The Tide | Greenwich, London
SIZE OF PROJECT: 1 km
BUILD TIME: 12 months (plus two year aftercare period)
The brief for Cultura, was to implement the soft landscaping to what is London’s first elevated linear park. The natural themed planting opens up the river and creates a space for communities to come together to absorb the art, relax, contemplate and people watch.
The works included seven ground level planting areas and six elevated bridge islands. With a natural theme, species included native trees such as pines and silver birches and natural vegetation.
The project called for Cultura's expertise in craning weighty (up to 450 kilos) and easily damaged (soft barks of the pines) trees safely to the bridge islands, which ranged from 5-16 metres in height. This was achieved using a telehandler and with a five-man team steadying and guiding the trees into their set positions. Weight bearing implications to the ground level podium slabs were also of concern. And here, the solution was to use specialised mats to spread the weight of the crane. Close collaboration was also called into play with the landscape architect to ensure that the tress were well secured into the tree pits, due to the elevated nature of the planting.