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 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.
Our work on the conversion of the locally listed, former Chipping Sodbury Memorial Day Centre, to nine apartments for Grace Church continues. The building dating from the late 19th century was converted to a cottage hospital in 1920 and is purportedly the birthplace of Harry Potter Author J K Rowling!
Esmond Murray Architects are delighted to be associated again with The Stable and the opening yesterday of their new restaurant in Clarence Street, Cheltenham. Seating 300, this is their largest restaurant and follows on from our previous work with them at the recently opened Bath establishment.
With the assistance of the officers of Cheltenham Borough Council we and Arc Design and Build were able to achieve planning, listed building, building regulations approval and completion of the work in record time in order for this exciting new venue to open in time for Christmas.
The new restaurants in Bath and Cheltenham add to those already open in Birmingham, Bridport, Bristol, Cardiff, Falmouth, Fistral, Plymouth, Poole, Southampton, Winchester and Whitechapel.
Bath & West Showground 21-22 November 2015
We were delighted to the response from the public to the completed Residential Architecture projects we exhibited. The Show was well attended and we have a number of exciting enquiries to follow up from new build houses to the renovation of existing listed properties.