Ryde NicholsonEcologically Focused Business Park


KLA have been part of a multidisciplinary team helping deliver a vision for a new, ecologically focused, business park on the Isle of Wight. The site sits adjacent to a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and therefore special attention has been given to ensure proposals respect and integrate with the rich rural character of the area.
The site supports a network of mature, species-rich hedgerows which are important bat commuting routes and provide valuable habitat to invertebrates and other animals. In the emerging masterplan, an 8m buffer zone has been defined along retained hedgerows. These buffer zones will support semi-natural habitat for wildlife, and will exclude development in order to protect the integrity of hedgerow habitats. The proposal also looks to maximise the net gain to ecology and includes improved grassland planting and an extensive wetland that also functions as a retention basin for flood events. The resulting Business Park is one that is routed in the site’s Ecology and that promotes wellbeing while providing the required flexibility to business owners.

2018–2019
Isle of Wight, UK

Client

Isle of Wight Council

Architect

RCKA

Lead Consultant

Peter Brett

Lighting Consultant

Studio Dekka



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KLA have been part of a multidisciplinary team helping deliver a vision for a new, ecologically focused, business park on the Isle of Wight. The site sits adjacent to a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and therefore special attention has been given to ensure proposals respect and integrate with the rich rural character of the area.
Kinnear Landscape Architects
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