Floating pocket park landscape design

In May we were delighted to handover over design and build project that saw the design and installation of Londons first floating pocket park. The garden is a true first for London: Not a planted boat or barge, not a garden supported by stilts over water but a truly bespoke floating platform engineered and designed to carry soil, plants, landscape features and members of the public. The garden has been designed to encourage wildlife as well as connecting the diverse communities within the paddington basin area including local residents, office and hospital workers and also attract new visitors to this corner of Paddington. The project is entirely backed by European Land and Property, the developer behind the Merchant Square buildings who came to us with the brief for this exciting project in 2016. Visitors to the floating pocket park can relax on deckchairs, open lawn areas and a number of seating areas designed for both groups and individuals. The whole development features free wifi and currently hosts a pop up Gin bar.

The floating pocket park has been planted with a diverse mix of summer and winter flowering plants, spring and summer bulbs as well as established multi-stem Tibetan cherry trees ‘Prunus Serrula’. An independent floating island has been incorporated into the scheme and planted with native waterside plants to encourage wildlife as well as providing a sanctuary for ground nesting birds. The full ornamental plant list can be found below:

  • Anemone hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’
  • Astrantia major alba ‘Large White’
  • Allium Mont Blanc
  • Allium ‘Purple Sensation’
  • Allium sphaerocephalon
  • Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’
  • Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’
  • Hebe albicans ‘Red Edge’
  • Hydrangea aspera Villosa group
  • Helleborus x sahinii ‘Winterbells’
  • Hakonechloa macra
  • Ilex crenata
  • Liriope muscari
  • Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Spire’
  • Prunus serrula ‘Tibetica’
  • Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis
  • Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’
  • Stipa tenuissima