Public Realm – Roundfield


Blue Green Landscape

Lawrenny Village

This project began when the team led by Emmett Russell architects won the RIBA Lawrenny Sustainable Housing Competition for a site in an historic village in the Pembrokeshire National Park. Along with the detailed design of the external layout of the scheme, Roundfield were tasked with designing a robust, adaptable and multi functional village square capable of acting as both meeting place and market place. The resulting design integrates blue green design principles to support SuDS requirements and legacy tree planting within the framework of a generous square surfaced with local natural stone. The design has been described as an ‘exemplar of rural development in Wales’ by the Design Commission for Wales. "Our project sets out to challenge the current emphasis on generic ‘one-size fits all’ eco-homes and to offer a new model that responds to local conditions. Our proposal uses local materials, learns from local forms and marries the technology of...

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Stroud Town Square

We're honoured to be working with Stroud Town Council in renewing this vital public space. The Subscription Rooms is a busy vibrant multi-purpose community arts Centre in the heart of Stroud with first-class facilities hosting year-round arts and entertainment, live music, concerts, dances, comedy, exhibitions, workshops, classes, and markets. Its forecourt is the closest thing Stroud has to a Town Square. It is a central open space flanked by shops on three sides and the Sub Rooms itself on the other. It is a public space that plays a vital role in defining the character of the Town. It is a key area for outdoor events for the town and surrounding area as well as an area for recreation and public activism. Alongside the town council and Child Sulzmann architects we've engaged with the town community and stakeholders to develop a concept design. Work continues...

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Stour Valley Park

Roundfield are working as project partners to Landstory on this exciting project. In 2020 the team were commissioned by the Bournemouth Parks Foundation to support the delivery of the Stour Valley Park. The vision is to create a regional park that utilises around 25km of the lower river Stour from the National Trust property at Kingston Lacy right down to the coast. The initial project aims are to improve access for recreation, to enhance the river for wildlife and to tie this into the health and well-being agenda. Work began with a community engagement strategy to ensure that this project is driven and shaped by the people who live and work in the Stour Valley. Strategic development work is ongoing, in close collaboration with local residents and stakeholders. For more information see

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Re-imagining the garden city

We were thrilled to be shortlisted for the Re-Imagining the Garden City Design Ideas Competition, launched by the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation. Our fantastic team included Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and Etude Sustainability Engineers Drawing on Ebenezer Howard’s original vision for Letchworth, our proposal for Letchworth’s new garden city is for a vibrant, economically and environmentally sustainable development which supports and involves a growing community. Our landscape-led masterplan embeds the principles of urban agriculture, landscape maintenance and land management training into the core of the place, celebrating connections to the rural landscape and providing new facilities for the whole town. A Landscape Led Development Key to this masterplan is a strong relationship with the environment. The landscape infrastructure draws on the existing green routes through the site. It extends and connects to the greenway, offering different types of recreational space in Letchworth to attract people from the existing town and surrounding areas. This...

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Frome’s Missing Cycle Link

We are pleased to be working with Frome’s Missing Links, a charity that began life in 2010 as a campaign for better and safer walking and cycling routes in Frome with better connections to neighbouring towns and villages. The groups goal is to develop traffic-free routes with gentle gradients suitable for all ages and abilities. Having been part of transition initiative Sustainable Frome, Frome’s Missing Links was set up as an independent charitable organisation in 2016 and is working closely with Sustrans. Roundfield have produced feasibility design study with a brief to focus on the most strategically difficult part of the missing link in the cycle route, the safe crossing of the A362 . Extensive reconnaissance of the local area was carried out in order to explore the options available. Once criteria had been established the area of investigation became more focused (e.g. due to topography). Five crossing options were identified...

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Lockleaze Design Study

We worked with Emmett Russell Architects on behalf of Bristol City Council to provide landscape and urban design guidance for the future development of the former Lockleaze School Site (Romney House) that sits between Lockleaze and the new Cheswick Village development. The design and planning brief sets out a future vision for approximately 269 1-4 bed residential units. We developed 3 main street typologies that stitch into the existing street pattern, and allow for a central 'linear green' that extends into the heart of the site from the adjacent listed Stoke Park. The proposed hub creates a high quality shared space that acts as the interface with the linear green, providing an arrival space as well as a focal point. The multifunctional and layered approach to the landscape seeks to incorporate Stockholm tree pits to attenuate storm water, swales, natural play features, wildflower and legacy tree planting. We have recently been appointed to develop the scheme to...

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The Camel Shed Garden

We are very excited to be working with Frome Town Council to redesign and build a pocket park on the site of the Singer Foundry Workshop. The site is steeped in the history of Frome having been the site of the foundry that created some of the most iconic statuary in the UK. The workshop that stood on the site was known as the camel shed as this is where a famous statue of ‘Gordon of Khartoum’ atop a camel was cast in 1889. The site also features the factory gantry that was used to move the heavy bronze casts, this 9 tonne industrial relic is going to be restored and moved and will act as a feature piece. As an area identified as a problem zone by the council and residents in the surrounding area due to the original awkward design we embarked on an extensive programme of community engagement...

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River garden

Dart Marina River Garden

Dart Marina Hotel & Spa underwent a refurbishment to the restaurant in early 2102, which provided the catalyst for Roundfield to improve the outlook from the new restaurant terrace, whilst creating usable green space to the front of the hotel environment from an underused area of tarmac. This became known as the River Garden and has been designed for all year round use and enjoyment by providing a stunning setting that successfully links the Hotel reception and restaurant terrace to the River Dart. Stage two of this project was completed in June 2015, which involved the redesign of the entrance sequence from the road junction to the front doors of the hotel. As well as providing a strong element of planting throughout, this phase included a yorkstone cobbled drop off area and widened stair case with reconfigured disabled access. Roundfield worked with art and design consultancy Ginkgo projects on this scheme from...

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Forward Space

We are delighted by the positive response to the new garden we designed and planted at our co-working hub, Forward Space, at The Old Church School, in Frome. Roundfield were given the task to design a series of small courtyard spaces in and around the co-working complex. We incorporated a selection of textured woodland plants and ferns as an understorey to densely spaced Birch trees to give the garden height and break up the harsh lines of the new industrial style building. Climbers utilise the wall space on the original old building, and occasional splashes of colour emerge amongst the greenery such as Foxgloves and edible flowers like the Daylily. The interesting collection of ferns also includes a tree fern which has been a delight to watch unfurl over the past few weeks. Incorporated in the design is a variety of edible plants which will hopefully find their way into...

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