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This large roof garden enjoys direct views to the Shard and Canary Wharf. Hardwood deck, artificial grass, tiles and violet and mauve planters divide the space into intimate areas, while a bar with seating and lighting is overlooking the Shard. The client wanted as much usable space as possible for large groups of people to enjoy frequently.

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SHAD THAMES | large roof garden

120mē roof garden | converted wharf


Situated at the top of a converted London wharf, the roof was extremely neglected when I first visited yet had great landscaping potential. Firstly, the roof had to be cleared, after which a team of specialists took over the chore of a new contemporary skylight, water tightening and new glass to the façade of the building. We were then able to match the height of the deck flush with the height of the skylight and carry on from there. This allowed creating two steps down to a tiled area – the steps angled for ease of movement as well as adding a dynamic element. To screen the offices opposite I utilised pairs of planters to avoid monotony with vivid powder coating chosen by the client.


The Shard dominates the landscape to the west, so there was scope to create an enclosure with a built-in bench and a bar structure that would separate this corner. The cavity of the bar was decorated in matching colours to the planters and a screen woven onto the railing adds further texture. The serving side facing the garden has shelves and storage.


I used fast growing plants - with the exception of the main gem being the Olive tree, which we were able to crane up. On the right, a row of Callistemon (the Australian Bottlebrush) gives striking red flowers in the heat. To screen the office windows opposite, a line of Pseudopanax from New Zealand is underplanted with yellow Thyme. Given shelter, sun and good drainage these species will do well in a London garden.

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