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Landscape & Urban Design Issue 29

January/February 2018 landud.co.uk

Designing Your Outdoor Environment

Madrid Rio Discovers A New Urban Ecology

External Spaces Can Add Significant Value To Lifestyle

Urban Oasis A Transformation Of A Pocket Garden In The Heart Of The City

Wonderful & Unique Renovation Of A Large Rear Garden


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his young professional couple with four children approached us for complete renovation of their large rear garden in Clapham. They had recently had extensive work done to their property with a stunning back of house extension new kitchen, large folding doors and full refurb throughout the house.

This wonderful and unique (with indented middle section) back of house renovation meant they now looked at their exterior space – a larger than usual plot for the area 24/7 and their existing quaint traditional formal garden was not in keeping with their lifestyle.

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There are a young and active family with three children all under the age of seven and the compartmentalised fussy existing set up needed to be replaced with a large open child friendly play area and entertaining space. They wanted areas for seating and socialising required for both their large extended family and their friends. They liked the idea of lounging but also of dinning and were hoping for an area that could be used more frequently than must the hot summer months. They also liked cooking and a bbq of some sorts was required. The children required space with a large as possible lawn either artificial or real, some sort of play area and the entertainment area should also take their needs into account. At the end of the garden was the coach house a detached one bed flat with access from street

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size but also in the back righthand corner of the garden. The views from the house which had been acknowledge as hugely important meant the style of the interior should play a large part in design choice for the exterior. Internal grey wood effect tiles, minimal handless grey kitchen, large grey L shaped sofa comprised the areas directly adjoining the house and it was discussed that the exterior might follow suit. The levels of the interior floor at the base of the new doors meant there was a drop down into the garden and it was a key consideration whether to step straight into the garden or to have some sort of terrace. Additionally both fences were shot and the first fence between the neighbours garden needed replacing and the street side fence the same allowing for access, privacy and security. The two clients were in friendly dispute about whether the garden should be low maintenance and bold with regards to planting design or if it should be more planterly and softer, with a more traditional feel. The husband loved garden lighting and was very keen to have as much as economically and visually possible. It was agreed that this would enhance the views all year round from the inside. Overall a open plan stylish and modern family garden was the preferred type of design required. Design brief solution The boundaries were our first consideration, I wanted to use a style of fence that was both traditional and contemporary and tied in with the style of the Victorian town house and its new modern conversation. A traditional tongue and grove panel was opted for with contemporary slatted trellis painted in a complimentary

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colour to the home. The levels were next on the agenda, I felt due to the size of the garden we would be able to have a terrace extending at the same height as the internal floor stepping down approximately a quarter the way in to the garden whilst leaving us the remaining significant part

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of the garden at one level. We chose a grey composite deck as our initial material, this also helped alleviate any damp and drainage issues and would also give a soft feel for small bare feet running around with all doors open. I still wanted

there to be a decent sized level area for when the doors were open for level continuity and also so that they could pull out their kitchen table out on to the terrace is they so wished. We then installed the step down beyond this onto the large lawn


in this instance we opted for artificial due to maintenance and all year round look. The next step was to design the entertaining and seating area, the position for this was for the west facing side for late sun away from the

passing pedestrians and cars on the roadside. Two areas were devised, one for lounging and one for upright seating and these combined with raised planters comprised the construction on the large porcelain patio. The seating sizes were considered with

the number of people in mind and seating style was chosen to allow movement and flow around the area. Along with a decking strip running in line with one corner of the extension to frame the patio I chose this matching Landscape & Urban Design

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product to cap our seating for when the cushions had been put away. A stand along table and chairs were to be chosen to sit alongside the low bench and a fire pit as a focal point for the day bed seating opposite. Beyond this I felt it best to place the children’s play equipment, a bespoke tree house and climbing frame was proposed but currently a simple artificial lawn and trampoline has been installed as a temporary measure. The raised beds of the entertainment area with the planting choice serve to partially screen this kid’s area from said area and the house. Access to the coach house remains here as well. The long side of the coach house was parallel to the back of the main house and the London stock brick work was the back drop to the garden and to flower beds and feature planting I opted for in front. An additional matching bench was positioned centrally to the house with three feature pots planted by its side. To the left of this a large feature birch partially screening the cushion storage in the corner. Along the left side I chose to have a bespoke but simple BBQ with easy access from the house and coupled with this a third seating area so that the chef has someone to share a beer with while he cooks. Beneath the BBQ cupboard was made with doors to match the trellis for continuity. For cohesion and style we chose a simple pallet of colours and materials one deck choice, one paving choice, one main paint colour all tying together for one harmonious style. This neutral pallet was to be lifted by the planting which whilst largely green, grey and white was to be enhanced by splashes of colour purples and pinks. The lighting plan was set up on a four way remote control with ground lights, up lights, wall lights and fairy lights. PROJECT Chris Harrington (registered member of the society of garden design)

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virgin forest is prohibited, and legislation encourages biodiversity as much as timber quality. Backed by the Government’s support for renewable energy, almost all of Norway’s electricity production is provided by hydropower. This has considerable implications for production, as will be seen later. Borne out of an area that endures the harshest of conditions, and often sees annual temperature swings of 50-60oC, quality and longevity are key if products are to last more than a few years in use.


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It’s generally understood that carrying out all manufacturing within a contained area will bring environmental benefits by keeping ’road miles’ to a minimum. All Vestre’s production is carried out in Scandinavia, using the shortest possible delivery routes.

Choice of materials also plays a key role in sustainable production; Vestre uses only Nordic materials:

Investment in modern production facilities brings about improvements in efficiency: robotic cutting and welding, for instance, ensure high quality and precision, minimal use of resources, and less waste than traditional methods. Vestre’s production utilises renewable energy, with major benefits: •

The use of only Nordic steel means greenhouse gas emissions for the material are 30% lower than the average global steel producer.

Hot-dip galvanising, which provides permanent rust protection, is carried out in a bath of molten zinc, at a temperature of 450oC. This energy intensive process has a significantly lower impact due to the employment of renewable energy.

Steel – only Nordic steel is used, which is dimensioned to cope with rough use and processed to maximise durability. High quality steel also ensures excellent adhesion of the galvanising alloy layer that protects against rust. Polyester powder coating – the powder is solventfree and applied using advanced nozzles that ensure full coverage. The resulting high quality finish of Corrosion Class C5 will withstand the most corrosive of atmospheric conditions. Timber - is impregnated with natural linseed oil (the eco-friendly Linax system) which offers lasting protection against rot and is virtually maintenancefree. Whole Life Cost A long product lifecycle is good for the environment and ‘disposable’ solutions are avoided so as not to unnecessarily use finite resources. Initial outlay will ideally deliver a lengthy lifespan with minimal maintenance requirements, along with the availability of spare parts should a product be damaged.

Lengthy warranties bring certainty that a product will be fit for use for many years: Vestre’s warranties are lifetime anti-rust warranty for steel components, 15-year adhesion warranty for painted surfaces that have not been subjected to mechanical damage or corrosive chemicals etc, 15-year warranty on timber applies to damage caused by rot. Vestre works systematically to reduce its impact on the environment and it is their aim to obtain climate certification for all products. The first supplier of climateneutral furniture for urban environments, sustainability information can be downloaded from www.vestre.com

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One of the futurebuild districts, which surround the sustainability showcases and feed into the main conference programme, is the Green and Blue Infrastructure district. It will offer solutions in water management, external landscaping, biophilic design and biodiversity. Central to this district is the British Association of Landscaping Industries (BALI) Pavilion, which will showcase member technologies and products. A comprehensive seminar programme in this district will offer visitors sessions ranging from engaging communities with green and blue infrastructure and placemaking, to natural flood management and biophilic design. Key speakers include Liane Hartley from Mend, Dr Paul Quinn from the University of Newcastle and BRE’s Dr Ed Suttie. Other futurebuild districts include: g District Energy g Building Performance g Infrastructure g Timber g Concrete

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ecobuild is also supporting the third annual CIBSE Challenge for Green Design, which seeks to highlight the role of building level green infrastructure. The winner will be announced at an ecobuild reception on the opening day of the event. The CPD Accredited Conference Programme

landscaping sector. The showcases will truly put sustainability at the heart of the event. They include The Hive by The Edible Bus Stop, a pocket park highlighting biodiversity, biophilia, health and wellbeing. The showcases will also feature two full scale builds, including the zero net carbon home from ZEDfactory – designed to minimise fossil fuels and annual energy bills. It offers a complete response to the housing crisis.

This year’s conference takes its lead from global environmental targets, with sessions formulating practical recommendations for action. It also tackles the big UK challenges, ranging from ideas for a healthier and greener London, to an assessment of the progress being made by the UK Property and Construction sector to becoming sustainable. Speakers at these sessions include Peter Murray, Hero Bennett, Adrian Gault and Julie Hirigoyen.

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The ecobuild sustainability showcases are home to the some of the most innovative solutions to the issues facing the

ecobuild is working with a number of strategic partners who are contributing to the overall strategy and shape of the event to ensure it is reflective of the industry’s needs. Notable partners include the Considerate Constructors Scheme, BRE, NLA, Bioregional, CIBSE and the Edge. The event will also host the BREEAM Awards and the Offsite Construction Awards.


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Madrid Rio. A New Urban Ecology

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he project has received the American Architecture Prize in the Public Landscape Architecture category

The American Architecture Prize recognizes works of architecture, interior and landscape design which stand out for their excellence, innovative and functional design. The award-winning projects are characterized for

their positive contribution to the spaces we inhabit, for inspiring current users and lasting for future generations. Such is the case of Madrid Rio, a complex intervention at the heart of the city of Madrid. In 2003, Madrid Council decided to build a tunnel for a stretch of the main ring road [M30] around the city, which ran along the banks of the Manzanares River for 8 km. When constructed

30 years ago, this road caused the disappearance of the links between the city and its river, making the river isolated, inaccessible and invisible. As a result of the construction of these tunnels, an enormous space opened up in the heart of Madrid. The Madrid Río (Madrid River) project is the result of winning the First Prize in the international competition which Landscape & Urban Design

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was entered by, among others, Eisenman/Field Operations, Herzog & de Meuron, Navarro Baldeweg, Dominique Perrault and SANAA. The project includes organizing the 8 km of the banks of the River Manzanares that pass through the city, the design of 150 Ha [370 acres] of parks, 12 bridges and 6 Ha [15 acres] of public and sports facilities, interpretation and art centers, an urban beach, children’s areas and cafés, and the restoration of the hydraulic architectural heritage. In addition, a master plan was drafted for an area of 880 Ha [2,173 acres] which will give a prominent role to public space in the districts closest to the river. The complex work involved in

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building road tunnels provided the design team with an unprecedented opportunity to situate the city of Madrid within its surroundings. The project establishes a physical and conceptual continuity, which did not previously exist, between the city center and the valuable

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countryside that surrounds it, and as a result the Manzanares River has been transformed into the point that connects the city with its geography. On top of this huge “underground construction“ vegetation was used as the

main material, constructing a dense and ecologically rich plant structure to create an artificial and urban but living landscape on an inert underground substrate. Almost half of the project’s surface area is on top of the tunnels and the complicated technical facilities


associated with these and large urban infrastructures. It is the most important project executed in Madrid over the last few decades and probably one of the most ambitious projects carried out in Europe in recent times. This is perhaps the first project following a new

approach of integrating large infrastructures and the built fabric of cities with the natural environment that surrounds them, producing a place in which the landscape, the city, the architecture and the urban infrastructures combine to create greater environmental

biodiversity and a city that is greener and more habitable and sustainable. Â The project was highly complex and to solve the issues it was vital to use solutions that almost reached the limit of what is technically possible.

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The team led by Ginés Garrido was comprised of four architecture offices and a dozen specialist engineers and consultants. It was contracted to construct the Madrid Río project and to be solely responsible for managing all the architecture and landscape architecture designs and all the technical work required to complete the project. About the Architects: Burgos & Garrido. Architecture office founded by Francisco Burgos and Ginés Garrido in Madrid. Both are Professors at the ETS Arquitectura UPM. The office focuses their work on collective housing projects, public space and urban planning. They have completed projects of diverse scale in Russia, Switzerland, Australia and some Latin-American countries. Currently, they are developing the project for the Extension of the Art Museum of Lima [MALI] in Peru, resulting from the international competition held in 2016. Porras La Casta. Architecture Office founded by Arantxa La Casta and Fernando de PorrasIsla, the latter, professor at the Toledo School of Architecture and the European University of Madrid. They have developed international cooperation projects in Central America since 1997 and are currently working on the construction of seven bridges in Lingang City, on the outskirts of Shanghai. In 2017, they won the international competition for the restoration of the Plaza de España in Madrid. Rubio & A-Sala. Architecture Office founded by Carlos Rubio y Enrique Álvarez-Sala. They have been associated professors of the School of Architecture of Madrid (UPM). Their recent works are the mixed use tower SyV built in the new financial center of the city of Madrid and the new Cebada Market in Madrid which received the first prize of an international competition. Carlos Rubio,

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together with Norman Foster, has recently won the competition for the extension of the Prado Museum. West 8. Founded in 1987, West 8 is one of the leading landscape architecture and urban design offices in the world. With a multidisciplinary team, Geuze and his partners have consolidated West 8’s three decades of reputation with cutting-edge design in large-scale planning, landscape, urban design and infrastructure projects throughout Europe, Asia

and America, including winning of major competitions such as the Toronto Central Waterfront in 2005 and the Governors Island Park in NY in 2007. PROJECT CREDITS: Madrid Río project by: Burgos & Garrido Porras La Casta Rubio & Álvarez-Sala West 8   architectureprize.com/winners/ winner.php?id=3060 www.burgos-garrido.com/


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Genesis Plant Marketing took the product on and after a number of years working to get production up and running there are now suppliers in the UK and Europe and material working its way through to Canada and the USA.

Really marketable novel trees have been hard to find for many years and the industry now seems much more alert to adding novelty into their portfolios and we are looking forward to playing our part in that process.

It stood out because of its intense and rich autumn colouring that developed when autumn temperatures started to fall giving the striking effect of autumn orange to red vermillion leaf colour. Being careful growers they wanted to test the variety properly they grew the seedling to many metres in height alongside their other transplants and year on year it maintained these vivid characteristics.

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long term business relations. We want to help you grow‌ Interactive shopping on our web shop coupled with an experienced sales team are guaranteed to provide you with the outstanding service and assistance that your require. If you are interested in our products email us at salesuk@svdvyver.com


Experience, Independence If you are interested in cooperating with us we are currently looking for, Area sales manager/Sales Representative UK based • • • •

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The position focuses on promoting the name and values of the company throughout the designated area through client maintenance and sourcing, by actively visiting existing clients and searching for new ones.

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Instant Hedges

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nstant Hedges is known nationwide for our outstanding instant hedges in trough form or individual plants grown specifically to form an instant hedge when planted. However a well kept secret up to now is we stock the widest range of PLEACHED TREES in the UK.

Low pleaches are proving equally as popular as the standard counterparts so our stock reflects this. We have a variety of low pleaches with a clear stem of 100cm or 150cm. The species we have available include Prunus laurocerasus, Photinia, Ilex, Fagus and Liquidambar.

Our extensive portfolio of stock allows us to cater for projects where the budget is more restrictive requiring the use of younger 12-14cm girth pleached trees to grow on and fill out in the coming season upto mature 30-35cm pleached trees with full coverage across the trellis for the perfect instant screen.

Sourcing plants for projects can be more challenging during the summer months when rootballed trees are not an option but we have all of these pleached trees in containers on our nursery available for your project NOW.

The standard pleached tree size is 150x150cm frame on a 180-200cm clear stem. We have these in abundance but our range is not limited to these sizes. We have frame sizes upto 180cm tall or 180cm wide depending on the specific need. We also have trained nursery men who can adapt the existing framework or stem height to customise the pleached tree for your specific project. The species we have available include Prunus laurocerasus, Photinia, Quercus Ilex, Ilex, Pyrus Chanticleer and Carpinus.

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Instant Hedges has been based on our main container nursery in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, for 12 years. We continue to grow and expand not only our container production side of the nursery but also our field grown production. Our central UK location allows us to deliver to the whole of the UK. Instant Hedges business and reputation has grown over the years but our commitment to offering complete end to end service from consultancy through sourcing, supply and distribution to planting and maintenance has remained. Managing Director Nick Angel concludes:

“Our reputation has been built on the expertise of our personnel, our appreciation of customer expectation, the quality and service and the value-formoney we are able to deliver on each and every project.� Please give us a call and make an appointment to see for yourself how we can help with your next project. For more information contact Instant Hedges on 01296 399585 or email sales@instanthedges.co.uk. www.instanthedges.co.uk Twitter: @InstantHedges Facebook: Instant Landscapes Ltd


Growers and suppliers of semi-mature and mature trees, shrubs and instand hedging

From our purpose built nursery and distribution centre in Buckinghamshire, we have built a renowned business specialising in the growth, supply and planting of containerised trees, shrubs and instant hedging. Our clients range from private individuals with very personal requirements to some of the UK’s largest commercial organisations, as well as local authorities and award winning landscape designers. Photos shown from left to right: Pleached trees and instant hedging on our nursery. Our range of evergreen troughs. Pleached Prunus laurocerasus.

Our Products Trees

We are growers and suppliers of a wide variety of native and non-native, semi-mature and mature, containerised tress that range from 10-12cm up to 120cm+.

Hedging

Our mature instant Hedge range is available for easy planting or larger, individual trimmed sections that can be linked together for any application. We stock most species up to 3m+ in height but as stock levels vary daily, please contact us for availability. Larger sizes are available on request.

Pleached Trees

We host the finest range of pleached Trees in the UK on our nursery in Aylesbury. We grow and supply a vast selection of pleached trees for all market, from individual private gardens to award winning Chelsea Show designers. This extensive range allows us to cater for all budgets from freshly pleached trees to well established mature screens.

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Urban Oasis: a pocket garden in the heart of the city

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n the autumn of 2015, Peter Reader Landscapes was approached by Kenham Building Ltd who were re-developing a Victorian postal office in a prestigious West London

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location into a secluded luxury house covering 750sq m with 5 bedrooms and a 20m basement swimming pool. Central to the design was an open courtyard area which the key rooms and bedrooms wrapped around through 2 stories. In keeping

with the move to ‘greening the city’, Kenham where keen that the space felt like a garden rather than a courtyard. Given the integral position of the garden it was important that the garden and house flowed together and that the garden


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delivered a real ‘wow’ factor to the overall design. Despite the small size of the garden (56 sq m), Peter Reader Landscapes was keen to divide the space with level changes, virtual rooms and small journeys. These features serve to give the garden interest, whilst a blend of construction materials including white render, a powder coated steel rill and planters, limestone pavers and black pebbles add beauty and keep the garden cohesive as a whole. The three areas designed into the garden are, a bench seating area under pleached, evergreen Quercus ilex trees, a ‘floating’ patio providing space for alfresco dining, and an area of raised planters containing evergreen topiary and perennials. Water tumbles into the

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garden from a steel blade in the far wall, through a series of falls, and snakes under the floating patio, finally finishing in a pool at the opposite side of the garden. The flowing water creates soothing sounds and visual movement, whilst the still pool reflects the sky and brings light and space into the centre of the house. The main pathway zig-zags through the raised planters before crossing

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over the pool. At this end of the garden are the large sliding glass doors into the house, allowing the living areas and the garden to blend seamlessly together as the matching grey limestone slabs of both inside and out flow together. Planting consists of evergreen topiary giving all year structure and character, complemented by a mix of shade-tolerant plants selected for varying leaf colours and

shapes. Finally, a select palette of repeat flowering hardy perennials provides for a long season of colourful interest. Given the small space that is very fixed by its solid wall boundaries and the complexity of features such as the water feature, this project required enormous attention to detail and close working with the architects and other artisans


involved in its delivery. However, with this garden, Peter Reader Landscapes demonstrates that with ambition and meticulous design, truly beautiful and very useable gardens can be achieved in the smallest of city spaces. For more details on this project and others with our portfolio please visit us at: www. readerlandscapes.com.

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Elevate A Garden Design Scheme Using A Greenhouse

A Hartley Botanic bepoke lean to greenhouse within a walled garden

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his year, Longview Design was commissioned by Lancashirebased, heritage greenhouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic to design their RHS Chelsea Flower Show tradestand. The stand won a 5 star award for the RHS recommended manufacturer. Landscape Architect Joe Perkins, CoDirector of Longview Design reveals some key insights around incorporating a greenhouse or glasshouse into a garden scheme. From a client consultancy point of view, suggesting the addition of a greenhouse or glasshouse to a garden scheme means your client can begin to get year-round enjoyment of their outdoor space. For keen gardeners, allocating a space in their garden ‘under glass’ extends the range of plants they can grow and allows them to indulge in a specific plant passion. Victorian-inspired ‘plant collecting’ has definitely come back into fashion, partly thanks to a renewed interest in architectural tropical-style plants and hardy succulents. A greenhouse is a great way to not only extend a plant collection but also to house and show it off.

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Greenhouses can make an extremely effective focal point for a garden scheme. They are great for zoning off and visually organising a large, unwieldy space and can add a central structure to work around. I am particularly fond of using them in walled gardens or within a classic English vegetable garden. A lean-to can work well here and adds a beautiful, historic draw for the eye. Pick a classic greenhouse design for this, such as a bespoke Victorian lean-to from Hartley Botanic, or for larger gardens, try their Victorian Manor Glasshouse. A contemporary glasshouse can look really breathtaking within a more modern planting scheme and, with designs which are generally more minimalist, if used cleverly, garden planting schemes can extend through them. A modern design and a modern approach would also be to see the greenhouse or glasshouse as a living and organic part of the garden rather than as a separate structure. I loved the way designer Catherine MacDonald achieved this at Chelsea last year using a Hartley bespoke glasshouse. The glasshouse becomes almost at one with

the plantings as a result of the well-paired colours and the thin, waif-like trees. As long as a greenhouse or glasshouse is beautiful and well made then its vertical structure can add real value within a garden scheme. It’s height and architectural qualities brings depth and three-dimensional balance to a garden, especially if overall plantings are quite low. In addition to the benefit they bring as a structure, if your client wants help designing how they use their greenhouse your plant sourcing choices can also harmonise with the colours and textures of the wider garden. If used cleverly, a greenhouse can become an incredible tool for any gardener, but can also act as a useful anchor point for your designs. All Hartley Botanic’s greenhouses and glasshouses are made to order. Customers interested in purchasing a Hartley Botanic greenhouse should visit: www.hartley-botanic.co.uk or call 01457 819 155 for more information. For more information about Longview Design, please visit: www.longviewdesign.co.uk


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egardless of the weather, we like to spend as much time as possible in our garden which is no longer separated from our house but forms and integral part of our living room. Being outside becomes living outdoor. With many years of experience in sun protection screens and ventilation, Shade ZoneÂŽ is lifting the outdoor space to a higher level. Due to the right application of techniques and innovative products, it is now possible to enjoy your terrace and garden in early spring, summer and during the Indian summer period. Shade ZoneÂŽ pays a great deal of attention to the quality of the finish, a simple and flexible assembly, as well as the solidity

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during the development phase of its terrace coverings. The fixation parts have been made invisible and the electrical cables have been hidden away inside the structure.

Even the ground fixation can be concealed. You can select a terrace covering to suit your own wishes.


Our terrace coverings can be fully made to measure and come in different styles – from traditional to modern or contemporary. So we create for you an elegant and timeless external extension of your home and business. Lapure®, Lagune® and Toscane® are always constructed with an angled roof against the wall. Camargue®, Skye®, Algarve® and Algarve® Roof have at, louvered roofs. There are several installation methods: free-standing with 4 columns, spotted to an outside wall with 1 or 2 columns, or integrated into an existing opening without columns. You can also join different roof components for certain types.

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architectural intent, resulting in “hidden” structural supports to minimise beam depth. They worked closely with Elite Landscapes, the Principal Contractor, to ensure all trades were coordinated to deliver a successful scheme. To achieve the desired simple lines, careful detailing was required to house the lighting rods and conceal their power supply and driver units discreetly. Precision fabrication was needed to realise this ambition. The final result is a stunning illuminated bridge that provides a stylish focal point over the meandering waterway the Chelsea Creek development.

which, when lit from their base, To complete the hard landscaping provide an illuminated enclosure, around the Chelsea Creek luxury while a stripped down secondary apartment development, London To complete the hard landscaping the Chelsea internal Creek luxury apartment development, London If you need a bridge as a focal handrail provides pedestrian developer, Berkeley Staround George developer, Berkeley St George needed a statement bridge. point in your scheme contact CTS restraint. needed a statement bridge. Bridges for a full The 24m long bridge comprises a deceptively simple, elegant concept incorporating acrylic rods into the CTS were appointed to undertake The 24m long bridge comprises a design, build painted steel frame at close centres which, when lit from their base, provide an illuminated enclosure, while a design, manufacture and installation deceptively simple, elegant concept and installation stripped down secondary internal handrail provides pedestrian restraint. and offered different structural incorporating acrylic rods into the package. to bestand achieve the frame atdesign, close centres CTS were painted appointedsteel to undertake manufactureoptions and installation offered different structural options to best achieve the architectural intent, resulting in “hidden” structural supports to minimise beam depth. They worked closely with Elite Landscapes, the Principal Contractor, to ensure all trades were coordinated to deliver a successful scheme.

To achieve the desired simple lines, careful detailing was required to house the lighting rods and conceal their power supply and driver units discreetly. Precision fabrication was needed to realise this ambition. The final result is a stunning illuminated bridge that provides a stylish focal point over the meandering waterway the Chelsea Creek development. If you need a bridge as a focal point in your scheme contact CTS Bridges for a full design, build and installation package.

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GftK’s vdw 815 Paving Joint Mortar for Perfect Pointing Another great ‘Porcelain Pointing’ job using GftK’s vdw 815 Paving Joint Mortar that was the idea; solution for grouting these top quality Emperor Limerick Porcelain slabs. These are larger format paving (larger format generally means the paving units are larger than 400 x 400mm) and so the jointing mortar must be suitable for smaller joints and ease of application across larger surfaces without staining or creating additional cleaning works. The advanced vdw 815 material is specifically designed for narrower joints (down to 3mm) in addition to its ease of wet-slurry application.

GftK’s Epoxy Resin Bound technology ensures no dusting, full homogeneous mixing and fast application, allowing pointing and finishing the work in bad weather, even in the pouring rain. As Richard Bickler of the specialist contractors Arbour said – with GftK Grouts the fickle British Weather does not stop you finishing the job (and getting paid of course!), plus the result is the most durable and jet washing resistant paving grout there is! Finally on this project the colour was very important as the owners wanted to see the paving rather than the resin and it blended in really well.

Fast Wet-Slurry Application for a Top Quality Finish The owners had a new pool with top quality porcelain tiles selected for the paved terrace surround and wanted to be sure that the pointing they used was going to be durable in this environment, in that it would not discolour or stain the tiles. Plus the Architect was concerned that it was suitable for the narrow joints between these larger format pavers. They had seen other quality porcelain installations ruined by poor quality pointing with cement mortars and even tile grouts that are best kept indoors!

for dry weather to prepare, grout, cure and go into service. It is a unique, ‘state of the art’ material based on epoxy-bound, graded sands, purpose designed for narrow (3-5mm x 20mm deep) joints in quality porcelain and prestige natural stone paving. GftK’s vdw 815+ is none staining (unlike cement based or gun-applied materials), and well-proven to be very durable in this type of environment – As well as looking great with top quality porcelain of course!

After researching the subject with their paving suppliers they found GftK’s vdw 815+ Paving Joint Mortar from NCC Streetscape, which is undoubtedly the best pointing to use on such porcelain projects. GftK’s vdw 815+ is quick and easy to install by wet-slurry application, which also means no waiting

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New Terralift for Terrain Aeration

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errain Aeration have added a new Super Scamper Terralift machine to their fleet for deep penetration aeration. Originally a German invention used to aerate around tree roots with a blast of compressed air, the Terralift concept has been in service with Terrain Aeration for over twentyfive years. During this time, Terrain Aeration have treated all kinds of turf surface for waterlogging, compaction and panning, from sports fields, golf courses and bowling greens to treating trees in London parks, green spaces and the gardens of new house builds.

‘breathing’ underground, which helps to keep the fractures open longer.

The new Terralift machine, built by Terrain Aeration, takes the concept to a new level of treatment for waterlogging. The machine hammers a hollow probe one metre into the soil (with the help of a JCB road breaker gun).

The result is an improved healthier root system, a healthier sward as well as less disease damage to the turf. There is no mess, treatment can in fact be carried out mid season, should a green for example be too waterlogged to play, but otherwise pre or end of season is the best time.

Once reaching this depth, a blast of compressed air is released to fracture and fissure the soil. On the tail end of the air blast, dried milled seaweed is incorporated and this, over a period of time, expands and contracts with the moisture content in the soil, similar to

The probe is removed and the process repeated using two-metre centre spacings on a staggered grid pattern. This grid ensures that each probe shot links with the previous ones. The probe hole is then backfilled with an aggregate to provide a long term aeration/ ventilation shaft, allowing air and water to percolate into the fissures. The top 1" - 2" should have a cap of normal top dressing to encourage the grass to grow over the holes.

The slight ‘heave’ will settle down and you are left with a smooth playing surface. Prior to Terralift treatment it is best to have the area spiked or hollow tined purely to relieve the surface tension to allow air to gently blow through the top surface without causing any disruption. The Super Scamper Terralift is a compact design which enables it to fit through narrow gaps for access to bowling greens and gardens. The machine is equally effective in treating open landscape areas, as seen here in its first outing at the National Trust’s Stourhead estate. Terrain Aeration 01449 673783 www.terrainaeration.com

Despite people's ‘fears’ that the Terralift ‘makes the Earth Move’ - it does, but just enough to show that the ground has been fractured from one metre depth back up to the surface.

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garden room provides people with two main benefits - the opportunity to create exactly the space they want with all the features they need and the chance to escape the interruptions of everyday life. The line between ‘posh sheds’ and garden rooms is quite blurred and as more people are now realising that there is no reason why an extra room in their garden cannot be just as beautifully

designed as any room in their house, the amount they are spending can easily reach £50k, for example. At Garden Hideouts we have our own interior design team and if a client specifies expensive fittings, furniture and fabrics then the price for a luxury ‘granny flat’, with a dressing area and an en suite bathroom – completely furnished and ready to go – can be as much as £68k. A ‘man cave’ with a great sound system, TV, a bar and a bathroom would probably cost in the region of £45k.

The market for garden rooms – be it a room beside a swimming pool, a tranquil place to work or place where teenagers can hang out without disturbing the rest of the family grew by 22% last year. It seems that Britain’s long love affair with sheds (at around 12 million we have more, proportionally, than any other country) has now spilled over into a trend for something a bit grander. With stamp duty and all the other expense and hassle of moving to a bigger house, they can make a lot of sense. If necessary, garden rooms can be built on site, so restricted access need not be that much of an issue and they can usually be installed in surprisingly small gardens. The only real consideration is access to sewerage – assuming your garden room has a loo – which can be quite expensive to sort out. Other than that, the main consideration is which spot will offer the best view of the garden or the surrounding countryside. In general, garden rooms which are no more than 2.5m tall don’t need planning permission. However, there are exceptions including Areas of Outstanding National Beauty and listed buildings.   Arca, from £39,950 Shepherd Hut, from £29,950 Garden Pod, from £22,950 STOCKIST DETAILS: www.gardenhideouts.co.uk

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Snickers’ NEW ALLROUND 37.5® Insulator Jacket Snickers Workwear continues to lead the way with working clothes that are unrivalled in design, superb functionality and fit. This great-looking quilted jacket is padded with 37.5® fabric insulation for warmth and climate control to keep your body warm or comfortably cool when you most need it. With a water-repellent fabric, it can be worn on its own or combined with other Next Generation working clothes such as Base Layer fleeces and shirts or Outer Layer waterproof Shell Jackets. Fashionable and functional, this jacket has long arm cuffs with thumb grips for warm comfort and a high collar that delvers extra wind protection. It’s also got stretchable side panels in for comfort and flexibility with Cordura-reinforced elbows for durability and reflective arm details to provide enhanced visibility for personal safety. For more information, visit the website at www.snickersworkwear.co.uk alternatively, call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788.

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Stihl To Showcase Pro Cordless Range At Saltex Stand: HO70 STIHL’s Lithium-Ion PRO Cordless product range will be showcased at Saltex, offering contractors the durability and longevity needed to handle the toughest jobs. On display will be STIHL’s new FSA 130, a powerful and lightweight brush cutter specifically designed for working on large areas of thick grass at length. Visitors can also see the powerful HSA 94 hedge trimmer, ideal for maintenance teams working in urban areas, as well as the BGA 100, a quiet hand held blower that comes with three power stages, perfect to tackle those difficult tasks, especially in noise sensitive areas. All the products can be used in conjunction with backpack machinery, offering the high capacity contractors require in the grounds care industry. For more information visit www.stihl.co.uk.

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External spaces can add significant value to ‘lifestyle’ for both private residences and commercial landscapes Patricia Fox founder of award winning Landscape Architects Aralia, explains some of the key trends within the industry, and how to maximise your external spaces

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lients have become more demanding, the world we live in is ever changing, and the world is in fact changing at a more rapid pace than we have ever experienced before. Technological changes are at the forefront, and are truly driving these changes, but interestingly it is how it is affecting people’s reactions to their lifestyle that is changing the most. In Landscape terms, this means that in the commercial world clients are now looking to provide an ever improving experience for their clients, and with private clients, expectations are not just for gardens or terraces that look great, the space has to really deliver on an experiential level. Let me explain further. As a specialist Landscape Design Practice we have been involved in the design of many Roof Terrace gardens and we have definitely seen a major uplift in the activity on roof terraces over the last 3 years, both here in London and abroad. Outdoor space is of a real premium in city centres and urban settings, and the addition of a beautifully designed roof terrace will have significant impact on the return on investment. St George (Berkley Homes Group) commissioned us in the summer of 2012 to design a series of Penthouse

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roof terraces for their prestigious mixed-use development at Chelsea Creek, London. At the time London was in the depths of a recession and property was generally pretty hard to shift. Aralia were given an open brief to design and deliver some truly amazing, original, roof terrace designs which included features such as outdoor kitchens, outdoor fireplaces, automated pergola structures, water features, bespoke art (original paintings on glass & bespoke sculptures), green walls and lush abundant planting. Roof Terraces generally up until this time comprised mainly of paving/ decking and some planters. The twist in the trend, was to offer a much fuller experience to the end user, not just a swanky looking roof terrace, but a useable space which was cleverly arranged to also work well on multiple levels; as an external space for entertaining larger groups; somewhere to relax in with a few friends; intimate spaces for solo reflection; somewhere to cook; and finally a private space to enjoy the hot tub! Clients were then purchasing a lifestyle, not just a penthouse apartment. This is the essence of what great landscape design is currently about. This translates equally well into larger landscape schemes, whether it be within the hospitality sector or for a private estate. The end user is now expecting a broader, more in depth experience. As an example a recent project we have been working on ‘Westlands’, was

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for a new private residence incorporating an ultra-modern home; cutting edge glass and stone, with floating linear blocks hovering above the spaces below. Aralia designed a rustic contemporary woodland of Silver Birch and angular oversized granite boulders for the owners to drive through as a journey for them to take every day on entering their property. We could have just designed a more direct drive leading directly to their entrance

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(which was the brief we were originally given) but chose to maximise the experience for the clients. On the south side of the property, glass extends full width across the home, the clients asked us to omit the obligatory terrace, so as to retain the open aspect with no interruption. We understood our clients concerns, but felt that they needed the option of a useable terrace close to the house, in reality they weren’t going to walk extensively

to the far terrace for a quick morning cuppa! We didn’t want them to lose out on that opportunity for an experience in the garden. Our response was to design a sunken terrace, immediately adjacent the glass expanse. This was hugely practical due to its proximity to the house, whilst still retaining the open views – and, more importantly providing a beautiful secluded space, with an incredibly intimate feeling, that will provide the client


with somewhere very unique to sit. Unexpected, but now hugely anticipated by the client (landscape is still in the build stage) this terrace we believe will become a real favourite external space for the clients. It’s not just about adding features, yes these are important, but full consideration and focus must be given to how the space is blended as a whole. How does the space work for the user? Is it easy to use? Is there a natural journey that enriches their experience? A holistic approach to blending not only the external spaces, but also the interior with the exterior, and also the exterior with the wider landscape – or skyscape. An external space that considers and responds to all these issues, and provides

multiple experiences, will be a space that clients enjoy and want to spend time in, and return to, time after time. And for the future? Interior gardens are the next major worldwide trend. Why? Well without doubt they will provide the opportunity to deliver amazing new experiences for interior space. There is endless scope to what and how these interiors can be developed and we are very much looking forward to making this trend happen. Watch this space.

Patricia Fox Founder, Aralia Landscape Architects

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he renowned German manufacturer, Kärcher, highlights key features of their powerful and robust yet quiet suite of battery-powered grounds care tools. Built for ergonomic comfort, high performance and ease of use, the range includes leaf blowers, chainsaws, strimmers and hedge trimmers, all of which deliver first-class results and are ideal for prolonged periods of use in public spaces or noise sensitive areas. Designed to help protect both the operator and the environment (with emissionfree operation and no strong


smelling fumes during use), these battery-operated tools also remove the need for fuel and motor servicing which can generate up to 90% lower lifetime costs. Plus, with 50% less noise and an 80% reduction in vibrations vs. combustion models, operators can comfortably use the equipment in urban areas including parks, schools, hotels and streets. Kärcher’s 50V lithium-ion batteries work on a modular concept - allowing them to be interchanged between products in the range; the batteries deliver up to 225 minutes on a single charge and can be rapidly recharged in as little as 25 minutes. Leaf blower - LB 850 Bp Perfect for shifting debris, leaves and cuttings this high-output, lightweight leaf blower has a choice of three power settings - high, low and boost - and delivers 148km/h air speed at full power, yet produces only 80dB LpA noise output. Chainsaw - CS 330 Bp Robust and service-friendly, this chainsaw is a powerful ally when tackling branches and

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Gismos, Gadgets and Good Design

IT & business innovations from beyond the housing sector Professor Dr Michael Benfield

In the early ‘noughties’ I ran a seminar for ‘Constructing Excellence’ on ‘Safety by Design’, followed a few years later by one on ‘Designing Out Waste’. The purpose in mentioning them is to emphasise the fact that, despite new products and new and updated regulations, like those dealing with high speed electronic communications networks (Approved document ‘R’), the house-building industry has made little progress so far this century. Back then I argued for buildings to be designed via ‘partnerships’ that embraced site constraints, programmed out risk, and ensured good immediate and ongoing communications with present and future stakeholders. I pointed out that to do so required ‘design teams’ who not only knew their legal duties & responsibilities, but who understood how the job would be done. In turn this meant grasping the logistics, getting to grips with handling and ‘Temporary’ works, as well as embracing snagging and maintenance along with the lifetime risks of the building both in construction, in use and decommissioning. Stressing that ‘good design’ is SAFE I also urged participants to accept their responsibility for making others aware of all of these risks. While today it’s pretty easy to specify IT related products for any building, like visual or fingerprint recognition access, remote video surveillance, cell-phone heat and light control, and so on, doing so efficiently remains a major challenge. Indeed, arguably this is more important than these ‘nice to have’ gismos and gadgets themselves. Home buyers and renters alike remain more concerned about the cost and speed efficiency of new home construction, their comfort, running, and maintenance costs. In several respects ‘Designing Out Waste’ was an extension of the earlier attempt to introduce business innovations from outside the construction industry. Techniques and disciplines like ‘Six Sigma’ and ‘Kaizen’ were applied across the whole design and build process to cut out waste in design time, scheduling delays, and prototyping errors, as well as material waste, etc. Once again an important element of this was the acceptance that building design needed to become a collaborative exercise, rather than the God given domain of any one person. As in the motor, aircraft and ship building industries, for example, recognition of the increasingly complex nature of the building enterprise was seen as increasingly important. Designing with partnering in mind emphasises communications, the importance of avoiding delays, and the need to programme out errors. It also recognises the need to really know what stocks & other ‘industry standard’ materials are readily available, how jobs will be done in practice, and the need for a better and fuller understanding of the building and manufacturing tasks involved. Grasping the totality of the logistics involved was seen then, and remains today, of major importance. Getting to grips with transport, ‘Right First Time’ and ‘Continuous Improvement’ processes were and are obvious candidates for expanding the horizons of the design team. Equating the notion of ‘Lifetime Costs’ with the avoidance of delays and the need to programme out errors, along with a sound knowledge of materials, processes and procedures remains vital. Although accepting that good design avoids waste, then and now many ‘professionals’ - used to a more relaxed regime - found and find this an unpopular constraint. Few, it seems are ready even now to accept responsibility for, and bear the cost of, any waste caused by them. As we move further toward ‘factory built’ homes clients and their professional advisors and consultants must understand that, to produce a building in the factory requires all elements to be determined in detail before work commences, rather than muddling through trying to resolve complicated design issues as a project progresses. While this is possible using sloppy ‘wet’ trade building techniques, where adjustments can be made in-situ, complex off-site manufactured elements are much more difficult to alter. Failure to understand this is both prejudicing MMC and costing clients and builders’ small fortunes to correct. Partnering for the whole design, supply and construction chain is a vital process that must be developed to correct this. Consequently, whilst moving with the times to incorporate all that is best and wonderful and time saving and comfortable, and desirable in any building design we undertake, manufacture, or build, I still find myself ‘shouting at the wind’ for fundamental shifts in professional attitudes. However, the ‘winds of change’ are blowing and I do detect small shifts. As construction moves ‘off-site’ into the factory these will greatly improve efficiency, quality, and affordable delivery of all levels of social and private housing.

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-Ends Prof. Dr. Michael Benfield is a Chartered Environmentalist. He predicts that current pressures for more housing will increase demand for Off-Site Production and MMC (Modern Methods of Construction) leading to new standards of professional capability, project design and the development of new management tools for the housebuilding and construction sector. Listing Chartered Builder, Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Manager amongst his credentials, he is an Affiliate of the RIBA and chairs leading UK timber engineers Benfield ATT. Based in Caldicot, Monmouthshire, they are a ‘full service’ timber Design and Build group using 3D design as a key efficiency tool. www.BenfieldATT.uk

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Landscape & Urban Design Issue 29 2018  
Landscape & Urban Design Issue 29 2018