Hartsbourne Country Club

Hertfordshire, UK

The extensive restoration of Hartsbourne Country Club, with the addition of several contemporary buildings to suit the needs of the club’s members and the local community.

To ensure its preservation for future generations and to grow its membership, the club needed to modernise several of its facilities, such as the spa, function room and swimming pool, and deliver sustainable spaces to use for income generation. The scheme also included plans to enhance the existing buildings for more economical and efficient daily use.

The existing clubhouse is within a locally listed building and required the expertise of our heritage team to safeguard many historic elements of the 19th century home. The redevelopment plan would transform the house into 10 private residential apartments.

As the site is situated within a Green Belt, it presented several challenges to the scheme. The new clubhouse will be partly underground to minimise disruption and any changes to the landscape. To achieve planning permission for the project, we demonstrated that the scheme was sympathetic to the surroundings and justified the new buildings in a Green Belt setting.

We achieved a resolution to grant permission from the local planning authority, where the members have unanimously resolved to grant permission. This was a result of extensive engagement with the local community and authorities.


Our Masterplanning, Landscape and Assessment Team provided Landscape Assessment and Landscape Architecture for this project.

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Sam Metson

Partner, Planning

Sam delivers practical solutions to his clients, balancing competing demands between the need for development and its impact upon the environment.

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Martina Sechi

Associate, Head of Landscape & Townscape Assessment

Martina is passionate about townscape architecture, ensuring her clients’ visions are delivered in a way that complement their settings.

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Kate Hannelly-Brown

Kate Hannelly-Brown

Partner, Heritage and Design

A heritage consultant, architectural technician and conservation officer all rolled in to one.

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