Planning permission secured for 67 apartments



BoonBrown are delighted to announce that alongside clients Allerton, we have now secured planning permission for 67 apartments across three blocks on the Cherry Tree Pub site in Peterborough.

Our application was recommended for approval by the Planning Officer, and later approved under delegated powers without going to Planning Committee.

The team really enjoyed evolving this design, which included some challenging constraints, such as retention and the sensitive conversion and extension of the locally listed Cherry Tree Pub. The site also offered an opportunity to bridge between larger five story apartments to the east, and two story housing to the west, allowing for the creation of hybrid typologies with front facing gables and flat roofs.

BoonBrown appointed on Chelsea Embankment Gardens



BoonBrown Landscape Architects are extremely excited to be working alongside the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Chelsea Steering Group and Chelsea Physic Garden to develop and enhance the Chelsea Embankment Gardens.

Our vision for the gardens centres around visually uniting the two spaces, through the use of repetition in planting types between the sites, using naturalistic, drought-tolerant planting – creating a strong design language between the gardens. Swathes of bulbs and informal blocks of planting, alongside multi-stemmed ornamental trees will provide visual screening, whilst enlivening the spaces with colour and seasonal interest.

We have aspirations to obtain funding to restore the Dante Gabriel Rossetti fountain back to its former glory as a working drinking fountain and as a bid to cut the use of single-use plastics – encouraging people to fill up their bottles at the fountain. Further enhancements to the statues within the gardens will include the provision of formal yew hedging as a framing device and as a nod to historic Tudor parterres, whilst solar-powered up-lighting will also serve to enhance their setting.

As an homage to Elizabeth I, a black mulberry tree will be planted within the gardens, as an historical link to the mulberry trees said to have been planted by Queen Elizabeth I at King Henry VIII’s Manor House (now occupied by No.s 19-26 Cheyne Walk). In honour of the late Queen Elizabeth II, a tulip tree will also be planted in her memory.

Planting beds are to undergo arboricultural works to enhance the health and longevity of existing tree stock, whilst infill woodland planting will break up the current gaps in planting, injecting colour, structure and seasonal interest within the existing beds. Our team of Chartered Landscape Architects have chosen plant species for their ornamental qualities, drought-tolerance and biodiversity value, with input and guidance from Chelsea Physic Garden. Further ecological measures will be introduced in the form of ornate ‘bug hotels’, the design of which is to be guided through the input of local school children and will provide a mini nature trail within the gardens. With ecological guidance, potential locations for bat and bird boxes will also be explored.

BoonBrown Landscape Architects are looking forward to bringing the design ideas to fruition, reinvigorating the gardens and injecting much needed colour and life back into the gardens for the benefit of local people and visitors to this beautiful spot.

Full planning application submitted for a new 24,000m² factory for Numatic International



We are really pleased to announce that BoonBrown has submitted a full planning application for a new factory in Chard, Somerset for Numatic International!

This development will streamline the production process of the popular Henry model vacuum cleaner, from raw materials to finished product, all in one facility to meet increased demand.

The building is a considerable size and provides 24,000m² of new floor space. It has been designed to accommodate several interlinked functions and makes use of sustainable technologies including PV panels, brown roofs and landscape mitigation measures.

Watch this space as we update you with the progress of our application!

BoonBrown appointed on Dorset Centre of Excellence



We are excited to announce that we have been appointed as Project Architect, Landscape Architect and Principal Designer for The Dorset Centre of Excellence!

We are proud to be leading the design team and observe the transformation as the beautiful building and grounds are sympathetically refurbished.

We have been appointed as the architects for Phase 2 of the development of the Dorset Centre of Excellence, on the former St Mary’s School site in Shaftesbury.

We have already been working in partnership with Dorset Council UK to design the landscaping for the site, which includes Dorset’s new school for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), Coombe House School.

Phase 2 will see the further development of The Dorset Centre of Excellence, a centre of learning for professionals working with children and young people and a community resource.

It will offer training and courses, making use of the state-of-the-art facilities, including provision for arts, culture, music and sport.

St Frideswide Farm gets the go ahead



Our proposals for 134 homes at St Frideswide Farm, being developed by Croudace Homes Limited, has received a unanimous resolution to approve from Oxford City Council.

It includes a variety of typologies from apartments to houses and self-build plots, set within generous landscaped public open space, with community pavilion and play areas.

Cycling is promoted alongside integrated private parking. Additionally, sustainable measures include renewable energy from photovoltaic panels and a sculpted water attenuation basin.

BoonBrown appointed on Abri's Planning Consultants Framework



BoonBrown is delighted to be awarded first place on Abri’s Planning Consultant Framework, announced recently.

Formed in November 2019 by a merger between Radian Group and Yarlington Housing Group, Abri is a not-for-profit organisation, providing more than 35,000 homes in the south and south west of England.  Abri is committed to investing in local communities to make them stronger and more vibrant, whilst helping provide homes to those who really need them.

Commenting on the appointment, Matt Frost, Town Planning Director at BoonBrown, said: “ This is great news for BoonBrown – we look forward to strengthening our existing relationships with Abri to assist in their aim to provide homes and to build communities across the South of England.”

BoonBrown Brixton office goes live



After many months of planning and anticipation, we have finally moved into our new London office in the newly renovated Tunstall Hall building, located at Bernay’s Grove, Brixton.

“We have taken the step to relocate our London Studio to Brixton and are really pleased to move into our new purpose-built studio! We are delighted to be a part of the Brixton community and are excited for opportunities to embed ourselves within local culture and activity. Our new studio provides the practice with opportunities to expand and this commitment was the next logical step for BoonBrown’s business growth strategy.”

Abigail Baggley, Director of Architecture at BoonBrown.