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Ideally situated within the square mile of the City at EC2, 60 London Wall comprises of office accommodation set over ten floors, with five outside terraces. The impressive development has breathtaking views, superb transport links and is just a stone’s throw from Moorgate. The Kinley Terrace System were completed in November 2020 and complements the scheme beautifully.
The project vision was to be best in class for accommodation, accessibility, amenities and aesthetics. With such high expectations, the terraces had to meet truly exceptional standards. The architects vision saw the outdoor space as busy, thriving communal areas for office staff, set among greenery and beautiful architecture. The brief included intricately cut tiles and curved planters to create a beautiful and very striking curvature around the building, and benches to allow employees to relax or entertain guests.
|Client: Citygrove Properties||Architect: EPR Architects|
|Landscape Architect: Churchman Thornhill Finch||Main Contractor: Skanska Ltd|
|Product Installer: Frosts Landscapes|
Application: 5 roof terraces at Grade A office accommodation
Uniquely shaped benches were professionally joined from ethically sourced hardwood. The snaking benches had graduating seat back height which meant each piece was individually cut to size. The benches transition seamlessly into the CorTen steel planters for a particularly modern design. The requirement for bespoke size and shaped planters made Hi-Grade Bespoke planters in CorTen steel ideal. Each planter is pre-formed and delivered to site for quick and simple installation.
Atria porcelain external tiles are R11 slip resistant. As well as being incredibly high quality, hardwearing and fire resistant, they can be delicately handled to produce cut curved edges.
Pedestals and joists, as part of the Kinley Terrace System were perfect to support multiple surface finishes, and waterproofing and insultation requirements.
The Kinley team supported the installers throughout the project. As part of the Kinley Terrace System, the pedestal and rail system supported the warm roof build-up with waterproofing, insulation and ballast. Planters were placed directly on the ballast and insulation.
Pandemic considerations - The final stages of project completion happened during the coronavirus pandemic. The working environment had to change dramatically to keep colleagues safe, while also keeping to project timescales.
Bespoke tile cutting - The complex design required tiles to be cut to specific curved shapes. Kinley is used to providing this service and was able to match the original design and vision to perfection. Careful planning by the Kinley Team, who worked to a laser template ensured that the correct cutting measurements were applied across the project. Meticulous labelling and easy to follow plans for the layout of the cut tiles ensured that installation was quick and logical.
Installing complex surfaces - Cut tiles can provide a problem for installation. Our joist system allowed for a flexible installation around the curvature of the tiles.
London office accommodation rarely comes with so much outdoor space. The seemingly unassuming building fits gloriously into the City location. If you look closer, the five terraces on the upper floors are a hidden gem – with fantastic views but considerable privacy. While each terrace is different and impressive in its own right, the curved theme flows throughout and brings them together. Snaked benches are tucked away from sight between green plants and cut Atria tiles curve around planters and edging, which all create a country park-like feel in the beautiful urban landscape.
The Kinley Terrace System provided one base on which to install all surface finishes, planters and accessories. The desire for a finish of the highest quality was something Kinley could certainly help with. The bespoke cut porcelain tiles are a specialist requirement, made more complex by the challenge of installation. Kinley was able to support supplying high quality products, cut to bespoke shapes and sizes which made the installation of a particularly detailed project easy.
At Kinley we work with clients to make their ideas reality. From small to large projects, we help create inspiring and unique outside spaces and urban environments through pioneering design and quality landscape products.
Partnering with Kinley Systems on 60 London Wall transformed our ability to deliver the project on time and budget. Collaborating with Kinley as our supply partner for the paving support system using Kinley rails and pedestals as well as the raised planters with unique built-in curved benches added up to a very comprehensive approach. We chose Kinley as the supplier for the porcelain paving, to enable us to keep total control of the project deliverables. Kinley’s design team were outstanding, and with a dedicated project manager, we knew we had the right team to deliver this world-class project.