With their cutting edge design and stunning elevated position, the penthouse apartments at St George’s Chelsea Creek development offer everything a high net worth buyer might seek when purchasing in the capital.
The panoramic views across London can be enjoyed from the decked terraces and there is still room for plenty of planting. The raised planting areas consist of Kinley’s Corten Steel planters which have been specially designed to seamlessly blend in with the decking concept. Alastair Henderson of landscape architects, Aralia, explains some of the reasons for choosing the planters, “We chose Corten initially for its rustic appearance, which contrasted perfectly to other materials in our palette which had smoother textures and darker colours. We had already used a great deal of stone and timber as floor surfaces, so a metal seemed appropriate for the planters; plus there are no issues with leakages or discolouration which can occur on stone and timber planters when there is a high volume of moisture in the contained soil.”
|Architect: Broadway Malyan||Landscape Architect: Aralia|
|Product Installer: Ardmore Group||Project Value: £19 Million|
|Lead Time: 6-8 Weeks||Construction Period: 2 years|
|Procurement Route: Design & build|
With their visible folds and welds the units create a more industrial aesthetic which immediately adds both informality and maturity to the design scheme. The strength and depth of the specially reinforced units enable a fully sustainable root system to be developed by the plants with sufficient anchorage to prevent wind-rock of the larger specimens.
Appearance and durability are very important as Alastair again explains: “We think the planters give a slight edge to the scheme; a point of difference from most contemporary roof gardens which have a very temporary appearance with freestanding modular planter boxes. The planters anchor the planting into the scheme and make the garden feel settled in its environment.”
We always said that this was a Chelsea Garden that deserved a medal and in October Aralia were awarded the prestigious 2015 BALI Landscape Design Excellence Award for this project.
We have worked with Kinley on previous projects, so know we can put our faith in their products and their expertise to help us specify the most appropriate solution. We chose the Planterline range for its durability, longevity and aesthetics – the product dimensions and construction method were also perfectly suited to our application.