Sector Transport infrastructure
Project type Refurbishment
Services provided Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
Project location London
Client Transport for London (TfL)
Consultant Katarzyna Bendowska - Senior Planner, Islington Council
Contractor Ringway Jacobs
Products used RootSpace; RootDirectors; RootRain; Geonet; Castle tree grilles; Thames guards
 
 

Context

The London Borough of Islington required major improvements to the Archway Gyratory road layout to reduce traffic dominance, enhance the environment for other road users and to create an environmentally attractive public open space amenity.

In 2014 consultation and project development was taken in-house by Transport for London with clearly defined objectives:

  • Reduce traffic dominance around the town centre
  • Improve the accessibility of the junction for cyclists
  • Improve safety and the perception of safety
  • Provide a [new] high-quality urban realm
  • Protect the capacity of the A1

Katarzyna Bendowska, a Senior Planner at Islington Council, assisted in the planning of this project, whilst Ringway Jacobs was the main contractor carrying out the install.

Products supplied

Transport for London concluded, after evaluation, that the GBU state-of-the-art tree pit package deal incorporating RootSpace, RootDirectors, RootRain, Geonet, and soil (plus an additional 19 RootDirectors, Castle Tree Grilles and Thames Guards), though not the lowest in price, provided "the most reliable [package system] for healthy growth and reduced maintenance costs".

Outcome

TfL stated the benefits of the project included:

  • Openness in the centre of the square creating sunny areas for outdoor seating
  • Flexible square with space suitable for a range of events, activities and a market
  • Protection from wind and screened from surrounding roads by trees planted along its fringes
  • A clearly demarcated cycle track
  • Consistency of paving materials throughout the square, including areas that are privately owned
  • Street furniture reflecting the history and heritage

Feedback

Grayham Tindal, Transport for London arboriculturist, stated: "TfL are continuing to improve the environment for the health and wellbeing of our customers. Planting trees in the streets of London has many challenges, in this instance these were solved using a cellular system. We have found GBU very supportive and their products delivered all the requirements and expectations for this project. I am sure TfL will be working with GBU again in the future."

Connor Gavigan of Gavigan Paving stated: “GreenBlue Urban have enabled Archway to maintain its greenery whilst also providing a great urban pedestrianized space. I would recommend GBU, their products help sustain the environment are sleek and easy to install!"


Context

The London Borough of Islington required major improvements to the Archway Gyratory road layout to reduce traffic dominance, enhance the environment for other road users and to create an environmentally attractive public open space amenity.

In 2014 consultation and project development was taken in-house by Transport for London with clearly defined objectives:

  • Reduce traffic dominance around the town centre
  • Improve the accessibility of the junction for cyclists
  • Improve safety and the perception of safety
  • Provide a [new] high-quality urban realm
  • Protect the capacity of the A1

Katarzyna Bendowska, a Senior Planner at Islington Council, assisted in the planning of this project, whilst Ringway Jacobs was the main contractor carrying out the install.

Products supplied

Transport for London concluded, after evaluation, that the GBU state-of-the-art tree pit package deal incorporating RootSpace, RootDirectors, RootRain, Geonet, and soil (plus an additional 19 RootDirectors, Castle Tree Grilles and Thames Guards), though not the lowest in price, provided "the most reliable [package system] for healthy growth and reduced maintenance costs".

Outcome

TfL stated the benefits of the project included:

  • Openness in the centre of the square creating sunny areas for outdoor seating
  • Flexible square with space suitable for a range of events, activities and a market
  • Protection from wind and screened from surrounding roads by trees planted along its fringes
  • A clearly demarcated cycle track
  • Consistency of paving materials throughout the square, including areas that are privately owned
  • Street furniture reflecting the history and heritage

Feedback

Grayham Tindal, Transport for London arboriculturist, stated: "TfL are continuing to improve the environment for the health and wellbeing of our customers. Planting trees in the streets of London has many challenges, in this instance these were solved using a cellular system. We have found GBU very supportive and their products delivered all the requirements and expectations for this project. I am sure TfL will be working with GBU again in the future."

Connor Gavigan of Gavigan Paving stated: “GreenBlue Urban have enabled Archway to maintain its greenery whilst also providing a great urban pedestrianized space. I would recommend GBU, their products help sustain the environment are sleek and easy to install!"


 
 
 
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