Lorenz von Ehren supplied 37 new large Platanus buxus and taxus to be integrated with existing mature trees at the Angel Building in Islington, London.

Background

The Angel Building is a 250,000 square foot office, developed in 2010 by Derwent London.

The design of the landscape architecture around it was inspired by the layout of the existing trees, the historic urban surroundings and structural layout of the building.

A key priority during construction was to create an interwoven tree canopy of plane, lime and wingnut. To achieve this, the integration and planting of new large trees was combined with careful the retention and protection of existing mature trees.

Solution

The new London plane trees were ordered well in advance from the specialist nursery Lorenz von Ehren and planted at 9-12m high with a 2-3m spread, and a 6x transplanted rootball.

The plane trees were planted as semi matures to a high specification appropriate to:

  • The Conservation Area and provision of a high quality public realm;
  • The urban setting and heavily trafficked bus routes requiring high clearance;
  • The scale of the development

In total 37 new trees were planted, including Platanus buxus and taxus, to complement the retained 37 trees.

Outcome

The landscape now integrates the development with the streetscape, in terms of form and function, to create a transition between building and street.

The tree planting constitutes a significant investment by Derwent London and was recognised by CIRIA as an examplary project where large species were used in the urban environment. It was also featured in TDAG’s Trees in Hard Landscape recent publication. The scheme was completed in 2010, and after five years, the trees had matured well.

The planting won the London Tree and Woodland Awards 2015, which is given to recognise the importance of integrating trees into developments and the variety of roles trees can play. 

The awards panel were impressed by the care and quality of planting and the retention of existing mature trees to ensure they will fully develop and provide benefits for decades to come.

Johanna Gibbons, Landscape Architect for the project says “We are thrilled that Derwent London are first to win this award with us for The Angel Building, where significant investment in trees was made, contributing to the success of the development as well as the quality of the public realm.”


Lorenz von Ehren supplied 37 new large Platanus buxus and taxus to be integrated with existing mature trees at the Angel Building in Islington, London.

Background

The Angel Building is a 250,000 square foot office, developed in 2010 by Derwent London.

The design of the landscape architecture around it was inspired by the layout of the existing trees, the historic urban surroundings and structural layout of the building.

A key priority during construction was to create an interwoven tree canopy of plane, lime and wingnut. To achieve this, the integration and planting of new large trees was combined with careful the retention and protection of existing mature trees.

Solution

The new London plane trees were ordered well in advance from the specialist nursery Lorenz von Ehren and planted at 9-12m high with a 2-3m spread, and a 6x transplanted rootball.

The plane trees were planted as semi matures to a high specification appropriate to:

  • The Conservation Area and provision of a high quality public realm;
  • The urban setting and heavily trafficked bus routes requiring high clearance;
  • The scale of the development

In total 37 new trees were planted, including Platanus buxus and taxus, to complement the retained 37 trees.

Outcome

The landscape now integrates the development with the streetscape, in terms of form and function, to create a transition between building and street.

The tree planting constitutes a significant investment by Derwent London and was recognised by CIRIA as an examplary project where large species were used in the urban environment. It was also featured in TDAG’s Trees in Hard Landscape recent publication. The scheme was completed in 2010, and after five years, the trees had matured well.

The planting won the London Tree and Woodland Awards 2015, which is given to recognise the importance of integrating trees into developments and the variety of roles trees can play. 

The awards panel were impressed by the care and quality of planting and the retention of existing mature trees to ensure they will fully develop and provide benefits for decades to come.

Johanna Gibbons, Landscape Architect for the project says “We are thrilled that Derwent London are first to win this award with us for The Angel Building, where significant investment in trees was made, contributing to the success of the development as well as the quality of the public realm.”


 
 
 
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