Goodman’s Fields is an impressive high end mixed use development in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, which has been developed by Berkeley Homes. It is a large site with a variety of different green spaces proposed including intensive living roofs (which have a deeper depth of soil), pocket parks, avenues and break out spaces
As well as having green spaces incorporated across the development Berkeley Homes have a commitment to increase the biodiversity and ecological value of their developments and identified two of the living roof areas to act as dedicated nature habitat areas. Working with London Wildlife Trust I was asked to develop a concept strategy for how these habitats at height could look. I proposed a series of habitat mounds on a serpentine path. It can be tricky to design round spaces into rectangular spaces but it was important to find a way to create natural forms to reflect the natural spaces being proposed.
The developer worked up the concept and I was then asked to prepare planting plans for the roof areas of Level’s 8 and 9. They are deeper soiled and weight retaining with potential for harvested rain water irrigation so the scope was quite broad for planting. However theses are still essentially planted containers with the considerations for the health and longevity of container plants and appropriate choices an issue. Also, the height of the terraces may cause issues with greater exposure to the elements, which had to be considered when making planting choices.
The Level 8 roof garden has been devised to have a broadly woodland themed planting with some areas for a wetland themed planting. The Level 9 roof garden is proposed to have robust, drought tolerant sensual planting around the edge that frame a trio of mounds, which will be planted up with a dry acid heathland mix, chalk meadow, an alpine mix and a wildflower meadow.
The habitat gardens have been planted up for some time. The plants are thriving and on my most recent visit I spotted many birds and insects. It has been an exciting and interesting project to be a part of and I am very much looking forward to observing the gardens in the coming years to see how well they develop and their attraction to wildlife at height.