London Wall Place is a 500,000 sq ft development next to the City of London with two commercial properties and an acre of magnificent public realm space. The outdoor landscape is a destination space that incorporates gardens and historic landmarks. Completed in January 2018, the property has a construction value of £219.2 million.
The project detail
Incorporating the Roman City Wall and St Alphage Church Tower ruins, the two acre site comprises two buildings and public space with gardens and pathways that maintain heritage features while drawing comparisons with the contemporary.
This prestigious site required a bespoke 4mm Planterline system to border the planting areas which extends down to the sunken garden via the ramp access. Specified in CorTen steel, the design contrasts the paving while reflecting the CorTen steel bridge and landscape’s existing heritage. In the garden, mood lighting is seamlessly incorporated into the steel retaining wall which not only lights up the pathway, but creates a tranquil ambience.
Managing the installation
The specifiers and landscape contractors wanted to find a product that was easy to install. The Planterline system is increasingly popular due to the simple installation method which makes it quick to construct, thus saving time on site. Our project managers provided on-site training and installation guidance throughout the implementation to ensure that the system was installed to the expected high standard.
Overcoming the challenges
Maximising the planting areas – The design called for as much green space to be available as possible. The slim steel profile of the edging ensured little space was taken up with a clunky retaining wall. The folded top edge adds a touch of strength and bold elegance.
Materials that reflect the site’s heritage – The Planterline CorTen steel edging provides a distinct contrast edge detail to the planting and paving interfaces. The rustic character of the design connects the heritage of the site of the original London Wall and the stunning CorTen steel pedestrian bridge.
The end result
The end result is a high quality public space that reflects the intended modern design, while retaining tradition. The variable height planters beautifully line the ramp and step access to the gardens and provide a clearly defined edge and planting zone that is in character with the historic heritage of the scheme. The overall installation is an outstanding delivery of high quality products that provide a practical and peaceful space.
Kinley’s Planterline edging matched the style the design required. With its high quality finish and bespoke options, it flawlessly fitted into the landscape. Although there were budget constraints, the Kinley team worked with the contractors to make careful changes to the original design of the edging to ensure that the architect’s vision was retained whilst reducing overall costs on the project.