Lakes at Rhosaman
The purpose was to enable a legacy supporting restoration to be funded through the remaining coal extraction and accrued restoration reserves. The project required the fusion of a range of multidisciplinary consultancy skills that brought together the best of extraction planning, environmental restoration, masterplanning, community regeneration, tourism, economic viability testing as well as community and stakeholder consultation. Community engagement was extensive involving stakeholders, schools and the local community who all played their part in helping to shape the proposals. The Land Trust came on board with the project in 2012 and helped to steer the site strategy and structure the delivery mechanisms.
The restoration Landscape Architect was responsible for developing the landform design from initial concept to final design including calculation of volumetrics, the integration of hydrogeological and geotechnical constraints, consideration of ecological diversification, design of surface water management features and landform adaptation to maximize legacy potential, all within the envelope of an acceptable landscape and visual context.
Not only were the traditional design skills of place making and landscape design fully utilized in the final masterplan, but more crucially a Landscape Architect directly conducted the final restoration landform and the multidisciplinary input required to make it economic and implementable. SLR’s involvement was integral and far reaching from the initial tender presentation to the client, through developing the restoration concept, initial costings, appraisal of the landscape setting, detailing the phased restoration, designing the detailed landform and land cover elements, and iteratively assessing the landscape and visual effects of the proposals.