Designed in a glade of birch and Scots pine trees, the floating boardwalk creates a new route up to the Marshall Rose library. Our design is inspired by the idea of bringing the South Downs into the campus, through a Corten steel frame and an open mesh that would sit upon a sea of chalk wildflower meadow.
Working with the Topography
Winchester stands at the edge of the South Downs and thus the King Alfred’s Campus is no different; the current path to the Dytche is challenged by a 1:2 sloped embankment, forcing the current access to be stepped, making it inaccessible for wheelchair users.
Biodiversity Action Plan
Our landscape-led design evokes the strong sustainability values of the university, choosing instead to reuse many of the existing features of the site to create habitats that encourage biodiversity and balance. This extends through to the use of local suppliers to reduce the effects of supply transportation and carbon footprint, as well as the use of native trees and planting methods. Our planting palette promotes the university’s Biodiversity Action Plan, supporting the habitats of pollinators within the campus.
We propose the use of native trees and wildflower planting to inspire the feeling of floating above a glade of trees, which hug the reprofiled embankment. The existing timber sleeper step materials will be reused to create hibernacula and bug hotels, with the opportunity to involve students studying Animal Science and Sustainability.
We are excited to see the next stage of development.