We have many years of experience in the creative design and installation of planting solutions for complex and demanding situations. Plant-led or 'soft' solutions are effective in resolving many landscape challenges and prove more economical in terms of installation. When well-designed, these schemes can be maintained within agreed fixed annual budgets.
Green solutions benefit the local and wider environment, and are proven to promote feelings of well-being amongst communities and users. we are enthusiastic about beautifying urban environments and this is an important and growing part of our portfolio, which includes the supply and installation of living green roofs and walls.
INNOVATIVE AND SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS
400 sq. metres of sedum roof laid as part
of the College's energy saving commitment
steel cables support climbing plants grown
in containers to create an urban green roof
Stainless steel wires formed a web of overhead supports to train the mature climbers and trailers which we sourced, grew, supplied and planted. Trachelsopermum jasminoides dominated, supported by three varities of Hedera, Wisteria and Vitis cognetiae. This 1999 innovative green roof/wall scheme was the first on such a scale in London and the fore-runner of several that have been executed in the years since, most notably the Oval Cricket Ground
BFI Imax Cinema, Waterloo
Redevelopment of the subway system leading from Waterloo Station to the South Bank was to include the cylindrical glass building of the BFI Imax Cinema. It was to be an iconic landmark in Central London, that incorporated a leafy subterranean garden in what was previously one of London's 'cardboard cities'.
Trailing plants included:
Actinidea chinensis: Akebia quinata: Clematis montana and orientalis:
Cotoneaster salicifolius 'Repens': Euonyumus 'Emerald Gaiety': Hedera in variety: Lonicera sps.:Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii': Vinca minor 'Variegata': Vitis cognetiae: Wisteria sinensis
Oval Cricket Ground 'Living Screen'
In 2005 we were given the challenge of creating an 'instant' living screen to soften the new grandstand at The Oval cricket ground in Kennington, London.
With few ground level planting areas avilable, most of the plants were to grow in large, elevated troughs, each planted with 12 trailing , 6 ground cover and 5 climbing plants.
Bearing in mind the weight restrictions and with a planting depth of only 300mm available, a planting medium was created by combining pine bark with peat. The areas of soil were secured with metal mesh for stability and to provide pedestrian access. Large metal obelisks supported clipped evergeen climbers to mimic large topiary without the usual associated weight.
Roy Square, London E14
This mainly residential development was designed by Ian Ritchie Architects as a contemporary interpretation of urban Georgian architecture, with the central courtyard garden reresenting a twist on the traditional London garden square.
Remarkably, the garden and central canal cleverly conceals an underground parking area which is itself at streel level, with the courtyard suspended above. Weight restrictions demanded careful consideration in terms of planting and installation.