Landscape Finishes and Roof Garden Playgrounds complete Award winning Mixed-use Development in London

Designed by architect Rock Townsend, ‘The Vibe’ has been an extraordinarily successful development by Telford Homes. It saw the existing Holy Trinity Primary School demolished to make way for an expanded two-form entry primary school and nursery, as well as an open air playground and 101 residential flats above it in a 10 storey block.

Outdoor amenity space was key to successfully integrating housing and schooling on this restricted urban site. The solution integrates two innovative double-height open-air play decks that separate the school from the housing. Coupled with mature ground floor landscaping and classroom balconies, this dramatically increases outside play space despite the addition of housing to the site. Boris Johnson described the project as ‘perfectly genius‘, saying it is ‘pioneering and cleverly tackles the need to provide more housing and more primary school places.’

Valley Provincial took the open-air play decks from insulation layer to finish, and the exterior landscaping and playground areas from groundwork stage to finish. As well as extensive Hard & Soft Landscaping works, the work included a polymeric Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and a running track at rooftop level. Other surfaces included Paving, Resin Bound Stone, Decking and Artificial Grass. The project also included street furniture and storage units.

Valley Provincial worked with Telford Homes to overcome several logistical challenges, as well as developing bespoke playground equipment for the rooftop play areas and unique dipping pons and ‘bear cave’ play features.

The project won the Mixed Usage Built Award at New London Awards 2017 and the London Sustainable Development Commission Award at the Housing Design Awards 2017.

“The scheme delivers very high quality open space with almost 100% site coverage for amenity uses including school playgrounds, a play deck and MUGA, in addition to green roofs and residents’ garden.”

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