Lewis & Scott Retirement Living Ltd. – Tollersbury

Landscape masterplanning for a new concept and template for retirement living

Lockhart Garratt is currently providing landscape architecture services developing an entirely new concept for retirement community living. The key ambition of the design process is to create an alternative template that offers a safe and inspiring place to live during later life years. The landscape design aims to provide a hierarchy of quality private and public spaces that respond to the existing site context, embracing an existing woodland as a major landscape element directing the concept. The design addresses constraints such as access, SuDS requirements and existing features and uses them to create a positive outcome offering private living, a formal communal garden, dementia friendly walks and sensory spaces as well as a place for community interaction.

From the inception of this project the client, Lewis & Scott Retirement Living Ltd. have been resolved that the existing landscape on the site in Tollesbury, Essex should be the main driver in developing the concept for the masterplan. The architectural concept for the individual living units has been informed by the landscape concept, allowing an innovative and fresh approach to retirement living that currently does not exist in this country. Lockhart Garratt were commissioned to carry out an LVIA as well as Arboricultural and Ecology assessments and whole team worked together to develop the masterplan. This is a refreshing and exciting project to be involved with and we look forward to working with Lewis & Scott Retirement Living on future projects.


  • Careful study and consideration of existing site green infrastructure and ecology
  • Conceptual development informing the architectural footprint
  • Dementia friendly landscape design offering 100% inclusivity
  • Landscape masterplan
  • Sensory planting and dementia friendly detail
  • Formal and informal garden spaces
  • Creation of a natural lake and lakeside community heart building