The design incorporates angular benching and planters which required Raaft's Angular Planter Walls and Benches. The Raaft Terrace System substructure – made up of joists, adjustable pedestals, and floor structure panels, was chosen to ensure a level roof terrace that supported the waterproofing.
Recess lighting was inserted into the planters and is also utilised as emergency lighting.
A Corten steel cupboard acts as an entrance to the services and wiring behind the green wall – creating the illusion of a mysterious doorway to the unknown.
John Davies Landscape’s design allowed Raaft to get creative with a range of products to ensure the architect’s vision could be met. The final result is a green haven with far-reaching views across London which is the winner of the Society of Garden Designers’ 2020 Awards for Public or Commercial Outdoor Space category, as well as The Grand Award - Winner of Winners.
The judges noted that the garden is “a hugely creative design that has been brilliantly executed demonstrating environmental responsibilities that we should all be embracing.”
The clever planting layout and choice combines a mix of taller trees and smaller shrubs that are suitable for each of the seasons, to create interest and beauty all year round.
This inspiring garden is an extension of the office space at 116 Old Street, as well as being used for functions and recreation.
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