Blackwall Reach is a 300 million refurbishment project in one of London’s most well-connected suburbs, close to Canary Wharf. The project is the latest effort to create affordable, high-quality accommodation in the centre of London.
|Location||Blackwall Reach, London|
|Client||Swan Housing Association|
|Landscape Architect:||LDA - Landscape Design Architecture LTD|
|Main Contractor:||Hill Partnerships|
|Design / Product||Stapel Raised Planter Edging|
|Design / Product||Stapel Planter Tubs|
|Photography:||Logic Manufactured Bespoke|
The Station Square phase has now been completed which means 3 apartment blocks are a new feature on the London horizon. There is heavy emphasis on using soft landscaping to create a community feel around the area, such as the inclusion of planters, benches and a children’s play area.
Blackwall Reach has a strong industrial heritage and the client wanted to reflect this in future developments. With this in mind, the landscape architect specified weathering steel planter edging. Also, different levels and heights at ground level had to be incorporated to work round ground level changes. Weathering steel is the same as Corten, the only difference is that Corten is a brand name of weathering steel.
The level changes necessitated complex manufacturing processes and forming which were challenging for our design and production teams. However, the finished aesthetic of the weathering steel planter edging is well worth the production challenges.
Planter edging from the Stapel collection was used throughout the scheme. The flexibility of the Stapel design worked well with the ground level changes and is a testament to the fact that simplicity is key in complex projects. The Stapel planters used a Corten / weathering steel finish to create a cultural link between the heritage of the site and the present day.