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Canary Wharf, London, UK

The Crossrail Place Roof Garden in Canary Wharf is the first new building to open for Crossrail – London's new east-west rail link. Located above the new station, the garden is a celebration of the docklands maritime heritage, containing unusual plants from across the globe, encased beneath an intricate lattice roof.

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Due to the complexity of planting selected for this project, specialist planting consultancy was provided by Growth Industry, acting as sub-consultant to Gillespies.

Designed to evoke a ship laden with unusual and exotic specimens from around the globe, the roof garden is encased within a complex ETFE lattice timber roof structure, which wraps around the building like a shell with openings that encourage light penetration and natural irrigation. The semi-permeable canopy structure helps to create a localised microclimate allowing the planting of more sensitive and rare species of plants.

"The first benefit of Crossrail that Londoners are enjoying is a magnificent garden high above a station"

Ruth Slavid, Landscape Journal

Awards

  • 2016 Landscape Institute Award: Highly Commended
  • 2016 MIPIM Awards: Best Urban Regeneration
  • 2016 New London Award Winner: Transport and Infrastructure Category
  • 2018 European Garden Award