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City of London roof garden wins international green award

The 2,200sqm roof garden at One Fen Court in the heart of the square mile, has won a Green Good Design 2020 Award.

The 2,200sqm roof garden at One Fen Court in the heart of the square mile, has won a Green Good Design 2020 Award.

Organised by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum, this international award recognises buildings and products that promote sustainability, a healthy ecology and human environment.

The roof garden for the BREEAM Excellent scheme, designed by German landscape architects Latz + Partners and Eric Parry Architects, was one of 100 buildings and product designs from 20 countries that went before a judging panel.

A winner of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners Skyline Awards 2019, the public garden includes 79 wisteria trees, 5,000 bulbs and a 200 ft long recessed flowing water feature.

Green wall provides green light for controversial scheme

50 Fenchurch Street (Image: Eric Parry Architects)

Eric Parry Architects was also granted planning permission for nearby 50 Fenchurch Street in May 2020. The scheme for the Clothworkers’ Livery Company, includes extensive vertical green façade on the south, north and east elevations designed to mitigate air and noise pollution, combat the heat island effect, improve biodiversity, and help rainwater run-off management. The scheme will also include a public roof terrace and winter garden.

Alastair Moss, Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee, said: “We hope this new building will provide an example of sustainable development fit for future generations, as the City continues its pattern of sustainable growth.”

As part of the City of London Corporation’s City Plan 2036, all new developments and refurbishments will be required to include a greening element to the building or public realm to contribute to improving biodiversity, rainwater run-off, air and noise pollution, temperature regulation.

The scheme has come under criticism from heritage campaigners, with Historic Royal Palaces objecting to the plan because of its impact the Tower of London’s setting and sightlines. The scheme will be constructed next to the Grade I listed Tower of All Hallows Staining, requiring the relocation of its 12th century crypt.

Feature image credit:

Eric Parry Architects

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