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  • Award Winners 2012

    Design over 5ha

    Photography Horizon Images
    WINNER
    Coworth Park, Dorchester Collection, Berkshire


    In 2006, the Dorchester Collection commissioned a select team to prepare designs for a full planning application for a new 6* hotel and spa at Coworth Park. The 240 acre site included the derelict historic manor house with neglected gardens, stables, cottages and two polo pitches. Six years later, the new Dorchester hotel and spa has won numerous awards and sits within a magnificent restored landscape.
    Macfarlane Wilder was involved from initial stages of inception to completion, over a period of five years. In designing the 14 ha of land surrounding the Coworth Park Hotel, Macfarlane Wilder had to meet client expectations to deliver a high quality new landscape as well as being sensitive to the local historic heritage of the scheme.

    The judges commented: ‘This was an ambitious and sensitive transformation of significant lost heritage landscape into a successful commercial asset. It was an extraordinary synthesis of traditional and contemporary design in a challenging planning context, resulting in an exemplary luxury destination.’

    Landscape architect: Macfarlane Wilder.
    Client: Dorchester Collection.
    Architects: Purcell Miller Tritton, EPR.
    Engineers: Wallace Whittle, Considere Engineers, AKS Ward, Bellamy Roberts.
    Main contractor:
    Galliford Try.
    Landscape contractor: Elite Landscapes.
    Project manager: Buro 4.
    Planning consultant: Gregory Gray Associates.

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