Crossrail Place Roof Garden won first prize in the category ‘Innovative Concept or Design of a Contemporary Park or Garden’ at the 2017 European Garden Awards

Crossrail Place Roof Garden
Crossrail Place Roof Garden © Jason Gairn / Gillespies

Crossrail Place Roof Garden has won first prize for ‘Innovative Design of a Contemporary Garden’ at the 2017 European Garden Awards in Berlin.

Judges selected the garden as a positive example of how landscape professionals can ‘rethink roof gardens and connect them with concepts for urban parks and architecture’. The project was praised for its ‘innovative concept and extraordinary plant skills’.

Developed by Canary Wharf Group, the Crossrail Place Roof Garden is the first new building to open for Crossrail, London’s new east-west rail link. Located above the new Canary Wharf Crossrail station, the garden is a celebration of the docklands maritime heritage, showcasing unusual plants from across the globe beneath an intricate lattice roof designed by architect Foster and Partners.

The semi-permeable canopy structure helps to create a localised microclimate, allowing the planting of more sensitive and rare species of plants. The location of the site directly north of Greenwich places the dock virtually on the Prime Meridian, dividing the western and eastern hemispheres and inspiring the division of the gardens and planting into two geographic zones. Growth Industry, a specialist planting consultant, were commissioned by Gillespies to develop the planting design concept.

‘This is not just another typical public garden in London, but a celebration and tribute to the North Dock’s maritime past and the arrival of Crossrail’, said Stephen Richards, Partner at Gillespies. ‘…The design of the garden responds to the architectural language of the roof in the creation of a unique and sheltered planting environment. It will offer visitors a totally new vantage point from which to look out across the water and the surrounding area.’

Crossrail Place Roof Garden also received a Highly Commended accolade at the 2016 Landscape Institute Awards in the category ‘Design for a Small-Scale Development’.

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