Torquay's Cockington Court proves right landscape for designer
Redbay Design relocated to Cockington Court last summer and since then has seen a dramatic increase in business. The landscape consultancy was formed in 2006 by Nick Perrett who has built up the busy practice largely through client recommendations, working with architects, developers and private individuals and is soon to take on an additional member of staff to cope with demand. He explained: "Rachael Fenton joined the practice when I first moved here and Elsie Roulston has just started one day a week. "We're also about to start recruiting for another landscape architect to provide us with increased capacity and complementary skills. "We have been steadily growing since the business started and are currently involved in some very exciting projects including a camping and caravan Holiday Park in Looe, Cornwall, which is being redeveloped into a 110 timber lodge park. "The site is on a prominent hill and quite exposed, so we're working with the architect to reduce the visual impact and create a harmonious design." And Nick, a chartered landscape architect, explained that Redbay Design will work to integrate the lodges into the landscape, addressing concerns from council officers and the public at the design stage. "Much of the work we do is helping projects through the planning process, whether it's landscape appraisals or scheme design. We carry out visual impact assessments where we look at the character and sensitivity of a particular landscape and work with the project architect to devise a scheme which has the least visual impact on the surrounding area." For Redbay Design, working with developers in renewable energy has also proved to be a huge growth area over the last two years with the company also focused on the commercial sector, in particular the residential, hotel and leisure industry. Another project the team is involved in is rejuvenating the kitchen garden at Cockington into a Walled Art Garden. "Rachael is working closely with the Centre Director, Court studio holders and external partners said Nick. "It's a long term project to create an outdoor exhibition space that's relevant to the creative ethos of what's developing here whist maintaining the traditional aspects that visitors expect at Cockington." He added: "Cockington is a great place to work, it's always been part of my life and I love it here. The setting is fantastic and fits our business very well. I grew up in Torbay so it's fantastic to move back, build up a thriving business and to bring up a family." Torbay Mayor, and Executive Lead for Employment and Regeneration, Gordon Oliver, said: "Cockington Court is a very special place and it's wonderful that Nick and his team are enjoying so much success there. The Manor House, which is part of the innovation centre at Cockington, is an ideal place for creative industries such as landscape consultants and other designers. Marissa Wakefield, Cockington Court Centre Director, added: "It's been fascinating witnessing Redbay's exceptional talent which has led to the business growing so much. I am very pleased to be working with Redbay on the Walled Art Garden project. I am positive the project will prove to be a further added attraction for visitors." Cockington Court Craft Centre is run by Torbay Development Agency as a visitor attraction and innovation centre to support small creative businesses in the Bay.
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