Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
Hyland Edgar Driver
StrataCells; ReRoot; Geonet; Arboresin
The Broadgate area in the City of London has seen a series of changes since its busy times as a Victorian railway hub. The most recent addition is 5 Broadgate, described as a 12-storey “groundscraper” whose four trading floors alone cover almost 67,000 square metres – the equivalent of four football pitches, despite objections to the breaking in upon the integrity of the Broadgate Circle architecture.
The project has made significant environmental contributions to the area. The building's many windows, courtyards and terraces help to make 5 Broadgate one of the world’s greenest buildings, with 65% lower carbon emissions than the previous two buildings on the site and a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
As well as a thousand square metres of thermal and photovoltaic solar panels, a similar area of green roofs and mid-level terrace ‘courtyards’ supplement the refurbished public realm landscaping which includes a magnificent specimen Quercus palustris, a Pin Oak distinguished by its spectacular red autumn foliage. 15m tall it has a girth of 1.2m and a rootball 2.5m across.
GreenBlue Urban supplied the horticultural and engineering infrastructure to ensure that this tree enjoys the best possible root environment consistent with both sustainable soil conditions and the capacity to achieve its majestic potential in years to come.
The company deployed a full range of its products, specified by landscape architects Hyland Edgar Driver. Included were 880 StrataCells, 150 linear metres of ReRoot barrier plus loadbearing Geonet and Silver Grey Arboresin.