Natural History Museum, London

Providing all the required Arboricultural input to inform the initial design team and support the planning application for this complex project involving a much loved nationally important listed building.

The project involved extensive works within the gardens to the front and flank of the museum. A number of the trees growing within the gardens were subject to a Tree Preservation Order and the site is located in a Conservation Area. The London plane trees were considered to be of such size and quality that they were of regional importance by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Tree Officer.

Ruskins attended an early stage design meeting, gave guidance to the design team on the level of encroachment within the Root Protection Areas that may be acceptable to the LPA and proposed a strategy of site investigations and site meetings with the tree officer to discuss the proposed development.

Our engagement helped fix the proposed layout maximising the development space and focussed the design team on addressing a number of design issues that ensured the tree issues would not prevent planning consent being achieved and helped secure planning.

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