Plaza and courtyard planting
With wildflower planting in pockets around the development, MCM supplied a low fertility topsoil blend to provide the nutrient levels required for a thriving soft landscape whilst suppressing the onset of invasive weeds across the planting scheme. With the client, we ensured the soil was tested, compliant and spot on in terms of the specified blend. The building was completed in December 2019 and is one of the greenest buildings in Winchester: rainwater recycling, solar photo voltaic panels and smart building management systems and hence a BREEAM Excellent rating – something reflected in the surrounding landscape, from the soil up.
“The development will provide an outstanding environment for our students and be a landmark in the city.” – Professor Joy Carter, University of Winchester Vice-Chancellor
The building, part of the £33 million development for the University, was designed by DEA Architects with the landscape designed by Land Use Consultants. The landscaping, completed by JP Dunn Construction, includes a courtyard, water garden, arrival plaza, embanked pocket green space with radial steps and an upper terrace.
The importance of choosing a reputable reliable soils supplier
MCM have worked with JP Dunn on this and similar projects for over 20 years.
“Matching the specification of the soils, meeting a tight delivery schedule and accommodating ongoing testing and certification were the key take-aways from our relationship with MCM as soil supplier for this project. As ever, the MCM team worked tirelessly to ensure the right soil arrived in the right place at the right time, every time – of utmost importance to us and our partners in this prestigious scheme.” – James Galloway, Procurement Director, JP Dunn Construction
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