Plants for Shopping Centres – Some Retail Therapy

17 September 2013

A new scheme at Trinity Shopping Centre in Leeds has called upon Urban Planters’ expertise on working at height and selecting the right plants for extreme conditions.

National client Land Securities contracted Urban Planters to create a planting and landscaping scheme to run underneath the refurbished shopping centre’s glass roof five stories, or almost 100ft, from the ground.

The challenge was not only to design a scheme which would catch shoppers’ eyes from down below, but would also suit the high levels of light, lack of heating and exposure to the elements under the open-sided glass roof.

In addition, the installation took place during the refurbishment works, with the main points of access for installing the plants up through the atrium from the ground floor.

Using members of Urban Planters’ technical team fully trained in health and safety when working at height, a row of 110 artificial trees and oversized bay tree balls plus 60 live displays – mainly seasonal flowering displays – were carefully lifted into place and the resulting scheme creates impact while softening the expansive glass roof.

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National client Europa Facilities Management has asked Urban Planters North Kent to provide new planting for the Royal Victoria Place shopping centre in Tunbridge Wells, where a previous providers’ plants were beginning to look tired.

To improve the look and feel of the centre, a range of plants were selected and planted into 50 very tall, round containers of varying height. To draw shoppers into the entrance, Urban Planters placed lollipop-shaped Buxus trees by the doorway


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FACT: Did you know that research has proven that the presence of plants within a shopping centre can increase shopper stay-time by half an hour.