With a warming climate and rising levels of urbanisation, water management is becoming increasingly important in garden design and landscaping. For Daniel Shea, Founder and Owner of Daniel Shea Garden Design, this means
embracing the virtues of nature, and carefully incorporating naturalistic elements into landscaping designs to deliver projects that look and feel great.
Clyde Road Project
Tasked with transforming a family back garden in London into a space that was suitable for entertaining guests and spending time in, Daniel began by assessing the site:
“It wasn’t straightforward, as it was essentially on two terraces, with the lawn sloping away from the house. This
required a design that would ensure the entire space remained useable, but also meant a considered approach to
water management would be required in order to prevent pooling at times of heavy rainfall.
“The design culminated in two main entertaining areas – one immediately adjacent to the house, and the other
slightly further into the garden. This created two distinct zones that had their own feel, really maximising the space.
The plot is full of greenery and plants that surround the patioed areas, to really evoke that sense of nature which is crucial in a project like this.”
Managing water discreetly
Given the topography of the site, it was vital that appropriate drainage was installed to ensure that rainfall didn’t pool. The perennial challenge for landscapers is balancing aesthetics with hydraulic performance. Owing to its slimline design and discreet look, Daniel opted for the ACO HexDrain® Brickslot, with its black discreet grate to provide a sleek effect.
He continues: “We positioned the Brickslot at the lowest point in the garden, to ensure that even in the worst cases of rainfall it wouldn’t flood. Something that is always an important consideration in drainage is the type of soil you are working with, and in this area of the country it can be very clay-dominated. This adds a further layer of importance to getting drainage right, and throughout my time using ACO’s Brickslot, it has always performed perfectly.
“Increasingly, landscapers and garden designers are on the lookout for products that don’t just do their job discreetly, but can actually contribute to the overall look of a project. Again, the HexDrain® Brickslot has proved fantastic in this regard, really emphasising that substance doesn’t have to come at the expense of style.”