Osprey Quay

Highly Commended in The Flora Locale Planting for Biodiversity Awards 2006

Osprey Quay is a former Royal Navy air station, in Portland Dorset, which hosted the sailing facilities for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Grant Associates worked with SWRDA as landscape design consultants for the mixed-use regeneration of Osprey Quay. The landscape strategy encourages use and enjoyment of the area by the public and provides a significant local ecological resource.

In 2006, Osprey Quay was highly commended at the Flora Locale Planting for Biodiversity Awards, and won a special award at the Weymouth Civic Society annual awards.

Design details:

  • 1km long planted flood bund forms a bold visual edge to Osprey Quay, enhancing the ecological integrity of Portland Road and Chesil Beach
  • Seeds of local coastal wildflower species were collected and planted in linear strips along the length of the bund
  • A series of ‘Snugs’ – sheltered and comfortable seating spaces – have been installed along the waterfront promenade, set within a 200-metre linear strip of common reed planting
  • Colourful vitreous enamel panels set on curved gabion walls guide visitors and highlight site entrances, as well as helping create a consistent visual language and identity throughout
  • Information badges on the observation point provide facts and insights into the surrounding area
  • ArchitectsFeilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • EngineersWhite Young Green
  • CollaboratorsThomas Matthews, Dorset County Ecology
  • LocationPortland, Dorset UK
  • Site area33 Hectares
  • ClientThe South West of England Regional Development Agency
  • Project value£10 million

Awards

Weymouth Civic Society Annual Awards Special Award

Planting for Biodiversity Awards Highly Commended