indoor plants displayed about a sitting area

The Headline

Grainger plc
July 2021
74 Interior Design & Architecture Practice

The Headline building is a landmark at the gateway to the city of Leeds. Now fully redeveloped, it is home to a striking new build to rent residential complex. As part of its redesign, Urban Planters’ national team was tasked with designing an office planting scheme to bring life to two of the resident amenity spaces.

The building, managed by Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, incorporates a vast communal resident amenity space. The interior mixes soft, natural tones with interesting design features and natural elements to compliment the setting and create a welcoming environment.

The Headline features spaces designed by 74, including the 595 sq m ground floor residents’ amenity space. Here, social areas are combined with a reception area, co-working lounges, a fitness-on-demand wellness studio and a gym. On the 11th floor is a 155 sq. m ‘Sky Lounge’, with a private dining room and additional external wraparound balcony.

The interior features neutrals with feature soft blues and greens for the ground floor and the addition of a strong orange-rust colour in the Sky Lounge. This creates a striking and fresh palette, with refined and minimal contemporary detailing alongside strong statement furniture and dramatic feature lighting.

The planting

Using high quality office planting throughout, Urban Planters’ scheme introduces visual interest and brings mood-boosting natural features to the spaces. Rows of trailing plants cascade down partitions and decorate lighting features, individual displays in neutral tones bring life to display cabinet pockets and sills. Elsewhere, single fronds in decorative vases juxtapose with free standing plant displays.

The Headline also includes a range of planting integrated into furniture, including an olive tree, which forms a centrepiece to a circular workstation table. Floor-standing displays sit in Ehlo’s fully recyclable containers which are made using their own wind turbine energy.

We also designed planting for the exterior, using antique white concrete planters housing a mix of plants and trees.