1986 - 2011
National Trust and Prior Park College
Prior Park, Bath
A series of projects at Prior Park for Prior Park College and the National Trust.
The estate lies in the Bath World Heritage Site, the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bath Conservation Area and the Green Belt. Dating from the 1730s, and originally part of Ralph Allen’s Prior Park Mansion estate, the garden epitomises the 18th Century English landscape style and is one of the best surviving examples of a Georgian garden of this scale. The National Trust acquired the gardens in 1994.
Ferguson Mann Architects first worked at Prior Park in 1986, and was tasked with sensitively managing a series of conservation and development plans for the Grade I Listed Prior Park College and many other projects followed, including:
Disposal of the landscape garden to the National Trust (1994); boarding accommodation (1988); design technology centre (1990): new all weather pitch (1992): new theatre centre (1994); repair of the Old Gymnasium (1995); new daygirl house (1998); science labs & 4 new classrooms (2002); refurbishment of the swimming pool (2004); dance studio (2006); Junior House (2009).
The most significant of the National Trust projects was the Restoration of the Wilderness, enhancing the visitor attraction and Grade I Listed rococo wilderness designed by Ralph Allen to compliment the landscaped garden. This work included the reinstatement of a Serpentine Lake, Cascade and associated infrastructure completed in 2007.
Ferguson Mann Architects also worked on the repair of Prior Park Mansion following fire damage (1991 – 1995). Read more here.