Parks & Public Realm

Cathedral Close, Hereford

Client: Dean & Chapter, Hereford Cathedral

Following our redesign of the Chapter House garden, commissioned by the Friends of Hereford Cathedral, the partnership was commissioned by the Dean and Chapter to prepare a detailed landscape masterplan which has transformed and rejuvenated this historically significant and well-used public space in the centre of Hereford.

The scheme, part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, creates a much improved setting for the Cathedral, enhances wayfinding and provides a series of practical spaces that draw on the rich history of the site in their robust but elegant detailing. The design involves the use of local materials throughout and includes a new stone-paved space at the west front, restored railings, realigned and resurfaced paths, planting of semi-mature trees and a new garden in the Lady Arbour Cloisters. Seats were made from locally grown oak donated by Herefordshire landowners and carved by Jim Partridge.