Kingshurst Academy, Birmingham
Major refurbishment and extension works were carried out at Kingshurst Academy. Smeeden Foreman was commissioned to design the landscape hard and softworks.
The main aim of the landscape design at Kingshurst Academy was to link a new four storey building with the existing building whilst allowing a high degree of permeability in a relatively confined space. This was achieved through the use of curvilinear block paved and resin bound patterns across a level area with groves of birch trees. Levels were a challenge and so a sweep of steps and ramps were proposed to maintain permeability. Ecological aims of the academy were enhanced through the use of native trees, wetland and grassland species and their use in a sustainable drainage system—two swales—which form a feature at the front of the academy.