Ropemaker is situated on a prominent City island close to Moorgate in the City of London. Frosts Landscape Construction undertook the design detail of 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 onto the terraces with 1600m2 Irish Blue limestone paving laid on pedestals, 1000m of bespoke galvanised and stainless steel facia for planters, and 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 substrates were installed for the planting and sedum areas; 40 – 3.5m to 4.5m high multi-stem trees were supplied and planted as well as over 28000 shrubs.
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