Overview

Over the years, we’ve built and restored many traditional formal gardens, but this was an exciting new challenge for us: a clean, sharp-edged contemporary garden in the context of a gorgeous Georgian property.
The scale of this job was immense, but for Walmsley Shaw, it was all about meticulous attention to detail, and working with no margin for error. Extremely tricky access to the site was another test for us.

Client's view

“We had put a huge amount of effort and energy into renovating the interior of our beautiful house, and we wanted our garden to reflect the same attention to detail and contemporary style. We were also very keen that it should work equally well for all the family, including our children.”

Designer's view

jano2“I wanted to create a garden with very distinct and self-contained areas, each of which would be dramatic, practical and exciting to be in – a real wow factor.

“As we were clearing the whole garden, apart from established trees, some quite complex levels had to be very precisely created. Also the topsoil had to be stored and reinstated once the heavy work was completed. The deadlines were tight, and the weather was some of the worst I have experienced!

“Walmsley Shaw dealt with all the challenges. They were reliable, and helpful in solving some of the unanticipated problems that arose. And they worked flat out to bring the job in on time.”

Jano williams, www.janowilliams.com

Builder's view

“Logistically, even more than creatively, this project was a massive challenge – largely because of very difficult access to the site, and limited storage. It felt as if managing all the tradesmen and craftsmen involved took more time and effort than the actual construction work!

“Precision was also crucial. For example, a key feature of the design was a sunken garden, with an integral garden room. This building sat 75mm below the height of the boundary wall with a tolerance of just 125mm from end. We’d worked with Jano before, so she knew that kind of accuracy wouldn’t phase us.”