The Landscape Partnership

Claybury Hospital / Repton Park

A large Victorian hospital site of over 100 hectares of predominantly Green Belt land was redeveloped to include approximately 700 converted and new-build units and substantial areas of open space.

The Landscape Partnership carried out an appraisal of development opportunities and detailed tree survey for the redundant hospital while it was still under NHS ownership and later became part of the design team for the successful purchasers, Crest Nicholson.

The site includes Claybury Hall and part of a degraded Repton parkland, Ancient Woodland and a complex of gothic-style hospital buildings in mature grounds. Initial feasibility studies included proposals for the sensitive after-use of the site and exploration of the scope for restoring aspects of the Repton landscape.

Following development of a site master plan, attendance at Public Inquiry, input to a proposed Claybury Trust, preparation of open space details and a management plan for a Section 299A agreement, detailed design of the hard and soft landscape around listed building was carried out.

The final stage involved the preparation of a detailed planning application and administration of a contract for the implementation of a country park. The aim was to integrate the historical landscape, public access and safety, and wildlife conservation objectives for 90 hectares of neglected parkland, Ancient Woodland, scrub and former farmland open space, part under the ownership of Redbridge Council and part within the hospital grounds.
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