The £1.5bn regeneration scheme represents a collaboration between Lend Lease and Southwark Council bringing the Elephant & Castle area back to life in every sense. With 3,000 new homes sustainability is at the heart of all of the new developments with orchards, tree lined car free streets and a biodiverse rain garden.
The garden area of the Trafalgar Place scheme is a stunning example of the landscape architects, Randle Siddeley’s work. Kinley have manufactured a range of Corten Steel raised planters which have been used to provide not only beds for growing their own green produce but also bespoke combined seating arrangements. With their steel raised beds and FSC certified timber the combined benches and planters provide a truly unique facility enabling access for young and old as well as the less able participants. The benefits of such a raised soil bed is that older members of the community do not need to bend so far and they are also the ideal height for wheelchair users. Raised beds are complimented by bespoke individual benches for those who prefer to sit and watch rather than muck in.
|Architect: de Rijke Marsh Morgan||Landscape Architect: Randle Siddeley|
|Product Installer: Carey Group plc||Project Value: £5 Million|
|Lead Time: 6-8 Weeks||Construction Period: 10 Years|
|Procurement Route: Design & build|
The ‘Allotment’ design concept was driven by the residents who looked forward to the opportunity to ‘grow their own’. The planters had to be very rigid as they were raised to accommodate a car park beneath and needed to be robust and deep enough to allow for large multi-stem trees to be planted. As the garden design architect, George Flynn of Randle Siddeley explains “The clients originally wanted timber planters but I persuaded them to go with the Corten Steel option. The benches and planters were produced by Kinley to my own design and have been very well received all round.”
I specified Kinley as I love the Kinley product range and the company. They are extremely professional and very helpful delivering fantastic products. The planters have become quite a selling point with many residents looking forward to growing their own produce. They have been very well received by the client.