Greggs | Manchester
DSA were engaged to provide landscape support for a planning application for a new Greggs factory in Openshaw, as part of a regeneration of East Manchester.
We conducted a thorough appraisal of the site and its context, including detailed aspects of the trees and ecology on site. This appraisal informed the site layout, positioning the building on the existing axis through Openshaw Park.
As this is a food site, hygiene is of paramount importance, meaning a simple, 'clean' approach was appropriate. Small blocks of native woodland and hornbeam hedge planting form the boundaries to the site, creating screening to the building from the park and surrounding houses.
A key feature of the landscape scheme are the specimen 'Royal Red' Norway Maples, which are a vivid red colour, turning golden yellow and orange in summer and autumn to add seasonal interest to the site, in what is a very urban context.
A method statement was written to remove Japanese Knotweed, a highly invasive non-native species, works completed in 2007.
Planning permission was secured rapidly in March 2007. A Landscape Management Plan (LMP) was written to guide the maintenance staff in the management of this new factory environment.