Quarry Bank, Styal

National Trust

TEP was commissioned by the National Trust to provide landscape design and contract administration services to support a successful HLF Stage 2 bid for the project titled ‘Revolution and Revelation’ which sought to reveal the full significance of the site in historical and social terms.

Historically Quarry Bank is arguably the most important early textile manufacturing community in the country. It was at the forefront of the industrial revolution and particularly important due to its chronology, bridging the gap between cottage industry and industrial urbanisation. It formed a self-sufficient community with mill, workers village, mill owner’s house, manager’s house, school house, apprentice house, churches, a working farm and other buildings, agricultural land and woodland.

The landscape design included a new car park and public realm scheme to support changes to the way the site was presented and accessed. The design was influenced by the concept of footpath routes acting as ‘threads’ through the landscape to provide a legible connection to a new Welcome Building.

The SuDS compliant scheme incorporated a variety of permeable surface finishes, infiltration trenches, swales and attenuation ponds providing a water management system that was reflective of its natural setting.

In addition, TEP also provided design and contract administration services to deliver improvements to the footpath network within the Northern Woods to ensure the site was fully integrated and accessible, and a new learning hub with dipping platform.