Cottonmill Spa Garden

Ann-Marie Powell design

A new multi million-pound spa development of Sopwell House Hotel in St Albans, we worked closely with Ann-Marie Powell who designed the stunning outdoor space, together we created a number of unique metalwork installations around the gardens.
We worked to develop a large scale twisted angle iron screening which served a practical purpose as a visual and physical barrier and also was sculptural in its form, over 5 tons of sharp angle iron stakes sounds like a harsh material to use in a garden but breaking up its straight lines and softening its finish transformed it into something much more dynamic and fitting for a formal garden space.

The use of copper was prevalent in the design, focusing on the natural weathering of materials to create muted and mottled colouring.
A centrepiece of the garden was a cantilevered copper shower, housing a 360 degree rain shower head, the first of its kind to be built. The main elements that made up the shower screen were borrowed from the heavy-duty angle iron screening but given a copper makeover and allowed to weather.

Continuing with the copper palette, a copper handrail featured to the rear of the garden, tying the more artistic and functional elements of the garden together.

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