A large scale project in Dorset centred on a new swimming pool, the pool was installed by sub-contractors under our supervision to ensure that it’s positioning, which was crucial to the design, was accurate.

The existing area of lawn had to be stripped of topsoil, and then excavated further to create a level area in which the pool could sit, and then the pool itself was excavated before the sub-contractors carried out the pool installation.

The pool is surrounded by riven York stone paving, and beyond that lawns which were laid with turf. The pool coping, and adjacent step treads leading to the kitchen garden and pavilions are in sawn York stone.

Looking east we constructed a large freestanding brick wall 2 metres tall, with a reconstituted stone coping and ball finials. The wall separates the pool garden from the house and main gardens. On the opposite side of the wall, there is a lead cistern water feature housed in a niche in the wall created with Portland stone arch and flint background.

To the west we built a pair of timber pavilions on brick bases, which are raised compared to the pool level and therefore have full width steps running between them. There is a York stone paved terrace between the pavilions over which there is a green Oak pergola.

The view to the south shows a flight of steps through a grass bank to new glasshouse and kitchen garden.