London Garden Design, East London

London Garden Design, East London Funky Roof Terrace

The clients live in this east London apartment with their two cats. Due to privacy issues their large Funky Roof Terrace London garden terrace is underused and the clients wish to make more of this outdoor space. The terrace shares a boundary with a communal area, which is accessed via the clients terrace – however the other residents of the complex do not have right of access via the clients London roof terrace. Whilst the view is vast, it is not particularly spectacular, with views of two other apartment blocks to the right and rear of the terrace.

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This London garden design divides the space into smaller areas, using planters, of various sizes, materials and shapes, to create the divisions. There are three distinct areas to the terrace. The first contains a large raised bed constructed from red cedar decking and timber, bounded on 2 sides with a Perspex and wooden slatted screen to help with privacy and protect from the wind. The client also has the option of adding a shade sail and large mattress cushions at a later stage should they so choose.

In the bottom south corner of the terrace, demarcated with three large stainless steel planters containing elegant ‘betula nigra’, is a small bench to look out over the best view, in relative privacy.

To the right hand side of the south boundary will be a bespoke dining ‘pod’. Constructed from red cedar decking, the rectangular structure will benefit from a half clad perspex roof and timber cladding to one side to provide privacy and shelter from the wind. This structure will accomodate the client’s existing table and chairs.

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Flooring in the space takes the form of a large elliptical artificial lawn surrounded by black granuflex rubber tiles.

The rest of the space will be finished with these a vartiety of pots, with a colour scheme of orange, cerise pink and burgundy red. The existing blue boundary walls will be painted aubergine to compliment colour of the apartment building.

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Clearance and preparation    
Construct 2 x Red Cedar timber structures (2300mm high), as per design. To comprise:  
~ Red cedar timber 90mm x 90mm for posts, cross beams and alcoves    
~ Red cedar decking 145mm x 25mm for decking floor and cladding    
~ Pressure treated timber (100mm x 50mm) for decking joists    
~ Heavy duty exterior timber screws to secure structure    
~ Green treated decking screws to fix decking     
~ Various Perspex panels (2 colours (client to choose))    
Planting and planters    
Install plants and planters as per planting list in supplied design presentation. To include:  
~ Acrylic planters of various dimensions (client to choose colours:)    
    ~ 3 x (1100mm (l) x 350mm (w) x 1200mm (h))    
    ~ 3 x (1350mm (l) x 450mm (w) x 500mm (h))    
    ~ 1 x (1600mm (l) x 600mm (w) x 600mm (h))    
    ~ 1 x (400mm (l) x 400mm (w) x 400mm (h))    
    ~ 4 x (350mm (l) x 350mm (w) x 1200mm (h))    
~ Stainless Steel planters:    
    ~ 3 x (1000mm cube)    
~ Topsoil and Leeker lightweight ball filler     
~ Decorative bark chips to mulch  beds (at depth of approximately 50mm)    
~ Labour to install planters and plants     
Granuflex flooring tiles    
To comprise:    
~ Install black Granuflex rubber flooring tiles to cover approx. 38 sq metres    
~ Adhesive to fix    
~ Labour    
Artificial Lawn    
Install oval artificial lawn as per design/visual. To comprise:    
~ Luxury artificial turf with two-tone pile to cover approx. 28 sq metres*    
~ Adhesive to fix    
~ Labour     
* Please note that artificial turf is supplied in 4 metre wide rolls. There will be some wastage based on the   
  required lawn dimensions.    
Various lighting and electrical installation. To comprise:    
~ 33 x low voltage spike spotlights for planters (7w lamps)    
~ 3 x 240v spike spotlights to uplight silver birch trees (35w lamps)    
~ 8 x stainless steel adjustable spotlights (wall/surface mounted) for corner posts of both pergola structures
~ 18 x large (90mm dia) round LED decking lights (1w) for decking as per design. Stainless steel finish.   
All necessary connectors, lamps (bulbs) and transformers for fittings    
All electrical installation materials*, to include RCD, armoured cabling, weatherproof switch**, etc  
Electrical installation by qualified electrician***    
Labour to manually install fittings    
* All electrical materials to be suitable for exterior use and rated to at least IP65 where appropriate  
** Lighting to run on one single circuit,  i.e. controlled by a single switch (all lights come on together). The exact 
  location of the switch will be determined on site and may be dependent on the recommendations of the electrician
*** A copy of the appropriate NICEIC Domestic Electrical Installation Certificate will be given to the client on 
completion of the work    
PLEASE NOTE (1): Wherever possible, all cabling and junction boxes will be hidden. However, due to wiring
regulations and the nature of some of the materials used, in some cases this may not be possible and some
cables, boxes, etc may be visible. These will be made as inconspicuous and sympathetic with the style and 
finish of the garden as possible.     
PLEASE NOTE (2): The above specifications and quoted price for the work is dependent on the existing   
interior electrical installation being safe and suitable for the addition of further wiring/fittings (for example   
the main consumer unit must be must be properly earthed). If it becomes apparent during installation that   
the existing electrical installation is unsafe/unsuitable for purpose then Earth Designs may be unable to   
complete the exterior installation (i.e. Earth Designs may be unable to connect the installation to the mains 
power or issue a certificate) until the client has undertaken the necessary remedial work. The cost of any   
remedial work is not included in the price above. It remains the responsibility of the client to organise and   
contract any necessary remedial work, although Earth Designs may administrate/organise this for the client at 
additional cost on request.    
Irrigation system    
Supply and install irrigation system. To comprise:    
~ Install irrigation system to service all planters. System will include a watering timer, feeder pipe and   
   drippers to all pots. Please note that the pipework for the irrigation system will be visible – however   
   it will be made as inconspicuous as possible.    
~ Labour     
Latin Common
Akebia quinata Chocolate vine
Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ Allium ‘Purple Sensation’
Allium sphaerocephalon Roundhead leek
Bergenia ‘Overture’ Elephant’s ears ‘Overture’
Betula nigra Black birch
Cistus x purpureus Purple-flowered rock rose
Crocosmia ‘Walberton Red’ Montbretia ‘Walberton Re
Dianthus carthusianorum Carthusian pink
Echinacea ‘Hot Summer’ Coneflower ‘Hot Summer’
Echinacea purpurea ‘Purple Swan’ Coneflower ‘Purple Swan’
Euphorbia cyparissias ‘Fen’s Ruby’ Cypress spurge ‘Fen’s Ruby’
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’
Hemerocallis ‘Stafford’ Daylily ‘Stafford’
Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’ Cogon grass ‘Rubra’
Knautia macedonica ‘Mars Midget’ Mars midget burgundy pincushion
Osteospermum ‘Sunny Fiona’ African daisy ”Sunny Fiona’
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’ Chinese fountain grass ‘Hameln’
Phormium ‘Maori Queen’ New Zealand flax ‘Maori Queen’
Phormium tenax ‘All Black’ New Zealand flax ‘All Black’
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’ Kohuhu ‘Tom Thumb’