The National Trust for Scotland appointed OPEN to carry out works at Culzean Castle in January 2016. Culzean Castle is a Grade A Listed Robert Adam masterpiece of international significance. The Estate constitutes some 560 acres of land and is their only property to be considered 'outstanding' in every category of the Historic Environment Scotland criteria within the Inventory of Designed and Historic Gardens. Culzean is also within a designated “Scenic Area” within the adopted Local Development Plan due to its coastal setting on the Firth of Clyde and views to Ailsa Craig and the western isles.
Nina was project landscape architect and contract administrator for the design and delivery of the visitor access and infrastructure improvements within the grounds of Culzean Castle. Her role was to develop and deliver detailed proposals for circulation to aid navigation and visitor interpretation of the gardens historic structure while reinstating connections between listed buildings and the castle’s dramatic coastal setting.
As lead consultants OPEN were responsible for project management, the preparation of design and access statement, full planning permission, stakeholder consultation, preparation of tender documentation and assessment of tender returns and full contract administration duties on site.
Nina played a key project role and coordinated directly with the client, design team and contractors. She was responsible for the management and administration for the 2 contractors delivering parallel hard and soft landscape works with a tight programme of delivery that ran across the Castle's 2016 winter season in preparation for completion and re-opening by Easter 2017.
client: National Trust for Scotland
landscape architect/ lead consultant: OPEN
Structural and Civil engineers: David Narro Associates
transport engineer: Transport planning
Ecology: Karen Findlay
Principle designer: CDM Scotland
Contractors: P1 solutions (advanced works), Caley construction (main works
Gross.Max and Haptic Architects won the open competition to deliver a new central square for the town of Straume Norway in 2012. Apartments, shops and a hotel were organised around the public square to create a variety of public and semi-public spaces. The square included open lawns, a stand of pine trees, sculptural feature lighting a stepped water feature and textured paving designs in Norwegian granite. Phase 1 was complete and included a temporary play area with colourful softfall and play elements. The landscape was designed to connect the adjacent architecture across the square - linking them with smaller routes and desire lines.
Nina was responsible for design development and coordination with client and design team up to detailed design stage when the scheme was handed over to a local consultant for delivery. The first phase was complete and opened to the public in 2015.
Client: Sartor Holdings
Architect (lead consultant): Haptic Architects with Nordic Architects
North Kyle Forest is part of the National Forest Estate managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland, an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland. This 4000 ha site contains former opencast coal mines, commercial forestry, the South West Scotland Interconnector, a SSSI and areas of natural and geological interest. It is situated within an area of East Ayrshire that has seen wider economic decline and the collapse of key industries.
East Ayrshire is often perceived as lacking in interest because of its post-industrial character when in fact its natural resources and meandering rivers make it rich in both built and natural heritage. The Forestry Commission Scotland commissioned OPEN to develop a 30-year masterplan in order to establish a collaborative vision which reconnects communities to their natural heritage, strengthens their sense of pride and inspires stewardship of the land around them.
Nina was project landscape architect working closely with the client team at FCS and local community groups to develop the proposals and present them graphically.
Due to the industrial nature of activity within the forest area there are no authoritative maps of the routes that cross it. As a result, traces of mining paths between villages are being lost and the land once at the heart of the surrounding communities has become an unnavigable and ever changing barrier separating them.
A major part of the masterplan was to consolidate disjointed sources of existing information; restoration plans, forest management plans, energy networks, local walking routes and historic maps to build up a complete picture of the forest structure - past, present and future.
A project timeline was developed to visualise key project stages, structure the multi-faceted approach and work towards the 30 year goal.
In parallel with spatial proposals the masterplan suggested potential project partnerships and sources for grant aid funding to create an environment that enables economic, environmental and social regeneration locally.
In 2017 the East Ayrshire’s Coalfield Communities landscape partnership received confirmation that they were in line for £2.56m of Heritage Lottery Funding. This will allow the pioneer stage of the Forestry Commission Scotland Masterplan to be undertaken including a full historical record of the mining communities of the North Kyle Forest.
North Kyle Forest Masterplan was selected as winner of the 2017 Landscape Institute Award for strategic landscape planning.
client: forestry commission Scotland
landscape architect: OPEN
economic planners: Rydens
Geo-environmental consultants: Mason Evans
Belfast Streets Ahead phase 3
OPEN was part of the successful team appointed through competitive tender for Belfast Streets Ahead Phase 3 (BSA Phase 3). The third phase of the Belfast Streets Ahead programme concentrates on the major streets in the north of the city centre. The project will complement the works completed during the Belfast Streets Ahead Phase 1 project and will interface with Fielden Clegg Bradley architects plans for Ulster University’s Belfast campus.
Whilst with OPEN Nina was project Landscape Architect on Belfast Streets Ahead phase 3 undertaking project management and coordination with the wider project team to develop the detailed design proposals that formed the basis of the major planning application and OJEU tender technical drawing set.
Extensive consultation was undertaken through interactive workshops to engage with key stakeholders, including representatives from Transport NI, Belfast City Council, Ulster University and the Cathedral Quarter Trust. The workshops generated a workbook of opinions and spatial sketches to summarise and guide the client brief and landscape designs.
Landscape proposals use natural stone and refined street furniture to provide a transition in character between the city centre and ‘cultural quarter’ to the north. Cathedral Gardens will be an important new piece of public realm, blurring the lines between a park, a garden and a square to create a green anchor connecting the city centre with its neighbouring communities. The gardens are centred around a naturalised, sensory planting palette that changes with the season and provides botanical delight in the heart of the city centre.
This major city centre scheme was granted planning permission in 2016 and is awaiting award of the contract to the successful contractor team.
After a two phase landscape architecture competition GROSS.MAX. with Sutherland Hussey Architects were selected from the international shortlist to transform the former Templehof Airport into what would become one of the largest parks in Europe.
Nina was part of the small team during the competition phase who produced the winning body of work; drawings, visualisations and diagrams that portrayed the parks 25 year transformation.
The winning proposal and shortlisted entries were exhibited by the client Grün Berlin within the former airport terminal following the announcement and was included in the Royal Scottish Academy Architecture exhibition 2012.
As part of the City of London's Development Plan GROSS.MAX were appointed to produce an Area Strategy for West Smithfield- a historic area with a diverse mix of institutions within it's boundary including; Smithfield Market, St Bartholomew's Hospital and the Churches of St Bartholomew the Great and the Less.
In light of the Crossrail proposals for Farringdon Station the area strategy was developed to provide supplementary planning guidance for consideration in the creation of public space and highlight opportunities within the area for future development and public realm improvements.
Nina was responsible for the compilation of the Area Strategy report, the translation of research and reference material from the Client and into diagrams, plans and proposals to illustrate the aspirations for future development within the area.
West Smithfield Area Strategy was adopted as a supplementary planning document in 2013.
Whilst at OPEN Nina was project landscape architect and developed the landscape proposals for Charlie House. The new centre for Charlie House is situated within the grounds of Woodend Hospital Aberdeen and will provide short breaks, respite, palliative and end of life care for children and young people with multiple disabilities, life limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families in the North-east of Scotland.
The children and young people attending the centre for short breaks and care services have varying, often multiple needs and require the use of many different pieces of specialist equipment and wheelchairs and as such required special consideration during the design stage. The environment will need to cater for children and young people with multiple needs and variable mobility. The gardens should be immersive, stimulating and provide a quality of experience that is different to that of a typical hospital environment.
The a series of sensory landscape rooms provide space for the children, young people and their families visiting the centre to interact, play, and participate in events and activities hosted by Charlie House as well offer areas within the grounds to reflect and have time alone.
Stratford Public Realm was delivered in time for the London 2012 Olympics to create an enhanced public realm experience within Stratford Town Centre. Gross.Max undertook the proposals for The Broadway with its historic character and the Railway Tree crossing that connects Stratford Station with Stratford High Street.
Nina was project landscape architect responsible for the project management and coordination of proposals with the architect led team and presenting proposals to the community, accessibility groups and key stakeholders.
French limestone paving creates a pale island that tessellates and blends from active shop fronts into the Irish blue limestone which envelops the historic church yard along the length of The Broadway. Street furniture and paraphernalia was rationalised to priorities pedestrian movements and improve navigation. Overall, the new public realm together with SEWs vertical kinetic titanium sculpture 'The Shoal' aim to change existing perceptions and establish Stratford Town Centre as a destination in its own right.
Client: Cathedral group & London Borough of Newham
Architect (lead consultant): Studio Egret West
Landscape Architect: Gross.Max
Civil and structural engineering: Martin Stockly Associates
Three traditional timber huts sit on the ice - bright, colourful dots punctuating the frozen white river-scape.
Our idea for the warming huts is to create an interactive space on the skate path. Each hut can be manoeuvred apart on its sledge base revealing an individual sheltered bench. The shelters will have a colourful perspex roof to maximise their warmth and solar powered lighting to illuminate them at night. A GPS device will track the movement and interactions.
Activated by the skaters, the individual shelters can be moved and reconfigured into any arrangement to find warmth and shelter from the weather. Trap heat from the sun, shelter from the wind, admire a specific view, group them to create a meeting space or illuminate the landscape at night.
This will be a playful interactive space, an undefined site, which will dance and drift along the ice, recording its patterns and movements.
Client: Warming Huts: An Art + Architecture Competition on Ice