Drakes Place in Plymouth was a Heritage Lottery funded project for Plymouth University as CEC’s client. The Drake’s Place scheme sought to preserve and enhance a long neglected public greenspace whilst restoring the sites most valuable historic assets. Through historical research and careful detailed design the park now serves as a valuable green refuge, well used by university students and the local community alike.
The works have brought historical features such as the water cascade, the fountains in the reservoir, the “Treseder” planting scheme, and the iconic turret house back to their former glory. Sympathetic improvements to paths, stairs, handrails and fencing have improved access and now enable the public to use parts of the greenspace closed for years on safety grounds, including a disabled access route through the park. CEC have acted as Landscape Architects, Lead Consultants and Contract Administrators working in partnership with Hydrock engineers, Le Page Architects, Randall Simmonds quantity surveyors, Jenkins & Potter CDM Coordinators and Ryearch Contractors to deliver the project. CEC also acted as planning agents submitting Listed Building Consent and Condition Discharge applications.
This project was awarded “Best Public Space” and “The People of Plymoth Award” in the 2014 Abercrombie Awards; an event run every three years by Plymouth City Council to celebrate design and planning excellence within the city.