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York Museum Gardens

Geoenvironmental, Civil, Building Services
  • LocationYork
  • Value£5.5m
  • ClientYork Museums Trust

This project saw the development of new landscaped gardens to link to the existing York museum, with the aim of generating new interest and opportunities for horticultural education.

As the site is part of a designated Conservation Area and Area of Archaeological Importance, and includes Scheduled Monuments, Listed Buildings and a Registered Park and Garden, all works had to be carried out in accordance with planning regulations, conditions of planning permission, Scheduled Monument Consent and Listed Building Consent.

Patrick Parsons’ geoenvironmental team were commissioned to review a site investigation report governing soil contamination at the site, which included an area of woodland with edible plants. A remediation strategy was provided in order to protect end-users from the known contaminants in the ground.

Civil engineering services provided on this scheme included the design of below ground drainage, all new hard standing areas and vehicle manoeuvres checks on the new access road.

Detailed electrical designs were provided for the modern LED lighting scheme that was incorporated into the footpaths through the Artist’s Garden, Edible Wood and Garden of Yorkshire Flowers, as well as a fibre optic link between the museum and art gallery. The lighting was designed in conjunction with the client to be functional, discrete and effective, to create a stimulating and safe environment. The lighting also highlighted key historical features within the medieval wall.