We assisted Key Elliot architects and Ginkgo Projects in early 2012 to secure planning permission to redevelop the former Palm Court Hotel, Torquay into a new six-storey mixed-use development for this important brownfield seafront site.
The proposals include significant improvements to the wider setting of the development; a new shared space scheme prioritises pedestrian movement between the waterfront, promenade and nearby listed Royal Terrace Gardens whilst successfully accommodating 14,000 vehicles per day.
The Mediterranean planting is designed for low maintenance and extends the theme used along Royal Terrace Gardens, whilst new mature Canary Island Date Palms provide shading along the frontage of the building, chosen to typify the ‘riviera’ character of the Torbay area.
Planters and low level planting provide a permeable space between the road and seating areas which successfully addresses the transition from retail and cafe/restaurant terrace to public space.
Client: Havard Tisdale
Photo credit: John Couch