An extensive interior landscaping project for outdoor clothing brand Regatta’s vast new purpose-built offices, which won a Gold Leaf award from national industry body eFIG.
Two years in the making, with our involvement as consultants from design to delivery, this scheme allowed us to showcase how the right office plants can bring a workplace to life, literally.
This was a large-scale installation, which had to fit in around a range of other teams building and installing other aspects of the building, each with a tight deadline.
The overarching planting design was to create the look and feel of the outdoors throughout the building.
The client wanted to give something back to their employees by creating a healthy working environment, using plants to create natural scenes and create fresh air.
It’s all in the detail
Part of what makes the scheme special is the unique details which catch the eye around the building. The Ficus trees, for example, are planted into the raised floor, with the containers just peeping above the ground, giving the illusion that they are planted into an impossibly small space.
Another bespoke feature are the floating-effect ‘Saddlebag’ planters, which were specially designed by Urban Planters for this scheme for the main breakout area.
Different brands different plants
The building, at Manchester’s Trafford Park, was built to bring under one roof outdoors clothing companies Regatta Great Outdoors, Craghoppers and Dare 2B. Although the four companies are in the same sector, they have distinct brand identities, which the client wanted to reflect in the décor and planting of each of their areas within the building.
Two very different takes on the living wall
The scheme also features two living walls: one inside and one outside.
Inside, a large, dense moss wall in vivid green wraps itself around a central support.
Outside, a series of exterior living walls boasting a rich mix of foliage alternates with wood panelling.
From the client
This building has been purpose-built for us, so we could create our ideal working environment. Urban Planters were on board from the outset, consulting with us and the designers on the best way to work planting into the design.
“Throughout, Urban Planters have had a professional approach, identifying the right species and containers to interpret our vision of ‘outdoors indoors’ and make it a reality, meeting precisely the design brief and cost parameters.
“The installation of this complex and large-scale planting scheme slotted seamlessly with the other works and installations taking place on site, creating a finished result which was perfectly planted, instantly creating the outdoors feel we had been looking for.
John Mulvihill, Group Commercial Manager, Regatta