A series of rooftop terraces has brought green space into the heart of London’s Soho, benefitting people and the environment.
|Type||Commercial, Regeneration, Landscape Management|
|Location||Soho, London Borough of Westminster|
|Scale||0.04 Ha (400 sqm)
Rooftop terraces over three floors of new office building in London’s Soho
|Client||Great Portland Estates PLC|
|Awards||Best West End New Build - OAS Development Awards 2017|
Benefitting People and the Environment in an Urban Setting
Farrer Huxley were appointed to design and deliver the landscape on the 4th, 5th and 6th floor terraces of a new commercial building in London’s Soho.
The aspiration was to bring nature to the people working there and enhance the ecological value of the site.
A rich planting palette across the 5th and 6th floor terraces, including green walls, brings nature to the ‘doorstep’ of office workers in this this dense urban setting.
The landscape enhances the ecological value of the site by inviting wildlife. Flower species are a source of pollen and provide a habitat for insects.
Planting improves ambient air quality and helps to cool the building in warmer months.
Credits for two images above: Bottom photo ©Andy Stagg.
Softening the Urban Setting
The landscape design picks up on the building’s folded façade details, which were inspired by the history of the fashion and textile trade in Soho. Borders and balustrades follow a gentle zig-zag movement, enhancing the softening effect of flowers and plants. Green granite was chosen to tonally complement planting.
Maintaining a Lush Environment
Exposure, minimal soil depth and weight constraints presented challenges. Plants were contract grown at a nursery for one year, ensuring they would survive in the lightweight soil and be mature enough to create visual impact.
Rooftop landscapes are high maintenance because of their practical constraints. A watering system and maintenance plan has been implemented to keep the planting lush all year round.