He referred to these plants as his ‘maniacs’.
The outside and inside are connected by the overarching willow and steel canopy – symbolising the effect of fluctuating hormones on the brain. The ends of the willow arches ‘snake’ around the bases of the multi-stemmed hazel trees in a style inspired by the land art installations of artists such as Andy Goldsworthy.
The outside planting includes recently coppiced hazel trees – symbolising energy, cycles and regeneration.
Chris joined the practice in August 2016, for his year out placement, after graduating from the University of Nottingham with a Part 1 Architectural Degree. During his year out, Chris intends to develop the experience and knowledge he gained from his University studies within a professional practice environment. He is an avid drinker of water and has an unhealthy fear of tea!
The conversion of the former cottage hospital to 9 apartments nears completion with the installation of the vertical cedar cladding to a previously extended section of the building. The flat roof building now stands in contrast to the historic original structure with a sharp contemporary finish.
The Esmond Murray Architects team will be joining our sister company, EMJ Architects, at the Christian Resources Exhibition in Kent from 12 – 13 October!
We’re looking forward to meeting attendees and showcasing our range of church architectural services.