Royal Terrace Gardens, Torquay


Design concept:  Mark Luck
Structural engineer and lead designer:  Ramboll Uk
Contract administration and QS: Northcroft
Lead consultant, Planting design and arts management: Ginkgo Projects with assistance from Jo Johnson.
Artist(s): Juliet Haysom, Tom Price, Phil Smith, Wolfgang Buttress
Architect/Landscape Architect:Mark Luck, Ramboll UK, Northcroft
Client: Torbay Council

Ginkgo has led a multidisciplinary design team to restore  Royal Terrace Gardens, on the seafront at Torquay back to a vibrant, cultural public space.

The gardens fell into disrepair and required a sensitive approach to develop a contemporary response to restoring public access and providing a new cultural and tourist destination for Torquay that promoted the heritage, cultural associations and the wider Geopark status of Torbay.

Royal Terrace Gardens

We led a team of artists, horticulturists, designers and engineers to respond to the geology, landscape, microclimate and rich cultural associations to create a public garden that celebrates the physical, social and cultural richness that is found here.

Our approach has been to retain the original form and layout of the original gardens and to build on this to create new planting, walling, lighting, works of art and cliff face cantilevered pathway that restores access up to Rock Walk.