Reception and Environment Centre


This project included the detailed hard and soft landscape design for a new signature building within Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst Campus. The landscape sought to integrate the new building into the existing historic designed landscape. A new plaza at the entrance of the building relates directly to the existing library and flows through the new building to meet an internal courtyard that opens out onto the designed landscape beyond. Under the canopy of a retained maple tree, a raised lawn overlooks a sunken plaza with mirror pool, providing viewers with a sense of tranquility and space to relax.

Critical to the success of this scheme was Urban Wilderness’ advocacy for the importance of landscape design in the delivery of such a landmark building. The landscape and architecture now work seamlessly together at the gateway of the university campus.

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“At Brackenhurst we have successfully overcome a variety of challenges to ensure the safeguarding of the site’s mature Maple Tree. This feature now forms the focal centre within the new REC courtyard and anchors the design within the existing landscape”


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