Garden Club London has a growing reputation for transforming rooftop outside spaces into stunning roof gardens. Our London garden design studio has an expert team of specialists on hand to guide you through the process of design and landscaping of a sustainable and stunning roof garden
Sometimes we can produce a simple makeover of an existing drab and dreary terrace using our expert horticultural knowledge to select the right plants that will tolerate life on a roof garden and combine this with some fresh landscape finishes. However, for many roof garden design packages we need to look in more detail at the structural and planning elements of the area to ensure that the roof garden is not going to compromise the fabric of the property, planning stipulations and leasehold liabilities.
For newer developments with purpose built roof terraces it is usually a straightforward process of our structural engineer assessing the construction of the building to assess the weight loading and wind tolerance that we have to work with during the design process. For older buildings and previously unused roof spaces we might have to apply for planning permission, work with an architect as part of a bigger refurbishment or extension or work with a structural engineer and contractor to strengthen the structure of the roof before installing a garden.
Many roof gardens are suited to a more contemporary style of design that make the space feel light and open whilst using materials and plants to limit exposure and increase privacy. When a roof garden is enclosed or protected it is always a fantastic opportunity to let plants take the lead in the design for added impact. Roof terraces will often have lots of planters or large pots to accommodate planting and this is an opportunity to display a client’s individual taste in a project. There is huge range of materials available for landscaping roof terraces now and no longer are you limited to bog standard decking or concrete tiles. We can explore the options available during the design process to give you a truly unique roof garden design that compliments your home and enhances your lifestyle.
Roof garden design is more than producing a stunning outdoor space. Unlike our urban garden designs where it seems a challenge to have the constraints of access through a narrow passage or hallway, the roof garden has it’s own challenges. Our vast experience has seen many different access and construction restrictions overcome with forward planning, expert project management and a lot of muscle! Roof gardens will often cost more than a ground level garden because a lot more logistical labour is involved to deliver the final project. Our experience has seen us individually wrap and carry materials up 8 floors without a lift, close roads and hire cranes. Of course not all of our roof garden design projects are as complex but it is worth considering the effect on neighbouring properties and the practicalities of how our team will work around you during the installation. We complete a vast range of roof garden projects each year, 2014 has seen riverside balconies transformed simply with pots to projects such as the full design and installation of the John Lewis roof garden on Oxford Street, central London.
Roof garden planting can be so much more that the usual suspects such a s rows of bamboo often seen in many designs. We have successfully established everything from meadow planting to fruit trees on roof terraces. The planting roof gardens is very much dependent on the aspect and exposure of the site but we will always try and accommodate any specific planting style requests that our clients have. We are happy to complete individual roof garden planting projects and planter installation when a full re-design is not required.