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News Shed Industry news from the Gulf region
INTERVIEW 11 Kamelia Bin Zaal
The first Emirati to design a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
PORTFOLIO 16 Singapore High Stakes
Wilson McWilliamâ€™s concept garden at the Singapore Garden Festival
Dining Out In Style Bahrain based Apex Green showcases its shopping mall design
Growing Up A project incorporating a green wall by Planters Horticulture in a Dubai restaurant
FEATURES 23 The Value Of Rooftop Gardens Patricia Fox explains how rooftop gardens add value to a property
Decking expert Karl Harrison expounds good quality outdoor wood floors
SHOW GUIDE 30 Outdoor Design and Build Show
Our guide to all the events and features
All the companies exhibiting at the show
PRODUCTS 39 Latest Products 41
Trading With Easigrass Ben Bloomfield answers questions on the artificial grass company
GALLERY 42 Projects in the Gulf
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NEWS SHED Jumeirah Group agrees deal to manage scenic hotel resort in Abu Dhabi Dubai-based hotel chain Jumeirah Group has signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi royal family member His Highness Sheikh Suroor bin Mohammed Al Nahyan to manage a luxury resort on Sa’adiyat Island. Landscaping and planning will be completed by DBI Design Corporation which also designed the architecture and interiors for Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi.
Gerald Lawless, president and CEO of Jumeirah Group, said: “Abu Dhabi’s ongoing and impressive development as a tourism destination will be further enhanced by the Sa’adiyat Island project. It’s an exciting and ambitious venture and we look forward to bringing our Jumeirah resort experience to the Island.” The resort is due to open in 2017. www.tradearabia.com
Abu Dhabi’s Mushrif Central Park features new children’s attractions after two year refurbishment Mushrif Central Park, one of the largest and oldest parks in Abu Dhabi closed in January 2013 to undergo an extensive 18-24 month $48m refurbishment project. With a focus on sustainability, the park is being relaunched as the ‘People’s Park’ in 2015. Just some of the new features of the park are a children’s zoo, children’s garden with play areas and a performing arts venue.
SureSet’s representative in Dubai specified its products for a ‘wadi’ (a channel of water) and play fountain for children. Local installers created a 190m² beach and sea theme using Golden Pearl from SureSet’s Natural Aggregate range and Mint Green and Water Blue from their recycled glass range, Spectrum. www.sureset.co.uk
British living wall company Biotecture sees revenue double after three years in Middle East British living wall company Biotecture has witnessed its turnover double in the three years the company has been active in the Middle East. In partnership with Acacia LLC, part of the Proscape group, Biotecture has installed a number of projects in Dubai, including 19 living walls within the newly built Hyatt Hotel, made up of 1,472 living wall panels and around 21,000 plants. Biotecture’s demand in Dubai
extends to the local government who required its services for work on office and public buildings, as well as green wall construction on the Sheraton and Cosmopolitan hotels in the city. According to Biotecture, the company’s popularity has grown in the region, for both the hotel industry and private residential clients, thanks to its competitive offering of the market’s lowest water usage. www.biotecture.uk.com
Al Barari envisages ‘lush’ phase two of estate development Al Barari utilises a unique irrigation system to maintain its vast natural landscape, comprising green gardens and tree-lined pathways. Nearly 80% of the 14.2m square metre estate is covered by green space, resulting in a colossal demand for 30,000 cubic metres of
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water per day, a quantity greater than an Olympic swimming pool. Kamelia Bin Zaal, Al Barari’s creative director, purposefully installed a number of plants with low water consumption because
she is conscious of the project’s water footprint. Al Barari also uses treated sewage from a nearby processing plant for irrigation. The effluent undergoes an additional filtering process before being used. www.thenational.ae
Dubai Wharf’s landscaping works on target for 2017 completion
Approximately 90% of the infrastructure work at the multi-purpose development project has been completed. In addition, the landscaping and marina design works are proceeding alongside the access road works within the destination. The remaining build is expected to have been completed in Q1 2015 with the 132 KV substation set to be operational by the second quarter. The Dubai Wharf project is being built at a cost of US $218m and involves the construction of a mixed-use development stated for completion in 2017. www.bncnetwork.net
Dubai Properties (DP), the development arm of Dubai Properties Group, has revealed
that construction work at its Dubai Wharf development in Culture Village is on schedule.
Dubai Museum is the most competitive tender to be won in Q1 2015
Jeddah’s mayor conceives 24th park in space of six months
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has confirmed the tender for central construction works at the Dubai Museum project will be awarded in the first quarter of this year. The prospective works including utility relocations, shoring, excavation, dewatering and permanent building piles are already underway. The museum is located below ground and connects the pavilion, guest house and Ministers building. Landscaping surrounding the historic site will be restored to its original 1971 appearance. The primary works are currently out for tender with a scheduled award date of Q1, 2015. The formal museum opening will be on the UAE National Day, 2 December 2016. www.constructionweekonline.com
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In February, Jeddah’s mayor Hani Abu Ras opened the 24th park in the Al-Nuzha district as part of Jeddah municipality’s scheme to provide residents with a new park every week. The municipality foresees the programme continuing over the coming months in a bid to increase amenity space and create a healthy and fresh environment for Jeddah’s
residents. Mohamed Qattan, director general of the gardens and landscaping committee in Jeddah, said: “The municipality is currently working on the involvement of students and schools in the cultivation of flower gardens in order to explain to them their social responsibility and motivate them into maintaining parks and public property gardens as their own.” www.arabnews.com
NEWS IN BRIEF Major investment in time for FIFA 2022
The GCC region is investing more than $210bn in major construction projects, mostly in preparations for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar and the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, UAE.
First man-made rainforest in Middle East
In another ﬁrst for the Middle East, the Dubai Rainforest is designed to recreate a rainforest environment, contained within a dome. It will form part of DAMAC’s Akoya Oxygen project and take visitors on a journey through the jungle, starting out on the ground level, before climbing into the canopy, and learning about the ﬂora and fauna throughout the habitat.
Damac Properties launch luxury villa resort in Dubai
Luxury real estate developer Damac Properties has launched the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ villas and mansions at its Akoya by Damac development in Dubai, UAE. The project is set for completion by 2018.
Qatar hosts green building design and development summit in April The Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) will hold its first annual conference on 27–28 April at the Qatar National Convention Centre. The conference will cover the challenges of environmental sustainability and will promote best practice for the built environment for Qatar, the Gulf region
and beyond, the conference organiser said. There will be four main themes at the conference: Passivhaus (a low energy building standard) in the Middle East and North Africa region; retrofitting Doha; carbon footprinting and Qatar’s national vision; and future sustainable cities.
Director of the Qatar Green Building Council Meshal al-Shamari said that the “Council is committed to promoting environmental sustainability in all walks of life in Qatar, with the built environment under particular focus at this first conference.” www.out-law.com
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Dubai’s re-launched Al Khazan Park is first to run entirely on solar power The relaunched Al Khazan Park has become the first Dubai park to run completely on solar power, an official said. The park does not use electricity from the main grid, relying instead on solar power for lighting and irrigation pumps. Even the office and washrooms run on underground batteries charged by an on-site solar grid. “We’ve started replacing old lighting in other parks with solar lighting while also raising the quality of playgrounds to best international standards,” said Al Fardan. Al Fardan added that Mushrif Park has a new serviced picnic area and its swimming pool, which had been closed for works, will reopen within a month. www.gulfnews.com
Middle East Smart Landscape summit 2015 announces Zeoplant as Silver Sponsor
The Middle East Smart Landscape Summit has announced Zeoplant as the silver sponsor at the 2015 edition of the event, to be held on April 28-29, 2015, at Sofitel, The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE.
Held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality and produced by global conference organizers Expotrade, the two-day summit will focus on the major initiatives undertaken towards urban landscape development, viewed
British architect firm selected to design 2022 FIFA World Cup Final stadium Foster + Partners has been chosen ahead of David Chipperfield Architects, Mossessian & Partners and Mangera Yvars Architects to design the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar centrepiece – the Lusail Stadium. Located in Lusail City, 15km north of Doha, the 80,000 seat stadium will host the 2022 World Cup’s opening ceremony and the
final match. Its design features an open-air pitch that can be cooled to an optimal 26°C using cooled and shaded spectator stands and state-of-the-art green technologies. Norman Foster, founder of the practice responsible for the Masdar City project in Abu Dhabi, said: “It is an honour to design this centrepiece stadium – we are delighted to have won the
Dubai due to uncover the Holy Quran Park in September Dubai’s Municipality has disclosed that the opening of the Holy Quaran Park is set for September with road paving and parking construction ongoing. The new attraction is intended to educate the public about the Holy Quran and its miracles, and will showcase all 54 plants mentioned in the Holy Quran and available in the UAE.
In addition, the park will have a tunnel designed to exhibit the
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against the context of the Dubai Municipality’s aim of converting Dubai into a green paradise in time for the World Expo 2020. Zeoplant’s position as the world’s leading natural moisture retaining soil additive makes it ideally suited to be associated with the event, with its focus on sustainable landscaping including innovative irrigation techniques. www.landscapesummit.com
miracles described in the Holy Quran in the form of images and audio material. Further amenities available to the public include; tracks for running, cycling and sand walking, an Umrah corner, outside theatre, fountains, desert garden, palm oasis and a lake. The 64-hectare park project is estimated to cost around Dh27 million. www.emirates247.com
international competition. This is an exciting step forward in stadium design, it will be the first to break the mould of the free standing suburban concept.” www.archdaily.com
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KAMELIA BIN ZAAL
Pro Landscaper Gulf interviews the ﬁrst Emirati to design a show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. We ask Kamelia Bin Zaal, Creative Director at Al Barari, about her career in garden design, how she got involved with the prestigious London event and why she’s planning for a greener future in her home country
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How did you get into garden design? I grew up watching my father, who was always in the garden. He loves ﬂowers and the sense of peace a garden can give. I worked in the government for four years and while I enjoyed it, I felt as if something was missing. At the time my father was planning the concept of Al Barari, a plant nursery, maybe a horticultural school, and it was this conversation that made me think of garden design. Within one month I was in the UK at the Inchbald School of Design studying garden design. I returned to Dubai, inspired to create intuitive and stylised outdoor living spaces. I began my career as a freelance garden designer working on residential villas until I established my own landscape architectural practice, Second Nature, in 2006, working on both large commercial and unique residential projects. Later I formed an association with my family’s property development company, Al Barari, where Second Nature, now part of Green Works, created the lush botanic surrounds and themed gardens that the address has become recognised for. As a result of my passion for greenery and in-depth knowledge of the company, I have simultaneously managed the Al Barari brand and overseen the landscape design of the project. I have served as the Creative Director at Al Barari Firm Management LLC for the past seven years.
I HOPE TO SHARE THE POSITIVES OF ISLAM, TO SHOW WE CELEBRATE PEACE, DIVERSITY AND HARMONY What garden design training have you had? I have a diploma in garden design from the Inchbald School of Design in London. How long have you been in the industry? I have been designing private gardens and landscapes in the UAE for the past 11 years. How does your company operate? We integrated Second Nature into Green Works, Al Barari’s green arm. Green Works is the Middle East’s largest privately owned nursery. It produces plants for the Al Barari project while also working in landscape maintenance. 12
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Do you outsource the construction of your gardens? For projects inside Al Barari I work solely with our plant nursery Green Works and Sustainable Builders, the construction company at Al Barari, to integrate both hard and soft landscaping for the gardens. Otherwise, for outside projects I work with only a few contractors, Terra Verde being one of them. It maintains the high quality and professionalism that I wish for all my clients and my gardens. What type of projects do you work on? I am focused purely on high-end, private villa design. At Al Barari, I oversee the overall landscape design at the development, and meet clients for landscaping private villas within Al Barari. Currently I am designing an Islamicinspired show garden, sponsored by Al Barari, for the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and a project on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. Do you take on any international work? If so, where? With my company Second Nature, we have developed projects within the wider region, however now I currently only work in the UAE. How did you get involved with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in the UK? I was judging last year at the Dubai International Garden Design Competition and was fortunate enough to meet David Dodd from The Outdoor Room and Jo Thompson, a landscape and garden designer from the UK. David has built a lot of award-winning show gardens and Jo has designed award-winning show gardens. As it was their ﬁrst time in the UAE I brought them to Al Barari. After seeing everything, they suggested I put in a design for Chelsea – so I did. Although it was my dream to participate I never considered it because of the calibre of all the designers that take part every year. I am grateful for meeting them both as they gave me the conﬁdence to push myself and go for it. I submitted a contemporary Islamic garden design, The Beauty of Islam, for the show-garden category, and was lucky enough to be picked. What’s the message from your show garden? I aim to share the positives of our religion and culture, to show we also celebrate peace, www.prolandscapermagazine.com
diversity and harmony as all religions do. With so much negativity in the media and the world today this was an opportunity to share these values with the public through a garden design.
know the quality and beauty of the plants is also crucial, so having the help and experience of Kelways nursery and Caroline and Louise from Garden Makers has been pivotal.
How are you choosing the plants for your Chelsea Garden? The variety in plant species were chosen to illustrate how far Islam and Arab culture has touched so many other cultures and vice versa, especially through trade, most famously through the spice route which spread, by sea and over land from the Indian Ocean, Far East, India, the Arabian Gulf, and Red Sea and by land on to Europe. We are using species such as jasmine, rosemary, orange, pomegranate, garlic, olive and cardamom. The garden will also feature Nannorrhops arabica, which is a species native to the Arabian Peninsula.
What are you aiming to achieve with your design at Chelsea? I am hoping to produce a garden that resonates with the public and will have a positive eﬀect on people’s perception of Islam. It is a chance
How is the relationship with the team at The Outdoor Room working? I am very lucky to be collaborating with such an experienced and award-winning team. This is my ﬁrst ever show garden so I am grateful to have a mentor in David Dodd. We work very well together and his input is invaluable. As you
I HOPE IT IS A SYMBOL FOR OTHER EMIRATI WOMEN AND GIRLS TO STRIVE, WORK HARD AND TO THINK THEY CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING to show that Islam – and Arabic culture – is like many other religions and cultures. It’s a way of life and we share the same values and morals as many other religions and cultures. The Chelsea Flower Show is the ideal platform to showcase my garden. Also, it’s been a dream to be part of the world’s most famous ﬂower show. It is the pinnacle of horticultural and landscape design
excellence and will reach far more people than any other competition. I will have the opportunity to be tested professionally alongside some of the world’s leading garden designers. I look forward to learning from them. Would you like to see more designers from the Gulf region designing internationally? When it comes to representing the UAE at Chelsea in 2015, I have a sense of responsibility and hope that my garden will be something that not only resonates with the British public but will also have an eﬀect at home in the UAE. I would like to encourage more Emiratis to join the landscaping industry. I’m proud that my country gives such positive opportunities. There’s no holding women back in our culture and I hope the garden is a symbol for other Emirati women and girls to strive, work hard and really to think that they can achieve anything.
1 & 3 The Nurai Island show home, landscaping design by Kamelia 2
Hill Villa in Al Barari, one of Kamelia’s past projects
‘The Beauty of Islam’ design drawing for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
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What is your favourite personal project? Every garden I have completed is a wonderful memory, but I’m proud of the Contemporary Garden in Al Barari. It was recently featured in Garden Design Close Up, by Emma Reuss, a book featuring 100 projects from around the world. The most meaningful personally and professionally is, of course, The Beauty of Islam.
Do you think there is a true understanding of the value of domestic gardens in the UAE? Over the years, the UAE has increasingly focused on the importance of greenery with the introduction of the Abu Dhabi International Flower and Garden Exhibition, Dubai Municipality Outdoor Design Build & Supply trade show, Dubai Miracle Garden and the Dubai International Garden Competition. Their popularity shows that people realise the importance of green areas. Historically, Bedouins have always appreciated the importance of the oasis as fundamental to our survival so it is only natural that we have a high regard and understanding for the abundance a garden can provide.
What inspires you? Interior design, architecture and natural landscapes. I love to travel and push myself physically, having climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kinabalu in Borneo. The bare landscape as you ascend Mount Kilimanjaro is breathtaking and I loved the few clusters of succulents that broke up the barren environment. In Borneo, the lush forests and beautiful trees with wild orchids just growing on them were astounding.
What are your ambitions for the future? To leave behind a green legacy whether that’s through the development of the Al Barari community or by making people happy through designing gardens in which they can enjoy life.
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5 The contemporary themed garden at Al Barari
6 The Contemporary Garden in Al Barari was featured in the Garden Design Up Close book by Emma Reuss
8 & 9 The picturesque Hill Villa at Al Barari
Another of Kamelia’s past projects, the landscaping for a private home in Arabian Ranches, Dubai
WILSON MCWILLIAM STUDIO Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam of Wilson McWilliam Studio review their success at the Singapore Garden Festival, where they won both Gold and Best of Show â€“ Landscape Garden for their garden Sacred Grove
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hen the invitation to exhibit at the Singapore Garden Festival came, Gavin and I leapt at the opportunity – it was a chance to design for a different climate in a show that’s attracting worldwide attention. The garden would be in the open air, located on the Meadow, a circle of grass within Gardens by the Bay (all previous shows have been indoors). The meadow is densely irrigated meaning no dig was allowed and the garden had to rise. In February 2014 we went to Singapore on a recce trip which gave us the chance to meet May Oh of Evershine who was our allocated partner contractor. We knew that the design was ambitious and innovative – as a precaution we had prepared an alternative. Both May and the National Parks team who organise the event enthused about the more adventurous design and so we continued with design detailing. The visit also delivered the zeitgeist of Singapore – a thriving city dominated by dense high rise development incorporating exciting green spaces at almost every level. Shade and cooling breezes are valued, or alternatively green spaces are designed to be looked at from the comfort of an air-conditioned interior. Sacred Grove as a concept was an idea we had played with for some time in the studio – the sense that a combination of planting and built form could be special, sacred or memorable as the ancient Greeks might recognise. As the soil level began to rise, we considered the context of
IT WAS A CHANCE TO DESIGN FOR A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT CLIMATE IN A SHOW THAT’S ATTRACTING WORLDWIDE ATTENTION modern Singapore. The roof garden took shape creating an undercroft in which shade and a cooler atmosphere might create a contemplative space. The two levels were never designed to be connected physically but we did want to achieve a visual connection. We were aware of the heavy rains that fall almost daily in Singapore. We opened the centre of the roof partly for light and to give views up into the planted canopy or grove, but also to allow rain to interact with the space underneath. Immediately below in the centre of the garden we placed a reflecting rain pool, still and mirror like
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1-4 Sacred Grove features a roof garden with a grove of 37 trees on top of a shady courtyard area with a central water feature. The garden, which won Best in Show at the Singapore Garden Festival and a gold medal, was praised by judges for its “exploration of light and shadow and the basic elements of waters, light and air, and intelligently addressing issues such as drainage, sustainability and the greening of the city.”
Gavin McWilliam and Andrew Wilson celebrate with partner contractor May Oh of Evershine at the awards ceremony in Singapore.
in dry conditions but disturbed and rippling during rain. Rain water could also overflow into the pool with excess water collected for irrigation. Polished concrete formed the floor of the garden contained by an aluminium edge that disguised lighting, creating the sensation of a floating construction. The uprights relate to a controlling grid – some carrying excess water away from the roof or lighting cables. The planting is dominated by Schizolobium parahyba to create the grove. The trunks are slender and vertical topped with delicate fern-like fronds that created a soft texture and exciting reflections in the pool below. Beneath we planted a tropical meadow, randomising native and cultivated orchids into a mix of bamboo grass, Ophiopogon and soft ferns. The exuberant meadow tumbled over the roof edges with asparagus fern and Stephanotis. The only connection between the two levels was made with the aerial roots of Cissus nodosa hanging down through the central opening. Alongside, a large bowl of cloud-white Phalaenopsis orchids shared centre stage with Thomas Heatherwick’s Spun chair for quiet relaxation and contemplation. ABOUT WILSON MCWILLIAM STUDIO
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Wilson McWilliam Studio is one of the UK’s leading garden design practices, combining the talents of Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam in the design of bespoke gardens and public landscapes. The studio is based in London, but as a practice they work across the South East and internationally at both garden and landscape scale. Sharply detailed construction, elegant spaces and inspirational planting design percolate through their unique design responses. Andrew and Gavin both trained as landscape architects but share a passion for garden design and experimentation with materials and plant associations. They are strong advocates for cross fertilisation between both disciplines. www.wmstudio.co.uk
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DINING OUT IN STYLE APEX GREEN
Having decided to redevelop the bustling Al Aali shopping complex in Bahrain, the owner wanted to maximise retail opportunities for its myriad boutique shops and art displays while also providing a cafe haven from which to admire the Mallâ€™s combination of Arabic and contemporary styles. All while keeping its doors open... 3
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THE DESIGN ALLOWED FOR ELEMENTS TO BE MOVED INTO PLACE WITHOUT ANY DISRUPTION TO THE RETAIL UNITS 4
PROJECT DETAILS PROJECT VALUE $1.2m BUILD TIME To completion 15 months Phase 1 – 9 months Phase 2 – 6 months SIZE 20,000m2
l Aali shopping complex, located in the business district of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Seef area, is a unique example of contemporary architecture combined with traditional Arabic elements and styles. Opened in 1996, it covers around 52,000m². Apex Green was offered the chance to design both districts of this newly developed area of a busy commercial complex. The client’s brief specified two areas of interest outside the popular Al Aali Mall, renowned for its boutique shops and annual art exhibition. The first challenge was to provide a relaxed, leisurely contemporary environment for the restaurant section that would more accurately reflect its name of Al Aali Boulevard. Apex Green added planting areas, a focal water feature and lighting to complement the architectural design of the building, and its
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graceful combination of contemporary and traditional elements. The second, north-facing plot (which at this point is still under construction by sister company Apex Plus Contractors) is to be a twist on the first and the design will lead neatly into the shopping area, bringing to the fore the boutique shops, permanent art displays and retail units. This will give shoppers a chance to browse the window displays as well as time to admire the Mall’s design from the comfort of the café area. The Mall remained open for business throughout the build time, and the design allowed for elements to be moved into place without any disruption to the retail units. This practical approach was also reflected in the locally sourced, hard-wearing materials and supports Apex Green’s aim to create a timeless design, aesthetically and practically.
1 The boulevard 2 Initial 3D render 3 Shared surface for cars and pedestrians 4 Central water feature 5 Initial rendered plaza
ABOUT APEX GREEN A landscape and urban design company, Apex Green employs landscape architects, planners, irrigation specialists and horticulture engineers. It oﬀers a fully integrated design service, from inception and initial masterplanning through concept design, construction documentation and site supervision. It has strong ties with suppliers and contractors and is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of landscape architecture through innovation, new approaches and creativity, fresh solutions and the latest technology. The company caters for a wide range of projects in the public and private sectors. firstname.lastname@example.org; www.apexgreen.bh
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GROWING UP PLANTERS HORTICULTURE A Dubai restaurant wanted a much greener look without eating up any floor space. The solution? A plantwall
his project involved one of Leopold’s of London’s biggest restaurants in the UAE. The clients wished to introduce a significant amount of greenery in their space to enhance their existing interior design and approached Planters Horticulture to provide them with a solution. Keeping in mind the brief that minimal floor space should be employed, Planters recommended the Plantwall System. This met both the client’s main requirements: not using any floor space and making a big impact with
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a lot of greenery. The plantwall has since become a focal point in the restaurant. Planters encountered a few hurdles during the design and installation process of the plantwall. The first was access for the maintenance of the upper part of the new green wall. This was solved by designing a hanging ladder that started from the top of the installation and reached down as far as the midpoint. Without this, the upper parts of the plantwall could not be reached and maintained. Another problem involved the
PLANTERS HORTICULTURE Planters Horticulture is a leading UAE-based interior landscaping company. Over the past 36 years it has built a portfolio of some 2000 annual maintenance contracts. It specialises in supplying and maintaining high-quality plantwalls and plantwires, indoor plants, plant containers, preserved palm trees and artiﬁcial plants for commercial, hospitality and retail projects throughout the Gulf region.
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position of the restaurant’s staircase, which was situated in front of the plantwall. With less natural sunlight filtering through to the lower areas, some plants initially struggled to flourish. Planters came up with a neat solution by adding specialist lighting to the sections that were most deeply shaded. The plantwall materials – specially designed textile, drip lines and irrigation system – were sourced from GreenFortune in Sweden. The plants were from Holland and the pre-construction materials, for example, www.prolandscapermagazine.com
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backing boards, aluminium frames and specialist lighting, were sourced locally. Planters Horticulture represents GreenFortune throughout the Middle East for the supply, installation and maintenance of plantwalls, and is able to provide a one-stop shop for plantwalls within the region. The Swedish company has installed more than 300 Plantwalls in 16 countries, including Europe, Russia, Japan and China. Planters’ recent collaboration with Green Fortune has brought new orders in the Middle East.
1 Close-up of the plantwall 2 Main view of the plantwall 3 Preparing the waterproof surface 4 View from the upper floor
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HIGH LIFE Patricia Fox, founder of specialist landscape design practice Aralia, explains how a well-planned roof terrace can add significant value to property developments and help corporates boost their staff morale and productivity
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ith outdoor space at a real premium in urban settings, the addition of a roof terrace can have a signiﬁcant return on your capital investment. UK-based specialist landscape design practice Aralia insists the past three years has seen a major uplift in such developments, both in London and internationally. In the summer of 2012, for instance, property developer St George (Berkeley Homes Group) commissioned Aralia to design a series of penthouse roof terraces for its prestigious development at Chelsea Creek, London. It was an open brief to design and deliver original roof terrace designs that included outdoor kitchens
ST GEORGE’S MARKETING TEAM ATTRIBUTED THE EARLY SALES TO THE 3D ARTWORK OF THE ROOF TERRACES and ﬁreplaces, automated pergola structures, water features, bespoke art, green walls and lush, abundant planting. Despite the fact London was in the middle of a recession, with property fairly diﬃcult to sell, the penthouse apartments were sold oﬀ-plan and ahead of schedule. St George’s marketing team attributed this partly to the 3D artwork of the roof terraces. The ﬁrst seven of the roof terraces are in development and due to be completed this spring (see visuals below). Aralia’s approach to the design of roof terraces is holistic, with spatial design playing
a huge role in informing the design decisions. The options for roof terraces are very diﬀerent to gardens on the ground. The palette of materials and plants has to be more robust, while the quality of light is diﬀerent and can provide more drama. The boundaries also require a diﬀerent approach, particularly because of the proximity to the sky, which oﬀers a wonderful set of new design opportunities. But the roof terrace isn’t all about private space. Aralia’s Silver Flora RHS show garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2012 was conceived as an external green oﬃce for the future. Sponsored by RBS and set on a London roof terrace, it was named Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow. The idea was to showcase a concept that hadn’t been done before and to promote the beneﬁts to a worldwide audience of a new way of employing unused roof space in urban areas. It was also to illustrate that more corporate companies should be considering oﬀering greener outdoor space to their staﬀ. The beneﬁts for employers are clear: huge appeal and attraction to the staﬀ; better staﬀ retention; more relaxed, happier staﬀ; and better concentration and ability to focus (green environments are proven to do all this) the list goes on. ‘I want an oﬃce like this,’ was the popular feedback from most of the visitors to Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow. The Chelsea show garden included a dual-purpose central LED screen (approx 3m square). This large screen would enable small conferences and presentations to be staged or it could be used to provide an ambience 2
and a backdrop to transport the roof terrace user to another time and place, for example, a woodland walk with the sound of birdsong. The roof terrace garden also included an array of opportunities for solo and team working. The innovative, hanging ‘C’ swings were perfect for individual relaxation; the cantilever bench under the Betula worked well for pairs of workers, perhaps needing to talk privately; and the table top tree desk with its eight barstools under a central table top tree provided opportunities for both individual and group working. There was even a green herb wall our Herbal Tea Bar – which allowed roof terrace users to make a fresh cup of tea from herbs picked directly from the green wall. Finally, there was an external structure, with glass bi-folding doors, seamlessly designed into the roof garden, which allowed an indoor/outdoor space that was usable in all weathers. In short, the design of a roof terrace for corporates adds value for staﬀ and the business. Recently Aralia has been approached to design an indoor/outdoor roof terrace in the
1 (overleaf) Twenty-sixth floor terrace including metal arches with curtain detail, limestone paving and eco plastic planters.
2 Large LED screen for small conferences, Table top Desk (top left corner), Herbal Tea bar
3 Large LED screen with automated canopy and RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 ‘Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow’ Copyright Aralia 2012
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bespoke eco friendly furniture; designed especially for Chelsea for small conferences
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 ‘Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow’ Copyright Aralia 2012
Middle East. This will draw on its technical knowledge, with additional new research and innovation into interior gardens – an area Aralia predicts is set to grow signiﬁcantly and be one of the next major worldwide trends. It’s already
INTERIOR GARDENS IS A NEW TREND AND ONE FROM WHICH THE MIDDLE EAST WOULD UNDOUBTEDLY BENEFIT happening in the UK, to a small extent, but with its speciﬁc climate challenges, the Middle East would undoubtedly beneﬁt from interior gardens. Back in the UK, Aralia has recently completed a roof terrace for a major luxury
developer on a Knightsbridge property in London. It was a basement roof terrace sandwiched between two multistorey residences, and was barely 100m overall. The palette was kept simple, providing unity across the design, and some beautiful ‘wow’ features, such as the step-over water feature, ensured the ﬁnal garden looked stunning. Better still the apartment was sold, once again, in advance of schedule, which resulted in a shorter sales cycle, and increased proﬁts. This roof garden has subsequently been awarded a Gold and Best Roof Terrace Design by the New Homes & Garden Awards 2014 (UK Express Newspapers). There are many sound ecological and aesthetic reasons for introducing green roof gardens. At the moment, hard-landscaped rooftops dominate our city and urban areas. The introduction of greener options will provide wide-ranging beneﬁts to cities and their inhabitants. Looking down onto grey concrete is vastly inferior to the experience of looking down onto, or even up towards well-designed green spaces. Roof terraces come in many shapes and sizes, and on many diﬀerent levels, from basement to ﬂoor 70 and more. The opportunities are enormous and Aralia feels strongly that there is much more innovation that can be done to change the nature and fabric of our roof terraces. For further information, or to talk to Aralia about potential projects, please contact: www.aralia.org.uk Tel: +44 1279 721 461 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Knightsbridge Roof Terrace, London. Copyright Aralia 2014
Chelsea Creek Roof Terraces. Copyright St George PLC 2012
ABOUT PATRICIA FOX Patricia Fox founded Aralia in 2004. She is a registered member of the Society of Garden Designers and is a fully accredited MSGD. Aralia has a strong track record of managing residential and commercial projects in the UK and abroad and has worked on master plans for country estates of several acres.
4 Low level roof terrace with limestone paving, pebble mat edging, bespoke metal archway and lush green planting
5 Seventh floor roof terrace including automated aluminium louvered pergola, outdoor fireplace, green wall and Eco plastic planters
6 Seventh floor terrace with hardwood decking, underlit glass panel, outdoor fireplace and kitchen with automated canopy
Chelsea Creek Roof Terraces, Copyright St George PLC 2012
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TOP DECK Timber specialist Karl Harrison extols the virtues of good quality external wooden flooring
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Timber flooring for outside Whether itâ€™s a new development, private garden or the most opulent roof top terrace, timber should form an important and integral element of the design. Provided the right specification of timber has been considered, and the installation has been well thought out and managed, it will justify the designerâ€™s choice of material.
Natural and tactile Nature has provided us with some incredible materials. Timber is one of its most versatile and works perfectly as flooring for high-end gardens. The colours are varied and the many different grains range from straight lines to complex swirls and patterns that will enhance the overall design. I believe that a natural wooden floor breaks through the rigidity of a
can last for more than 50 years. It is essential, however, to consider a thicker than normal material. Properly treated and maintained, this ﬂooring will last.
A surface that keeps So we have our doubters… your surface has been worn in, abused and, perhaps, the maintenance has slipped. But don’t worry. Your ﬂooring can be brought back to life. This can happen 10 or 20 years after the original installation and the original colour nd quality can be restored without issue. So you can demand an exterior ﬂooring that keeps its colour. Modern oils and care products with UV inhibitors will also extend the life of your decking. Stylish combinations Walnut and bronze, teak and stainless steel. Both combinations form the basis for beautiful sets of material. I always think beyond the standards of a simple timber ﬂoor and if the design brief permits, enhance the complexity of the arrangement by introducing lines of other materials. Metals are a choice of the few, but if high-end were a standard brief, there would be no such word as luxury and every timber ﬂooring would be surrounded by these other precious materials.
stone surface and creates a more symbiotic blend of materials. After all, we’re in a garden, not a shopping mall. Accuracy and durability Timber is often overlooked as a material because of its perceived lack of durability. In fact, it can be proven that a good-quality, well-constructed hardwood timber decking
Lines of luxury If I had to persuade you of the luxurious qualities of a solid teak deck within a beautifully designed garden, then I would invite you to look again at your yacht… Teak is the choice of ﬂooring when the discerning client demands the best. Think of the most contemporary, the most expensive and the answer is one and the same: teak. We have on this planet some beautiful and exotic plants and classic combinations of exotic materials. Teak ﬂooring sits perfectly among them.
1 Barcelona, Elondo, 32x120mm, 800m2 2 Valencia, Ipe, 21x100mm, 4,000m2
ABOUT KARL HARRISON Karl Harrison and his wife Lana run Exterior Solutions Ltd and are experts in the manufacture and supply of burnt timber wall coverings, cladding and sidings for Europe and the UAE. www.exteriordecking.co.uk
3 Seville, Merbau, 21x100mm, 450m2
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he Outdoor Design and Build Show is an annual B2B tradeshow that focuses purely on design and build for all public and private spaces including parks, urban areas, hotels, schools, sports venues, and major residential projects. Hosted and fully backed by Dubai Municipality, the event is the only dedicated international platform in the Middle East that caters to the entire spectrum of hard and soft landscape products and services. Major confirmed exhibitors include: Gulf Landscape, Wt Burden, Nahar LLC, and Hunter Industries. The UAE’s developers are setting the pace for sustainable development in the Middle East and North Africa, driving higher regional standards in the outdoor construction and design industry, says a leading consultant. The UAE’s construction industry is enjoying resurgence, with a total value of USD 315 billion in announced and planned projects last year, according to research by EC Harris, driven by mega-projects such as Expo 2020 and by spending on social infrastructure. “Dubai and Abu Dhabi are definitely leading the way for sustainable development here in the MENA region, with the municipalities having provided minimum standards that all developers must adhere to,” said Walter Bone, Landscape Design Architect at Khatib & Alami, one of the leading design firms in the region. “We are seeing many developers going above and beyond these standards and setting the bar for other developers to follow, which is great for the whole industry.” Developers in the region are increasingly looking at making better use of outdoor space, and providing a better environment for people to use it more effectively. “While in many areas here, people don’t tend to make much use of available open space, once you provide people with spaces where they can live, work and play they will take advantage of that,” Bone said.
“By providing landscaping amenities such as shaded areas, gathering places and so on, you make the quality of peoples’ lives so much better. This is a concept that has been adopted around the world for a very long time and since Dubai and Abu Dhabi have embraced it, we can look forward to seeing it being embraced in other parts of the region.” UAE regulations stipulate that 25 percent of a project’s development area must be set aside for environmentallyresponsible landscaping, while Abu Dhabi is addressing sustainable development through its Estidama – the Arabic word for sustainability – initiative. “Since its inception, Al Barari has focused on environmental management strategies to integrate sustainability throughout the entire community, from engineering design and construction, to composting, water polishing and recycling,” said Kamelia Bin Zaal, Creative Director at Al Barari, the unique and groundbreaking eco-friendly residential community in Dubai. “We aim to not only minimise the local impact of development, but to enhance the regional environment and bring about careful ecological restoration.” “Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s forward thinking is providing an example to the rest of the region and once again confirms the UAE’s status as a regional leader,” said Nicholas Webb, Managing Partner of Streamline Marketing Group, the organisers of the Outdoor Design and Build Show 2015, taking place in Dubai on 13th – 15th April 2015. “By addressing sustainability issues now we are, quite literally, building for all our futures.” 2014 ODBS was serious, slick and sophisticated. Our biggest showcase to date, we had a brilliant response from the industry from all over GCC. The show offered us a unique opportunity to promote the WT Burden's brands to a specialist audience. The quality of the contacts and leads have been to a very high standard and we are excited about the new projects the event generated. Jana Matysova Street Furniture Division Manager WT Burden Middle East
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he Dubai World Trade Centre will host the third annual Outdoor Design and Build show since its launch in April 2013. In partnership with Dubai Municipality, the B2B trade show is focused on design and build for all private and public spaces including public parks, urban areas, hotels, schools, sports venues and major residential projects. The event is the only exhibition in the Middle East that covers the full range of international hard and soft landscaping products and services. Since being opened by director general of Dubai Municipality His Excellency Hussain Nasser Lootah on 13 April 2013 the Outdoor Design and Build show has made a signiﬁcant contribution to the revival of the city’s construction sector. Under new legislation encouraging sustainable construction, The Gulf Cooperation
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Council’s (GCC) state contractors and developers are obliged to allocate 25% of all forthcoming projects to green space. These new considerations have boosted visitor numbers at the Outdoor Design and Build show as public and private developers sought to meet new service providers and learn about new products. At present, as much as $2.87tn worth of projects are in the design, bid or construction stage in GCC countries, according to Zawya Projects data, with $1.53tn of real estate projects under construction. The region’s construction boom has occurred thanks to increased social infrastructure spending and Dubai municipality’s has target of covering a quarter of the Emirate in green space by 2025. The 2014 exhibition hosted 3,000 international industry professionals from
across the landscaping and construction sector, an increase of 500 visitors over the ﬁrst show. There was a diverse range of visitors last year with 42% being chairman and managing directors and a third of visitors interior designers, landscape architects and engineering directors. In 2015, the show’s 70 conﬁrmed exhibitors will congregate in halls ﬁve and six of the city’s World Trade Centre from Monday 13-15 April to showcase their products and illustrate the latest trends in outdoor design and build available to the Middle East’s green building developers. The Outdoor Design and Build show is of interest to industry professionals worldwide from across the landscape and construction sector. Visitors will assemble from Monday 13 to Wednesday 15 April to meet 2015’s main exhibitors, including; Gulf Landscape, Wt Burden, Nahar LLC, and Hunter Industries.
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Al Hilal Furniture Trading
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Outdoor play equipment
Alomi Real Wood Floors LLC
Recycled rubber and ﬂooring products
Bin Sabt Sports and Leisure is also representing the following brands:
Sport ﬂooring, rubber ﬂooring, artiﬁcial turf and playground equipment
Stadium and sports hall seating
Lausin Y Vicente
Polyurethane sports surfaces
Acrylic sports surfaces
Children’s playground equipment
Water park play equipment
Bin Hendi Enterprises LLC is also representing the following brands:
Playground equipment and surfaces
Street lighting, site furnishing, covers, grates and sports and playground equipment
Landscape Structures Inc
Inclusive playground equipment
Notts Sports Synthetic Surfacing
Synthetic surfacing systems for children’s playgrounds
Blue Stream Environmental Technology LLC
Urban street furniture and playground equipment
Buzon Pedestal International
Pedestal for terrace ﬂooring
Cemer Kent Ekipmanlari
Chabros International Group
Outdoor and indoor decking
Concrete outdoor products
Dajar Sp ZOO
Outdoor garden furniture
Drip and Fresh LLC
Cooling misting systems
Emirates Tents LLC
Outdoor tensile and shade structures
Urban and street furniture
Fairmont Industries Sdn Bhd
Rubber granules and raw materials
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A-Z EXHIBITORS Hosted by:
“By providing landscaping amenities such as shaded areas, COUNTRY gathering places and so on, you make the quality of peoples’ lives so much better. This is a concept that has been adopted public NV and private spaces including parks, urban areas, Forest Avenue Windscreens, terrace panels and ﬂower pots Belgium around the world for a very long time and since Dubai and hotels, schools, sports venues, and major residential projects. Gale Paciﬁc FZE Tensile and agriculture shading cloth Abu manufacturer UAE to seeing it Dhabi have embraced it, we can look forward Hosted and fully backed by Dubai Municipality, the event is being embraced in other parts of the region.” Gebal Co LLC is also representing Playground equipment, shading, street furniture, gym equipment, sports surfaces UAE the only dedicated international platform in the Middle East the following brands: UAE regulations stipulate that 25 percent of a project’s that caters to the entire spectrum of hard and soft landscape development area must be set aside for environmentallyLappset Play equipment Finland products and services. Major confirmed exhibitors include: Gulf responsible landscaping, while Abu Dhabi is addressing Landscape, Wt Burden, Nahar LLC, and Hunter Industries. Rosehill Polymers TPV rubber ﬂooring UK sustainable development through its The UAE’s developers are Sineu Graﬀ Street furniture France Estidama – the Arabic word for setting the pace for sustainability – initiative. Sutcliﬀ e Play development Play equipment UK sustainable “Since its inception, Al Barari has in the Middle East and The Great Outdoor Gym Company Outdoor gym equipment UK focused on environmental North Africa, driving Global Light and Power LLC LED lighting ﬁxtures UAEto integrate management strategies higher regional standards sustainability throughout the entire in the outdoor Gottardo SRL Street furniture and playground equipment Italy community, from engineering design construction and design Greenline LLC Landscape contractor and construction, to UAE composting, industry,Gardens says a leading water polishing and UAE recycling,” said consultant. Grill Stone FZC Brick and stone barbecues, wood ﬁred ovens and associated products Kamelia Bin Zaal, Creative Director at TheFab UAE’s construction Gulf Shade and Engineering LLC Shading contractor – tents and tensile structures Al Barari, the uniqueUAE and groundindustry is enjoying breaking eco-friendlyUAE residential Gulf Landscape and Irrigation Landscaping contractor resurgence, with a total community in Dubai. “We aim to not Systems LLC value of USD 315 billion in only minimise the local impact of HAGS Aneby AB equipment and Sweden announced and planned projects lastPlay year, according tourban furniture development, but to enhance the regional environment and research by EC Harris, driven by mega-projects such as Expo bring about careful ecological restoration.” USA Hunter Industries is also Irrigation manufacturer 2020 and by social infrastructure. representing thespending following on brand: “Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s forward thinking is providing an and Abu Dhabi are definitely Outdoor leading lighting the way for FX“Dubai Luminaire USA confirms the example to the rest of the region and once again sustainable development here in the MENA region, with the UAE’swith status a regional leader,” Webb, Ignea Lda is also representing the Urban furniture (granite, marble and steel) ﬁbreas optics and solar panels said Nicholas Portugal municipalities having provided minimum standards that all Managing Partner of Streamline Marketing Group, the following brands: developers must adhere to,” said Walter Bone, Landscape organisers of the Outdoor Design and Build Show 2015, Miguel Concept Electricity homedesign automation Portugal Design Architect at Khatib & Alami, one of theand leading taking place in Dubai on 13th – 15th April 2015. “By firms in the region. addressing sustainability issuessector now we are, quite literally, Norchapa – Steel Industries LDA Promotion, management and execution of projects in the metallurgical Portugal building for all our futures.” “We are seeing many developers going above and beyond he Outdoor Design and Build Show is an annual B2B
COMPANY tradeshow that focuses purelyNATURE on designOF andBUSINESS build for all
these standards and setting the bar for other developers to Instarmac Group is PLC Paving grout follow, which great for the whole industry.”
2014 ODBS was serious, slick and sophisticated. UK Our biggest showcase to date, we had a brilliant response from the industry Juta Grass Artiﬁcial turf manufacturer Czech Republic Developers in the region are increasingly looking at making from all over GCC. The show offered us a unique opportunity to better use of outdoor space, and providing a better promote the WT Burden's brands to a specialist audience. The KIS Solar street lights France environment for people to use it more effectively. quality of the contacts and leads have been to a very high Kreal Urban furniture, lighting, luxury outdoor furniture and play equipment Slovenia standard and we are excited about the new projects the event “While in many areas here, people don’t tend to make much generated. Landscape Forms open space, once you Street furniture UAE use of available provide people with spaces where they can live, work and play they will take Jana Matysova Ludotek SRL Playground equipment Italy advantage of that,” Bone said. Street Furniture Division Manager WT Burden Middle East
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TOPIC HIGHLIGHTS t Landscape: the Forgotten Parameter of Oman’s Environmental Conservation - A Case Study t Landscape to incorporate character and identity t Use of native plants in the designed landscape t Water threats and challenges for Oman
t Geoffrey Sanderson, Principal Landscape Architect, AECOM t David Insall, Environment Consultant, Majan Engineering Consultants LLC t Bart Wubben, Director of Design, Landscape Designs t Ammar Al Kharusi, Sr. Development Manager, OMRAN t James Conway, Associate Landscape Architect, Ove Arup and Partners International Ltd t Andrew Anderson, Landscape Architect, Oman Botanical Gardens t Nikolaus Knebel, Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban Design, German University of Technology, Oman t Angus Robertson, Director of Landscape Architecture Services, KEO t Peter Scott, Manager, Urban Planning & Landscape Architecture Department, Khatib & Alami t Ciaran O’Cuinn, Center Director, Middle East Desalination Research Center
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A look at what’s new in landscaping...
Shou Sugi Ban is a process of burning timber for cladding and is an ancient Japanese technique to enhance the beauty of wood. Exterior Decking’s manufacturing process for its bespoke, handmade projects is highly detailed and accurate. The company can provide many finishes and textures for interior and exterior projects, from the traditional fragile looking scorched surface to the sleek, contemporary brushed finish. The charred ‘Minami’ (below) shows the natural detailing of pure burnt timber.
TigerTurf’s new landscaping creation Edén combines pioneering lightreflective technology with authentic colours inspired by nature to create a surface that looks as lush as a well-kept, natural lawn from any direction. Where other artificial surfaces require pile to face in the direction of the property or focal point to avoid glare, the profiled yarn used in Edén gives each blade an omni-directional surface. As a result the 30mm pile turf can be laid in any direction, leading to time savings for installers and increased satisfaction for end-users.
Outdoor Design: Bespoke Metal Fabrication As a specialist in bespoke metal fabrication for landscape and garden designers, Outdoor Design thrives on supplying the leading names within the industry both in the UK and abroad. From small residential schemes to large commercial projects, it has built a reputation as being the one of the best at what it does, delivering projects on time and on budget. From planters to sculptures, structural to decorative metal work, Outdoor Design is able to undertake any project and deliver to the very highest quality.
Exterior Decking: Modiﬁed Timber SYP Charred
Hunter Irrigation: Micro Irrigation Sprays The Solo-Drip Micro-Spray from Hunter Irrigation provides eight streams of close coverage for efficient, reliable and adjustable coverage. For an umbrella of water with a larger diameter, Hunter offers the Halo-Spray. It’s completely adjustable so it can be customised according to application and landscape. For blanket coverage, multiple units can be combined and appropriately configured. When fixed pattern micro sprays are required, Hunter offers the Trio Micro Spray family. This comes in full-circle, half-circle and 90° angles and is ideal for a controlled environment that’s slightly larger yet still requires a specific radius and pattern.
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Easigrass: Easi-Mayfair Range Easigrass’ latest product Easi-Mayfair features new yarn technology and is designed to British standards, giving it a realistic look and making it suitable for all applications. Easi-Mayfair requires virtually no maintenance or excessive infilling and is ideal for children, pets and high footfall areas. The top selling Easi-Mayfair has been redesigned to include additional features with a softer yarn and even richer colour. This grass is exclusive to the UAE and cannot be purchased anywhere else in the world.
Green-tech: Mona Plant System The Mona Plant system has been developed to efficiently irrigate a tree rootball or a planter. It is the most efficient method of ensuring a healthy start and rapid establishment for trees and plants. The Mona Plant system has been installed in many projects and is particularly suitable for interior landscape projects with large planter installations and for the installation of rootball trees in hard landscaped areas. It ensures quick establishment of plants and healthy root development by providing a robust solution to the watering of large trees. Reservoirs surround the rootball providing a continuous source of water. The system forms a ring around the rootball to ensure optimal growth.
Ultrascape Pro-Prime slurry primer is used to provide an exceptional bond between paving elements and Ultrascape Pro-Bed HS. Traditionally paving is laid directly onto bedding mortar but due to ever-increasing traffic loads, street cleaning and wear and tear, paving it would break away from the mortar bed. Adding a priming layer between the paving element of Pro-Bed HS yields an extremely high bond strength and increased life expectancy. Outdoor Design and Build Stand Number: E7A
Blue Stream: Street Furniture Blue Stream is introducing a new range of aesthetic street furniture in anodized aluminium for indoor and outdoor public spaces. Dedicated to a fully recyclable, light, ductile and therefore environmentally friendly material, this range fuses creative design with research and technology. Each individual stave can be personalised with graphic designs, colours or advertising material. This unique urban design concept is infinitely expandable into benches, litter bins, bike racks, shelters, tables or gazebos. Blue Stream can be seen at the Outdoor Design and Build Show stand D15
Instarmac: Ultrascape Pro-Prime
TigerTurf: Clay Court Pro
Pro Landscaper Gulf is a brand new publication for landscapers, garden designers and landscape SINGAPORE HIGH STAKES architects in the GCC. Building on the success of the UK’s leading landscaping publication Pro OUTDOOR BUILD & DESIGN SHOW Landscaper, Pro Landscaper Gulf will inform, ROOFTOP GARDENS inspire and entertain its readers, offering them a look at their peers’ most interesting projects, LET’S HEAR IT FROM KAMELIA BIN ZAAL the best products for any landscaping scheme and interviews from leading personalities in the region. For information on how to receive your copy of the magazine please call +44 1903 777570 or email email@example.com.
Engineered for use with extra infill and a pile height of just 11mm, Clay Court Pro has been designed to replicate a natural clay court. The surface, which combines rust coloured turf with white lines, is safe and consistent to play on in all conditions. As with all TigerTurf synthetic tennis surfaces, Clay Court Pro meets the highest playing standards set by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and is suitable for all levels of play, from national and international games, to club, school and home courts. Clay Court Pro is guaranteed for up to 12,500 playing hours.
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TRADING WITH BEN BLOOMFIELD We catch up with Ben Bloomfield of Easigrass UAE, who has set up a franchise of the British artificial grass company in the Gulf region. We talk to Ben about the company, who they are and what they do... Easigrass boasts well over 30 years’ experience of transforming gardens, sports pitches, playgrounds, schools and restaurants. Jonathan Gallagher, the original founder of the brand, was joined by his elder brother Anthony almost eight years ago. Anthony took on the challenge of the domestic market and was the man responsible for breaking into the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Easigrass became the first artificial grass company to enter an exhibit in 2010 with their own show garden, which achieved a Silver Gilt Medal. It returned again to gain the highest award in horticulture in 2012, with a Gold Medal. Easigrass’s 31-strong franchise network now provides national coverage across the UK and the company works closely with the likes of top retailer John Lewis. Its international network covers South Africa, New Zealand, The Middle
East, The Balearic islands, Singapore and Maylasia and is set to expand into Europe this year. Jonathan and Anthony’s vision is to make Easigrass a household name for artificial grass worldwide. So, tell us a bit about Easigrass... Easigrass is an artificial grass company from the UK, now in its 30th year of operation. The company supplies and installs synthetic grass for landscaping, sports, interiors, commercial spaces, events and trade shows. The Easigrass Dubai office opened in 2014; this office will be the headquarters for the Easigrass GCC operation. And how does the company operate? The growth and success of Easigrass over the last 30 years has been based on two things: our products and our service. A combination of the finest artificial grass in the market and world class service is at the core of the Easigrass model. From the second we receive an enquiry, all the way to the project sign off, we make sure that the client’s experience is stress-free and enjoyable. It’s a simple formula but it has served us well.
What do you offer the market in the Middle East – is it products only, an installer scheme or a backup service? In the Middle East we offer a full ‘belt and braces’ service. We supply, install and maintain all of our projects. If the client is having other work done, we can also arrange and coordinate a full landscaping package for them. Anything to make the journey as smooth as possible. What products are available in the Middle East? We offer four landscaping products: Easi-Chelsea, Easi-Knightsbridge, Easi-Kensington and Easi-Mayfair. We also offer our full range of sports products. Our sports products are suitable for football (full FIFA-approved manufacturing and installation), rugby, hockey, tennis, cricket and golf. We are continually updating our range and will be releasing some very exciting new products in 2015, so watch this space!
CONTACT Company name Easigrass Email firstname.lastname@example.org Tel +971 4884 8209 Facebook www.facebook.com/easigrassuae Web www.easigrass.ae
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A pictorial look at the best projects in the Gulf
Atlantis,The Palm Hotel & Resort
Al Forsan Hotel
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Abu Dhabi, TerraVerde
Ajman, Alshamsi Terra Firma
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Dubai, EDSA Plan
Abu Dhabi, Terra Incognita
Saudi Arabia, Hok
Burj Khalifa Garden
Dubai Miracle Garden
Hamad International Airport
Abu Dhabi Plaza
Diplomatic Quarter Hotel
Manama, Bahrain, inďŹ‚ux_studio
Abu Dhabi, Martha Schwartz Partners
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