Sky Forest in South London
April 9, 2021
Heavy & Small Plant, Tools & Equipment for Domestic or Professional Landscaping Work in South London
The construction industry has held it’s own in the last year or so, when many industries struggled due to lockdowns. There was a brief pause during the first lockdown, but then it was all systems go! This means there have probably been a few changes to the London skyline since people were last there. Many projects are still ongoing, such as the ‘Roots in the Sky’ development in Southwark, South London.
These days urban greening is seen as fundamental to positive building design, and this project is set to be an outstanding example. The name ‘urban greening’ says it all really, and it’s an accepted fact that replacing grey, featureless surroundings with a more natural look is the way to go. Trees, grass, flowers and shrubbery, are well known to enhance an area, and provide an uplifting living experience.
This development will see the former Blackfriars Crown Court, transformed with a 1.4 acre rooftop forest, containing over 100 established trees and 10,000 plants. The radical revamp, will be the first ever London urban forest rooftop. This next generation work space will have just under 385,000 sqft of contemporary and sustainable office, community and commercial space. The local community and public in general will have extensive access to Roots in the Sky. Community gardens, a bar restaurant, and even a swimming pool are planned, and the offices below will have private terraces. The largest of its kind in Europe, the roof garden will contribute significantly to greening, biodiversity and sustainability targets for London.
The space will be run by a not for profit management structure, in an effort to bring together the local community and the commercial sector. This is pretty groundbreaking in an area that has been predominantly commercial. The project also exceeds the demands of the United Nations, providing canopy cover of 23%, an irrigation system and passive water capture. Set for completion in 2024, it will also play a huge role in introducing wildlife to the city and offer amazing views of London.