10 New Burlington Street
Location: City of Westminster
Date: 2012 - 2014
Client: The Crown Estate
The landscape proposals create a pocket of surprising verdure hidden just off one of London’s busiest commercial streets. A living wall has been installed along a narrow mews, that wraps around the building forming a green backdrop to the office reception area. Three metre tall Beech (Fagus sylvatica) hedge plants were procured to be installed behind the strong rhythm of the architectural metal work. The hedge is interplanted with Hydrangea, Parthenocissus and Lonicera sp. that will over time grow to cover the framework. This approach creates a dense block of planting that contributes to the Crown Estate’s plan to increase biodiversity across their central London estate. The seasonality of the planting was carefully considered to bring interest and benefit throughout the year, this was presented as a dynamic illustration.

On the sixth level roof terrace planting was installed to create space for entertaining, overlooking the roof tops of Regents Street. The planting was specified with aspect and microclimate in mind, creating a tapestry of herbaceous perennials and grasses that will flourish in an exposed environment. Whilst visual amenity for the tenants was also a consideration, the plants chosen are an important source of nectar for foraging bees, complimenting the biodiverse living roof on the seventh level above.
Architect: AHMM
Structural Engineer: Waterman Group
M&E Engineer: Watkins Payne
Quanity Surveyor: Gardiner and Theobald
Project manager: Buro Four
Main Contractor: Mace Group
Landscape Contractor: Frosts Landscape

Photography: © Sarah Blee and J & L Gibbons