Ropemaker is situated on a prominent City island close to Moorgate in the City of London. Frosts Landscape Construction Ltd detailed designed the roof terraces of 593,000 sq ft for both professional and financial services occupiers. The landscaping is intended to break the orthogonally main lines of the building, with the planting designed as a series of mounds to give users the opportunity to explore and enjoy a variety of plants, trees and stunning City views. All terraces are paved with high quality blue limestone and the seating areas have been planned as triangular stone sculptures carved into the mound. The result is an impressive building with 40 trees split between levels 8, 12, 16 and 20.
Work included supply and installation of over 1500 tonnes of materials on to the terraces of 1600m2 Irish Blue limestone paving laid on pedestals, 1000m of bespoke galvanised and stainless steel facia to planters, construction of 17 benches and 8 toolboxes. An irrigation system was designed and installed, as were louvers to hide the mechanical extractor units. Over 800m3 of sub strates were installed for the planting and sedum areas; 40no 3.5m to 4.5m high multi-stem trees were supplied and planted as well as over 28000 shrubs.
The Landscape Architect Townshend are notoriously very demanding and this project was no exception, where the workmanship had to be carried out to the highest standard.
The scheme was one of the most challenging projects we have faced to date. Due to issues which were out of our control, the programme period was reduced whereby the majority of the works had to be completed in a four month period. By careful logistical planning and working together with over 60 operatives onsite on all of the terraces, running night shifts and working through the weekends, the imposed deadline was met successfully and was a huge achievement for all concerned.
All of the individuals who were involved in Ropemaker are immensely proud of their accomplishments; and the Client and Landscape Architect are both overjoyed with the final outcome.
The project was one of the most complex we have installed due to the quantities of materials, demanding tolerances, and the very tight programme requirements, so Frosts were very pleased when the scheme won two BALI awards in 2009.
- British Land
- 2008 - 2009
- Main Contractor
- Landscape Architect