The Corinium Museum team wanted to completely overhaul the design of the existing space which was uninviting and seldom used by visitors. They wanted the new garden to entice people outside during the day and to provide additional space for evening functions. They were very keen for the design to incorporate a covered area which would provide additional outdoor seating for customers using the cafe. They wanted plenty of space for visitors to sit and relax and it was important to make the space fully accessible to wheelchair users as well as families with small children. They wanted cottage garden style planting with interest all year round but to keep the amount of maintenance required to a minimum.
The Master Layout Plan shows the new paved seating area on the right covered by a large glass canopy, beside a new doorway to the cafe. A flowering evergreen climbing plant along back wall of the garden softens the view from inside the museum and provides a tranquil backdrop to the area.
Following the successful application for Heritage Lottery funding and subject to the appropriate planning permissions, the Corinium Museum garden is due to be built in 2019/20.
Existing garden viewed from inside
Birds eye view of the new garden design
I was delighted to be selected by the Corinium Museum in Cirencester for this project. The garden is to be renovated as part their Stone Age to Corinium: Discover the Archaeology of the Cotswolds project.
The space is surrounded by buildings and currently has an overhanging roof which is due to be removed to open up the space and make it feel more open, light and airy.
Master Layout Plan of the new Corinium Museum garden