OLD SEE HOUSE, BELFAST
OLD SEE HOUSE, COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY
BELFAST CO. ANTRIM
AECOM provided full landscape architectural services for Old See House which began with initial landscape analysis and feasibility work through to design and consultation end users and coordination with the Landscape contractor on site. The landscape design had a varied function to deliver from ecological and woodland garden on the external faces under the mature trees to more contemporary garden spaces in the courtyards through to the active allotment space.
The inner courtyards are simple spaces created using a limited palette of materials such as water worn pebbles, sculpted rock, and ground cover planting. They offer a private visual connection to an external space for each consultation room, with the aim of providing a contemplative therapy experience.
The horticulture garden to the rear of the site offers the opportunity for residents of the facility to interact with nature, with physical exercise gained through working the garden, growing vegetables and herbs. The added value of this space is in its ability to increase social interaction among residents and reduce isolation and stress, one of the five key principles of the Landscape Institute’s position statement on creating healthy places.