Client: Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Location: Plymouth, Devon
Derriford Hospital provides the major focus for healthcare in the Plymouth region. In 2002 the hospital planned a major expansion as part of a reorganization of its services. The proposed expansion site lies within Plymouth International Business Park and is bounded by a sensitive landscape including a narrow stream valley, woodland and species rich grassland habitats.
We were appointed as environmental planning and landscape design consultants as part of a multi disciplinary team to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment, prepare an Environmental Statement and develop proposals for an outline planning application. Key elements included the provision of key worker accommodation, a diagnostic and treatment centre and an emergency link road.
The proposals were designed to minimise landscape and visual impacts. This was achieved by the retention of important landscape features wherever possible, including historic hedgebanks and key woodland vegetation.