Ashton Green | Leicester
DSA worked together with Baker Consultants on ecology and landscape work required to assist with the development plans at Ashton Green, Leicester. This was to enable the delivery of a strong ecology-led landscape incorporating sustainable drainage principles.
The three main elements of the scope were for:
1.Ecology Survey:review, update and prepare new, as necessary, ecology survey information.
2.Ecological Mitigation Plan (EMP):prepare a specification, outline design and cost plan for a schedule of pre-development ecology mitigation.
3.SuDS Proposals: integrated with the EMP, develop measures to enhance existing natural site drainage through the restoration of existing features and new SUDs proposals within the ecology corridors.
Ashton Green is an exciting opportunity to go beyond "SuDS" and into "Water Sensitive Urban Design", considering how people might relate to water in a more meaningful way, and using water to create places. The aim was to ensure that clear and robust SuDS landscape principles are established at the outset, to incorporate water, in a variety of forms, from wet woodland, grassland and marsh through to potentially open water, into the heart of the emerging plans for Ashton Green.
The output for the SuDS proposals element was a comprehensive package of drawing (both plans and sections), diagrams and illustration showing the general deposition, function and appearance (as well as crucially, the ecological composition)of the SuDS features across the site. This information is explained in a "Design Code" to establish a firm framework of requirements for the later more detailed design work. This gives the client a considerable amount of control over the quality and content of proposals put forward by developers of the site, to achieve the vision of an ecologically rich, viable and vital landscape.