Handyside is a compact, contemporary space that comprises a children’s play area for families to enjoy, and open space for the general public, many of whom come from the nearby offices and restaurants. The park is built on top of the rail tunnels that run into Kings Cross Station and is an ideal spot for locals, workers and visitors to relax and play.
The pathways were created with curved plant and tree beds, defined with Perimeta HiGrade Bespoke organic shaped raised planters in CorTen steel. The landscape also called for a steel planter system that could accommodate varying heights. The Kinley team worked closely with Townshend Landscape Architects right from the concept stages of the ambitious design to engineer a planter system that created and enhanced the vision.
|Location: London||Client: Argent LLP|
|Architect: Townshend Landscape Architects||Landscape Architect: Dan Pearson Studio|
|Main Contractor: Kier Construction||Product Installer: Maylim|
|Completion Date: December 2015||Project Value: £10 million|
Throughout the production and installation stages, the Kinley team worked with contractors, Maylim Ltd, to turn the designs into reality. The planter panels were bolted down on a concrete foundation on top of a concrete slab. Raised planters were used on the shallow soil of the podium construction over the railway tunnels. A drainage layer was laid beneath the planters to avoid the soil from becoming waterlogged.
The particular challenges for this project included:
The integrated seating and raised plant and tree beds, as well as the meandering water rill and play area make the park a wonderful location for families and people to enjoy lunch or meet friends. Regents Canal is surrounded by cafes, shops, a cookery school, venues, and residential apartment blocks which make it hugely popular all year round.
Our ability to create curved planters with the HiGrade Bespoke product made the flowing pattern of the planters possible. Each carefully calculated and crafted planter panel contributed to an enjoyable view, both fromwithin the park and from adjacent buildings. Kinley’s reputation for making complex and innovative designs possible, and our ability to provide support from concept to installation and beyond, made us the obvious choice for this project.
Kinley could not pass up the opportunity to support the design and implementation of this intriguing and high profile project which required significant product planning to engineer various shapes and sizes of our planter systems to meet the unique specification.