Kings Cross Development
A vibrant new city quarter being transformed from under-used industrial wasteland. The Development encompassing 26 acres of parks, squares and open spaces which individual parks, squares and gardens are created by different designers. This gives a sense of consistency and unity, while allowing the designers to express their own style and personality.
Our scope of works so far has included the installation of a number of hard and soft landscaping schemes. The installation of Handyside Gardens, Lewis Cubitt Park and the trees in Granary Square, the Kings Pond landscaping, Pancras Square and Roof Garden, the installation of the Battle Bridge oak tree, the Plimsoll and Tapestry building roof gardens, Gasholder Park and now The Triplets Roof Gardens previously known as Gasholders Nos. 10, 11 and 12 which were built for the storage of town gas for Pancras Gasworks, the largest gasworks in London. To date around Kings Cross Estate, this has involved us in the planting of over 440 different species of plants.
Our work at King's Cross has involved working with garden designers Laurie Olin and Dan Pearson, along with the plan guardian, Robert Townshend.
The King's Cross Development team interviewed our head gardener Des Smith to get an insight on how he maintains the grounds around the continuing development and the public use of the gardens. Click on the image below to launch the video.
Because of the complexity of the site and the landscaping installations we have completed todate, we felt it was right for us to enter our works into the BALI Awards 2016 to showcase our works on the various park and garden installations and the challenges presented to us in maintaining the grounds when close to 30,000 people enter the estate to work and study on a daily basis.
On the 2nd December the BALI National Awards were announced and we won the BALI 2016 Grand and Principal Awards for The Regeneration of King's Cross. This is an unprecedented 6th BALI Grand Award for works carried out by Willerby Landscapes during our 33 years of Landscaping. To read or download our case study on the King's Cross Regeneration submission click here
The lastest project completed is the Tapestry Building Roof Garden. A communal podium garden space on the 8th floor and designed by Dan Pearson Studio. With a south facing aspect the roof garden is a gem, with Dan designinga garden which has seasonality built into it automatically, with autumnal interests, winter form and structure.
Two more roof garden installations are commencing shortly. One building yet to be named but we know it as R7 has gardens on two floors and B5's design is to create a large and irregularly-shaped wooden terrace that hovers above a moorland landscape formed of natural planting and small water bodies. So still much to do!