Situated on Lakes Avenue, adjacent to Redcar Racecourse is The Rose Garden, a fabricated area using man-made materials to create decorative rose flower shapes. However, on an extremely wet and cold March day in 2019, on our first visit, it wasn’t as aesthetically pleasing as its name might have suggested!
Covered in a variety of brambles and weeds, a slightly overgrown tree, neglected rose bushes and a crumbling retaining wall, it was clear to see why the engineers at Redcar and Cleveland Council were keen to overhaul this once decorative piece of landscaping.
We were awarded the tender to work on the project by Redcar and Cleveland Council (RCC) in early 2019. From that point, some of the design elements from the original drawings were altered, and RCC also employed the services of an independent steel fabricator to create iconic rose templates. With a number of third parties involved at the early stages of the project, a great deal of skill, time and effort was applied to help create a successful delivery of the results!
The design has always been focused on the origins of the area, which have for many years been the rose garden. With council upkeep and maintenance becoming prohibitively expensive, a new concept evolved which would offer exceptional aesthetic appearance with practically no onward maintenance. This would also mean very little cost to maintain in the long term. Once RCC had successfully repaired and prepared the area to our agreed specification, bringing their vision to life could begin…!
Having taken the decision to preserve a tree to one end, three large and imposing rose templates were fabricated and placed equally along the remaining space. The roses have been carefully infilled using a 30mm specialist coated red aggregate, all of which has been mixed and hand-laid on site by our HMS in-house team.
In keeping with the roses themselves, all the surrounding area has been similarly surfaced using the same SUDS compliant porous paving product, but using a completely natural golden aggregate to give a uniform yet strikingly contrasting finish.
At a total surface area of around 130m², this project is possibly one of the most intricate designs HMS has ever completed, and makes an absolutely massive difference to the area. Ongoing maintenance will be kept to a minimum, and thanks to the construction, will be tough enough to take the weight of a vehicle, all while being fully porous and environmentally friendly. We have worked closely with RCC to ensure we provided the best solution to an initially challenging project!
HMS would like to thank the exceptionally skilled work of Rich Ross at RJ Fabrication for his amazing contribution to this project.