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RMA's Birmingham courtyard - in pictures

RMA's Birmingham courtyard - in pictures

We’ve just got hold of photographs of our completed project at Edmund Street, in central Birmingham, which we carried out for Orms architects.

RMA was invited by Orms on behalf of DTZi to design the landscape for its development of an existing courtyard accessed off the street. The masterplan needed to both address the existing functions of the space – primarily for access, light and location of an existing fire escape – and create a new garden with a sense of place and arrival to unify the external space and building elevations.

We designed the Edmund Gardens courtyard to be an inviting arrival space, with the opportunity for informal spill out and an attractive view from the adjacent offices. A series of raised planters with a rich and varied plant palette provide year-round interest and seasonal colour.

The beds include an evergreen structure with swathes of herbaceous planting, ferns and bulbs in white, greens and purples. Species include Buxus sempervirens (Box balls), Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’, Asplenium scolopendrium (Hart’s Tongue Fern) and Liriope muscari. Specimen trees including Amelanchier lamarkii, Dicksonia antartica (Australian Tree Fern) and Cornus kousa var. Chinensis deliver a green framework, seasonal interest and dappled shade.

High-quality York stone paving inlaid with granite bands provides a robust, attractive ground plane, while bespoke granite and iroko benches are positioned beneath an architectural iroko pergola. Creative lighting assists wayfinding and delivers visual interest after dark.

All photos courtesy of Andrew Parish