Landscape architects at architectural practice Reardon Smith were appointed to design a scheme for Christchurch Gardens in Westminster, London, that ‘aimed to create a meaningful space for the community whilst importantly improving the biodiversity of the site’.
Reardon Smith’s project for Christchurch Gardens included removal of selected trees, to afford more light into the site, new perimeter paths around the gardens, extensive new seating provision, boundary screening treatments and informative signage to educate the public on the garden’s historic context.
The concepts for all new features and furniture included a range of bespoke designs, and Furnitubes were selected to supply a range of outdoor designs to complement the historic background of the garden.
Furnitubes first approach was to assess and comment on the practicalities of the original designs and then to suggest alternative more cost-effective detailing, whilst still maintaining the essence and materiality of the designs, in order to deliver products within budget.
This process necessitated many meetings with the design team - comprising the client, project management consultants and landscape architects – at which they presented their proposals, explained their rationale, and discussed material and cost options, before eventual agreement of the final designs and specifications.
Products designed, supplied and installed by Furnitubes at Christchurch Gardens included bespoke wall-top seating and steel-framed boundary screens including a wire system for climbing plants and with integrated illuminated signage explaining the historical background of the site.
Material quality was of paramount importance to all parties, and steelwork was finished in a specialist bronze coating in keeping with this high-profile site in the heart of Westminster.
One of the main challenges of the scheme was that the project was undertaken during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown, with Furnitubes’ installation works being conducted under strict health and safety controls.
The redeveloped site opened to the public in autumn 2020 and is certain to be a popular outdoor space as people return to their places of work in the Victoria area.
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