20 Fenchurch Street, London
20 Fenchurch Street, based in the historical district in the heart of London’s City Centre stands a hidden gem and unique public space, offering 360 degree views across the skyline of London. This famous landmark is nicknamed the ‘Walkie-Talkie’ building due to its distinctive curved shape. Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, a New-York based Uruguayan architect at a cost of £200 million the buildings idea was to encompass a smaller base than the top – It’s floorplates get larger as you climb up through the building with the top floor ‘overhanging’ by 13m. Joint developers, Canary Wharf Group and Land Securities set out to ensure the building would be sustainable and have a multitude of innovative measures throughout the design, construction and operational phases.
The London landmark features a large viewing deck and the world famous ‘Sky Garden’ that came to fruition in 2015 by Canary Wharf Contractors. Amongst the ferns and succulents from the Mediterranean and South Africa installed by the horticulturist specialists Ideverde UK, the location also offers fantastic amenities such as an outdoor observation deck and restaurant.
Gillespies, the projects Landscape Architects for the magnificent Sky Garden that has been designed to cater for various different spaces, such as exhibitions and events with the ability to hold 450 guests. Gillespies' were enriched to deliver a high quality finish at the base of the building at street level too creating a grand luxury vip experience to all those who enter. The accessible and welcoming entrance at the base of the building consists of a variety of different tree species placed in GreenBlue Urban Galvanised Castle single tree grille’s designed to take on heavy compaction from the delivery vans arriving to supply along with a feature green wall.
20 Fenchurch Street has been a huge success and a multi award winning scheme. From the BALI Awards for Soft Landscaping Construction over 1.5million to being awarded the BREEAM of Excellence all within the year 2015.
GreenBlue Urban would like to commend Gillespies for the beautiful landscape architecture on this scheme where an ‘Oasis of Calm’ has been achieved, similar to other collaborative schemes we have worked together on: London Crossrail Roof Garden.