The process of developing a whole site strategy involves 7 stages:
1 – Introductory Briefing
Schools who are interested in a whole site planning approach contact the Schools Landscape Programme to register their interest in attending. Following the briefing each school who is joining the forthcoming programme will arrange an initial visit from one of the teams Landscape Architects.
2 – Planning Meeting
This key meeting follows the initial visit. It is the first opportunity for your Landscape Architect Advisor and Steering Group to meet and plan the way forward
3 – Gathering Information
Each school undertakes activities such as questionnaires and walkabouts. This information is summarised in a way that allows it to be shared with others.
4 – Residency
The Landscape Architect spends one or more days as a ‘resident' at the school, meeting various groups and representatives and becoming familiar with the site and the key points that have arisen from the information gathering.
5 – Site Evaluation
Using the information fed back during the Residency, the Landscape Architect prepares a site evaluation report . This resource enables the school to share its findings as widely as possible so that everyone involved has a deeper understanding of the issues and opportunities before planning change.
6 – Exploring options
Using the findings from the Evaluation, this stage, also known as 'Zoning', explores broad options in terms of the layout and arrangement of spaces, resolving any site planning problems and indicating opportunities. There may be several options if there are complex issues to find solutions for.
7 – Strategy
This illustrates, in broad terms, the agreed layout and represents the long term vision. It outlines the aims and objectives for each element of the grounds strategy as well as setting down priorities.
Once you have completed the process, and have a strategy plan and document in place, there is a variety of support and advice available to help you realise your vision for your school grounds.