Groundwork Landscape Architects

Charles Morris House3 min read

Client: Housing 21

Location: Oldham, Greater Manchester

Background & Objectives:

Charles Morris House is a sheltered accommodation scheme run by Housing 21 in Oldham, Manchester.

Aware of Groundwork’s expertise in Landscape Architecture, Housing 21 approached Groundwork Greater Manchester in early 2020 as staff and residents wanted to connect existing patio areas and create more spaces to sit and walk.

Design Solution:

Charles Morris House

In spring 2020 Groundwork’s landscape architects presented examples of previous work & initial ideas to staff and residents at Charles Morris House. Thoughts were received and feedback forms and drawings left for those who couldn’t attend. From here, 3D visualisations were created and used to engage residents further before creating the final design.

The final design included:

  • Continuous walking route with different features and points of interest to connect all areas of the garden
  • Timber pergola, gazebo, and additional seating
  • Mixed planting of shrubs and perennials to give year-round and seasonal interest
  • Greenhouse and raised beds for food growing

Paul England & Sons won the tender and started work in November 2021, finishing in February 2022.


“The sensory garden at Charles Morris House has had a great positive impact on residents, certainly now as summer is approaching and the planted shrubbery starts to come through – residents and care staff at the court are excited to sit out on the benches and in the new gazebo. The new garden will accommodate our wheelchair and mobility scooter using residents which they are very happy with, it ensures inclusion for all of our residents.”

“Probably the two most mentioned features in the new garden space are the timber planters/connecting pergolas and the new ground finish – both compliment each other in colour, and the newly formed path connects all areas of the space, residents area really happy with the project.”

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