Plain Quarry Amenity Area

Dates: 2003-2005

Client: Holme Park Quarry Liaison Committee

Context: Small 19th century limestone quarry next Hutton Roof Crags SSSI and Limestone Pavement Order

Description: Restoration of quarry (1.2 ha) owned by Burton-in-Kendal Parish Council undertaken through the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund administered by English Nature as part of a programme of local environmental enhancement projects. Close collaboration between Coates Associates and the client’s representative and community consultation were key factors in the success of this scheme. The quarry floor had been dominated by bland expanse of gravel and visitors were deterred by use of the quarry for road stone storage and motor bike scrambling. The design has articulated the space within the quarry using mounding and native planting to segregate vehicular areas and provide shelter and interest whilst maintaining open visibility from the road to provide some degree of self policing. Motor bike scrambling is discouraged by strategically placed barriers and obstacles. Careful specification of a thin impoverished topsoil mixed with limestone dust and light seeding with low growing native grasses and wild flowers has created a low maintenance grass sward that will be receptive to colonisation by the indigenous limestone flora from around the quarry. A spiral landmark formed by limestone blocks of diminishing size takes reference from natural forms in the geology and ecology of this area and celebrates the cultural connections of the quarry as well as providing casual seating and a focus for children’s play.


  • Preparation of outline proposals and sketches for community consultation
  • Negotiations with relevant authorities and Planning Application
  • Potential on-site contamination desk study to ensure no unacceptable risk of pollution
  • Detailed design, contract preparation, tender action and project management
  • Landscape maintenance specification for handover to Forest Enterprise
  • Text and drawings for interpretation boards