Lewis Goes for Gold

Lewis Williams – a graduate engineer based in our Manchester office – is submitting a show garden design into this year?s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS not to be confused with Rolled Hollow Section) Young Designer of the Year competition. The competition is run annually and three winning entrants win the opportunity to build their show garden at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 2012.

Don’t worry, Lewis isn’t going permanently green fingered…With Acies’ involvement in residential projects, Lewis has been able to see first-hand the common problems that high density housing creates. With this in mind Lewis has designed a shared garden for a real life high density housing estate within the North West to highlight the issue, and to promote Acies? residential experience in the process.

By taking a typical high density housing estate Lewis has selected 8 houses with adjoining rear gardens. The shared garden has then been formed centrally within the 8 gardens by using a third of each of the surrounding gardens. This increases the home owners? useable outdoor space, whilst maintaining a private garden for their own personal use.

The garden aims to strengthen neighbourhood communities by bringing people together with a social seating and cooking area. On a practical level, the form of the garden has been designed to tackle the drainage issues created by high density housing. Traditional drainage systems result in large drainage networks, not only putting a large demand on the surrounding drainage infrastructure, but also producing unnecessary excavations and costs to the developer. With the use of SuDS, Lewis has designed the garden to store and attenuate rainwater runoff from the surrounding 8 houses to infiltrate or safely discharge into the public sewers.

As a structural engineer, Lewis has incorporated engineering technologies and materials into the garden’s design. Glulam timber forms the structure in the garden supporting the solar sails over the seating area. The organic curves of the raised planting beds are formed in environmentally friendly limecrete, and part of the rainwater runoff is stored within geocellular units.

Acies is supporting Lewis in his competition entry, and has teamed up with Kirman Design – a Manchester based design and landscaping company who have already won gold medals for their work – who are involved with the management and coordination of the garden’s design and build.

Lewis has submitted his garden design to the RHS, and the winning three entrants will be selected in the next few months to build their gardens in July at Tatton Park. Acies Group and Kirman Design are ‘going for gold’ and to help realise the design we require additional sponsorship for the show garden. With a footfall of over 120,000 people at the show and the numerous TV and media opportunities available, our show garden provides a unique publicity platform for anyone in the engineering industry. If you think you would be interested in coming on board, please contact Lewis Williams in our Manchester office.

Additional information about the garden can be found at the following link: