The project brief was to use the existing building and landscape to create an environment for DISH (Dine in Southall). The overarching aim being to create a unique and commercially viable business that would:
- provide jobs and training opportunities for local residents in catering and hospitality;
- support local businesses; and
- enable ‘place making’ objectives for Southall
...all while reintegrating the historic asset and adjacent gardens.
The biggest challenge of this project was to integrate the historic manor house back into its eclectic environment. The historic building had been neglected for years, cut off from its surroundings by iron railings and a rather brutal civic square.
The architects – Architecture00 – proposed a building with a mixture of functions including a traditional restaurant and bar (to generate revenue), an education space, community work spaces and a flexible function space that could expand out into the garden as required. The landscape proposals needed to sensitively set the historic building into its new context whilst unifying all these functions. SEED Landscape Design worked closely with Architecture00 in the production of their landscape feasibility study, which then informed their brief and the subsequent planning application.
This was an important and sensitive project for Ealing: the Manor House is a Grade II* listed building and there was a lot of local sensitivity about the proposed changes to the building and adjacent parkland.
By involving Cultivate London, SEED also succeeded in securing an evolving and exciting future for the landscape, as well as providing the charity with a canvas on which to do what they do best; having a positive and long-term impact on the lives of young people and change the way Londoners think about their fresh produce and where it comes from. The relationship between DISH and Cultivate London will continue through Auberon and also hopefully through Cole (who is one of the success stories of Cultivate London) as he looks to leave the charity and set up his own business.
The visual aspect of the landscape has also been successful and the building and landscape are now sensitively integrated within their various contexts. The house and landscape is now open, engaging and welcoming. This together with Cultivate London’s use of the garden for its social betterment mission is perhaps the greatest proof of the project’s success.
DISH (Dine In Southall), Southall Manor House
Brownfield, commercial and industrial
SEED_landscape design Ltd
London Borough of Ealing
The project brief was to use the existing building and landscape to create an environment for DISH (Dine in Southall). The overarching aim being to create a unique and commercially viable business that would: - provide jobs and training opportunities for local residents in catering and hospitality; - support local businesses; and - enable ‘place making’ objectives for Southall ...all whilst reintegrating the historic asset and adjacent gardens. Specifically, we were asked by Ealing Borough Council to implement the following elements from our feasibility study. These elements were: 1. To create a sense of arrival for diners and functions guests as well as to create a presence along the main road (The Green). 2. To create a community focused entrance that relates to the new urban square around the war memorial. 3. To create landscape courtyards between the existing Manor House and the new contemporary extension. 4. To create a flexible function space associated with the new extension that can accommodate a marquee.
Finalist, Landscape Institute Awards 2019
Client: London Borough of Ealing Main Contractor: Lengard Landscape Contractor: ESL Landscape Contractors Landscape Maintenance: Cultivate London Architect: Architecture00 Structure Engineer and Architectural Historian: Alan Baxter Associates Quantity Surveyor and Contract Administrator: ARTELIA UK
Local planning authority or government body
Ealing London Borough Council
Total Construction Budget £1.9m. Landscape Budget: £200,000.
The contract was a JCT Intermediate contract, which was administrated by the contract administrator. The architects were the lead consultants and we were subcontracted to them. The success of this project lies in its community focus, which has been made possible in large part by the collaboration with Cultivate London. Cultivate London is a charitable social enterprise based across west London. They train unemployed young people in landscaping and horticulture, and work to engage local communities in growing food. Cultivate London aims to have a long-term impact on the lives of young people and to change the way Londoners think about their food and where it comes from. At DISH, Cultivate London have been looking after and developing the produce and spice garden, as well as maintaining the seed garden, the espaliered apples and the picnic lawn. We felt strongly that they should be involved with the project at an early stage and fought hard to bring them on board. Ealing Council have been very supportive of this approach.