Facebook At Kings Cross
Facebook has acquired over 600,000 sq ft of office space across three buildings at King’s Cross which is located at the Western Yards of the King’s Cross estate. Willerby Landscapes has been chosen as the landscaper of choice for the 42,000 sq ft of landscaped roof gardens and terraces for buildings T2 & T3 which will become known as 11-21 Canal Reach.
T2 will be 12 storeys high at its highest point at the southern end of the site, stepping down to nine storeys towards the north. Free of mechanical plant, the roof will just accommodate gardens and planted terraces, creating a place for receptions, meetings or simply to enjoy the excellent views across Central London. The current programme is for us to be on site in February/March 2020.
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New Google HQ
The roof garden will comprise of 4,000m2 of green space with the planting of over 230 container grown trees and 55,000 shrubs and perennials. Over 4,000 employees – which they refer to as 'Googlers' – will be based at this new £1bn site, which stretches from Regent’s Canal to King’s Cross station.
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100 Liverpool Street
The soft landscape installation for 100 Liverpool Street, Broadgate, in the City of London has been awarded to Willerby Landscapes. Broadgate is the largest pedestrianised neighbourhood in Central London.
The new 100 Liverpool Street building has five outdoor terraces which has an approximate area of 2,600m2. Commencing work early summer 2019 we are tasked in planting over 8,800 plants and 28 trees which will include Olea europaea (Olives) an evergreen tree that will add a Mediterranean touch to the terraces.
Along with the trees and plants, over 275 cubic metres of lightweight soil will need to be lifted to the terraces. Careful logistical planning for transportation to the city location and lifting will be required in what is an extremely busy area of the city.
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80 Fenchurch St EC3
In the heart of the City of London, the new construction at 80 Fenchurch Street will offer a rare alternative to City towers through the inclusion of six landscaped roof gardens. We have been successful in being awarded the hard & soft landscaping along with bespoke irrigation for this project, working for principal contractor Skanska.
Construction is underway and scheduled for completion in Spring 2020 with our works commencing in November this year. Landscape architects are Hyland Edgar Driver
IQL Stratford S9
Our involvement in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park transformation project at Stratford, East London continues with installations on the International Quarter London (IQL) S9 build. Having completed soft landscaping installations between buildings S5 & S6 we are tasked to install over 15,000 shrubs and plants, 50 semi mature trees and an irrigation system.
Being next to the Docklands Light Railway and the difficulting in planting alongside the current tight construction works on site, we had to hire a 20 tonne rotating telehandler and have DLR in attendance during the installation.
The Smaller Tasks
Most of our reporting is on the major projects we have secured or are working on. Little is told on the various tasks we are daily involved in that require our services.
Recently we have been called upon to install 9 Pyrus chanticleer (Callery pear) at 48 Carey Street a new residential development in Holborn WC1; soft landscape enhancement planting at Fitzroy Place W1 for the Physics Garden; the removal of trees and grills at Canary Wharf for new construction works which also involved us purchasing replacement Acers and storing them for planting in September 2020.
Some of our soft landscaping enhancement works are on previous installations we were involved in such as 20 Fenchurch Street. The building’s new owners required the removal of existing hedging and the large Thuja root balls from the ground floor planters and then instructed us to install 67 Betula pendula’s (Silver birch), some of which are 5m high and 570 Waldsteinia ternata (Siberian waldsteinia).
One of the most interesting tasks was the uplifting of 5 Olive trees from a garden in West London, wrapping them with shrink wrap to protect them, storing overnight at our nursery and then delivering them to a location in Dorset!
White Hart Lane London
The new Spurs stadium has had its challenges from a construction point of view, but we have been able to finally complete the works and the first real test for the stadium was on the 3rd April 2019 when Spurs welcomed Crystal Palace to their new home. Everything went to plan with flying colours.
We have successfully installed the soft landscaping, planting 52 semi mature trees with girths ranging from 100 to 120mm, and planting 7,500 shrubs, have installed 10 bespoke planters, a podium garden, 3 irrigation systems and 3 stair-way gardens! We hope Spurs and their supporters enjoy the landscaped areas and wish the club well in their new home.
Reviving a Garden
Calling on our expertise to reinvigorate a garden new or old is an often a plea for help when either a client is not happy on how the landscape has been cared for or wishes to ask our advice on implementing a dedicated maintenance regime to bring a garden back to life.
One such plea was made early last year at the new Nine Elms Sky Garden where a client was seeking our advice and guidance on a recently installed Sky Garden on the 35th Floor, an atrium in the 8th floor and interior garden on the 1st floor. Our maintenance manager and head gardener visited the site and drew up a bespoke maintenance plan for each garden to deliver and meet the client’s desired expectations.
Wood Wharf London
Further to our earlier announcement on securing the works for the installation of roof terraces on two new buildings currently known as A2 and A3 within Canary Wharf’s new district, Wood Wharf further hard & soft landscaping works have been awarded for the infrastructure at ground floor level which includes irrigation and the installation of over 60 semi mature trees.
We are proud sponsors of the Otford Utd Juniors FC Wanderers Under 16s football team by providing support for the team's kit. The lads are well into the new footballing season playing within the Crowborough & District League and have had a reasonable start to the season. We wish them well for their remaining matches.
Bat & Bird Boxes
With many new builds and landscape installations we are seeing part of the planning permission conditions include an Ecology Report on the development area. One such project we are working on, Teddington Riverside, an Ecological Mitigation and Enhancement Scheme report by The Ecology Consultancy has recommended specific measures to meet these requirements. A full report is shown on our Environment page.
Four years on and we are still very active within Crest Nicholson's Finberry new homes development in Ashford Kent. Having just completed the Finberry Village Centre Play Area we are now continuing with landscaping works which include hedgerow plants, tree installations, timber benches, play and sports equipment installations will commence in one of the new neighbourhoods known as Captain's Wood. The play area equipment involves the installation of various units such as a Forest Bug Springer, Triple Balance Beam, Entry Seesaw Nest swing, Village House, a climbing structure and Hexagonal Swing.
Principal Place London
We are back having been instructed to install the hard & soft landscaping for this desirable residential development in the east side of the City of London. The scope of works comprises shallow drainage, ductwork and MEP containment, EPS and subbase, concrete topping slabs, street furniture, architectural metalwork and soft landscaping. The site is divided into Zones and is progressively released by Multiplex to us in sequence.
Phase 1 of our works were completed by installing the soft landscaping for the Marketing Suite. This involved removing the existing hard & soft landscaping in-situ and replace with new paving and the planting of shrubs. Now that one of the new prestigious apartment buildings is complete the Marketing Suite has moved within this building and we have installed the landscaping around the apartment. Other phases include hard & soft landscaping continuing around the complete build including the installation a small number of activity pieces.
RBS Head Quarters Scotland
Willerby Landscapes have again secured the maintenance contract for this prestigious BALI Award for Maintenance site for a further 4 years! We have been proud custodians of the campus grounds for over 15 years and the extension to our contract is testament to our team of operatives, most of whom have been working on the grounds for all these years. The Willerby team work closely with the client and supports various RBS employee community programs along with providing a monthly newsletter on what is going on within the landscape.
Night Time Tree Install
It is not unusual for us to install mature trees within our programme of works, just take a look at the Battle Bridge Place Oak Tree on the King Cross Development page as an example. However, being called upon to install a mature 90cm girth Quercus palustris (Pin Oak) on a bridge over a London Tube line requires precise planning and coordination with several stakeholders and involves night time work for our team. Once the necessary authorisations are in place, a date was set and at 2am in the morning our team were ready to lift the tree and place it in the previously dug tree pit at Principal Place London EC2. With an installation window of only a couple of hours between the last and first Tube we had to get it right…no room for errors!