Hard Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) - cost over £1.5m

BALI National Landscape Awards 2016 - Principal Award Winner - IDVERDE

idverde's work at Exchange Quay, Salford - image: BALI
idverde's work at Exchange Quay, Salford - image: BALI

IDVERDE - Exchange Quay, Salford

Client Hunter Property Fund Management
Architect Planit-IE
Designer Keppie Design
Maintenance contractor idverde
Suppliers Broxap, Design & Manufacture, Hardscape, Parex, Specimen Trees

Contractor idverde UK was appointed by Hunter Property Fund Management to undertake the redevelopment of the existing external landscape to Exchange Quay, one of Greater Manchester’s landmark office developments.

The works encompassed clearing the existing landscape including reduce level dig, disconnection and removal of existing lighting; installation of new drainage including slot drains; new highway construction; waterproofing of the podium level; installation of deckboard drainage; installation of raised planters; installation of extensive paving; construction of a staircase to the central area including granite risers and treads, concrete shuttering, granite cladding, stainless steel handrails and a lighting scheme; and installation of bespoke signage, lighting, street furniture and shelters.

Extensive sympatric soft landscaping included 70 trees, shrubs and turfing, and maintenance of the soft landscaping scheme following planting. Resin bound surfacing was installed to the upper podium level as were new pathways, tarmacadam surfacing, granite walling and edging.

"This really is a superb scheme where the contractor was responsible for all aspects, including paving, steps, resin bound pathways, signage, seating and lighting," said the judges. "The site required that some existing features be incorporated into the new scheme and the contractor has achieved this beautifully. All aspects, including the planting, are finished to a very high standard despite the logistical challenges the project presented."

Award sponsor: MCM

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