Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for May 7, 2018: Kensington Roof Gardens (The Roof Gardens, Derry & Toms)

May 6, 2018 at 4:12 pm


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London, UK
65,340 sf Greenroof

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Photo: The Roof Gardens/Virgin.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: May 7, 2018

London’s iconic and beautiful 1938 Kensington Roof Gardens – and celebrity party venue – closed its doors to the public in early January.  Citing an ever changing London market and unpredictable market conditions, Virgin Limited Edition decided to close their doors.

As an English Heritage-designated Grade II Site added to the National Heritage List for England, the gardens will remain intact but who will maintain the site, with its four resident flamingos, is up in the air.  The historic Derry & Toms Roof Gardens was designed by Ralph Hancock, the same designer as the equally famous ‘Garden of the Nations’ of 1933-1935 atop the eleventh floor of the RCA building at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Also read the April 27, 2018 guest feature 37 Years After Opening to the Public, the Kensington Roof Gardens Has Closed Down by Pedro Dias here on Greenroofs.com for more info on this important urban greening project.

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Photo: @theroofgardens (Instagram account now closed).

Mini Description & Details

The Roof Gardens (formerly known as Derry and Toms Roof Gardens and the Kensington Roof Gardens) is a 6,000 m2 exotic urban oasis situated six floors up and 100 feet above Kensington High Street in London.  Closed as of January 2018, Virgin Limited Edition, the most recent leaseholder, was not able to reach an agreement with the freeholder about renewal of the lease.

Previously occupied and made famous by the Derry & Toms Department Store, The Roof Gardens has been owned by Sir Richard Branson since 1982.  Part of Virgin Limited Edition, they hosted a members’ club, a private function venue and the Babylon Restaurant on the seventh floor overlooking the gardens.

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Photo: @theroofgardens

The Roof Gardens was open to the public during this time.  In 1936, Welsh landscape architect Ralph Hancock designed the roof garden.  Over a two-year period Hancock planted more than 500 species of plants and shrubs within 18-36” of growing media in the one and a half acre site.

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A plan of the roof gardens in a 1950s promotional pamphlet” – designed by Ralph Hancock – from the House of Fraser Archive at the University of Glasgow Library.

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L: “A Garden in the Sky” from Parks and Gardens UK; R: “A Spanish garden on a roof in London” from the House of Fraser Archive at the University of Glasgow Library.

The Derry and Toms Roof Gardens opened in May 1938.  Queen Mary and other members of the British Royal family visited the roof gardens early after opening.  At the time, the roof garden was London and Europe’s largest intensive greenroof.

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“Queen Mary visiting the roof gardens” from the House of Fraser Archive at the University of Glasgow Library.

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Flamingos in the Woodland Garden.  Photo: The Roof Gardens/Virgin.

The three themed gardens include: the Spanish Garden, planted with palm trees with a court of fountains, as well as Moorish colonnades and vine-covered walkways; the formal Tudor Courtyard, which features Hancock’s trademark herringbone brickwork pathways and impressive Tudor-inspired arches; and the English Woodland Garden, with over 100 trees and a flowing stream with fish, ducks, and four resident flamingos.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Photos: The Roof Gardens/Virgin.

More

Now closed after 37 years of one of London’s best-known nightlife scenes and event venues, plans for The Roof Gardens remain uncertain.

As an English Heritage-designated Grade II Site, the gardens will not be demolished but who will maintain the site is unknown.  London’s most famous and historic roof garden may still yet have a future as a secret garden in the sky.

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Dave Walker’s Derry and Toms Roof Garden Postcard from the Trevor Bowen Estate from The Library Time Machine of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Local Studies Library.

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Kensington_roof_gardens_tent.jpg” by flickr user Bryce Edwards CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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Kensington_roof_gardens_window.JPG” by Tomhannen at English Wikipedia Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Year: 1938
Owner:
Virgin Limited Edition
Location:
London, England, UK
Building Type:
Commercial
Type:
Intensive
System:
Custom
Size:
65340 sq.ft.
Slope:
1%
Access:
Accessible, Private

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Photos courtesy of Something Different London.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Commissioned by: Trevor Bowen, Barkers
Landscape Architect: Ralph Hancock
Architect: Bernard George
2008-2009 Restoration: Conservation Officer, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, English Heritage, Colwyn Foulkes and Randle Siddeley
The Roof Gardens Head Gardener: David Lewis

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A Chilean Flamingo in the Kensington Roof Gardens. Kensington_roof_gardens_flamingo.jpg by flickr user Bryce Edwards CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

All the Info:

View the Kensington Roof Gardens (The Roof Gardens, Derry & Toms)  project profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Photo courtesy of Something Different London.

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Kensington Roof Gardens (The Roof Gardens, Derry & Toms) Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 5/07/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of Something Different London; Virgin Limited Edition; Dave Walker’s Derry and Toms Roof Garden Postcard, Trevor Bowen and Miss Diana Wynyard 1940s, and Spanish Garden from the Trevor Bowen Estate from The Library Time Machine of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Local Studies Library;  A Spanish garden on a roof in London,  A plan of the roof gardens in a 1950s promotional pamphlet, and Queen Mary visiting the roof gardens from the House of Fraser Archive at the University of Glasgow Library; @theroofgardens (Instagram account now closed); Derry’s Kensington, A Garden in the Sky, and Sun Pavilion Derry Gardens from Parks and Gardens UKDerry & Toms 26.JPG by Edwardx, Own work licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons; Kensington_roof_gardens_tent.jpg by flickr user Bryce Edwards CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons; and Kensington_roof_gardens_window.JPG by Tomhannen at English Wikipedia Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru – Rethinking Sustainability: June 4-6

May 6, 2018 at 12:30 pm

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru:

Rethinking Sustainability with Green Walls, Green Roofs and Greening the City

The World Green Infrastructure Network and Indian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN) present the World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2018 Bengaluru on June 4th and 5th.  The WGIC will be hosted in Bangalore, officially known as Bengaluru, India for the first time in its 11-year history.

And, this is the first time an event of this scale is being hosted in the Indian sub-continent.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

Bangalore city skyline showing UB City to the left and Richmond Town area to the right. Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim – Own work under GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons.

The Venue

The WGIC will be hosted in The LaLiT Ashok Hotel Bangalore, a 5-star property centrally located in Bengaluru.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

The WGIC 2018 brings together expert speakers and researchers from around the world to share their immense knowledge and experience on sustainable practices such as development of Green Roofs, Vertical Gardening, Urban Agriculture, Sustainable Green City Planning, Water Sensitive Urban Design, Policies, and more.

In its illustrious 11-year history, the WGIC has previously taken center stage in 10 different countries.  Most recent was Berlin, Germany in 2017.  Every year, prospective organizers of the event engage in a competitive bidding process to secure the privilege of hosting the event.

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The Hesaraghatta Lake in Bangalore. By The original uploader was Nikkul at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The event is organized by the Indian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN) an NGO whose vision is to enable World Class Sustainable Practices to be adhered to in India and the Sub continent.

“We are bringing together the core stakeholders like Architects, Urban Planners, Landscape Architects, Green Planners and Engineers, Builders and Developers, Business Leaders, Environmentalists, Research Students, Institutions, Related Government Departments, Decision Makers, etc., from 40 plus countries and the Indian Sub Continent.”~ IGIN

Prominent International Speakers

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

More than 60 speakers and 40 exhibitors will feature on the program agenda.  Delegates will get the opportunity to interact and share ideas with some the leaders of modern green architecture, including the highest level of the government responsible for urban planning and development.

Some of the prominent speakers are:

  • Manfred Kohler, President – World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN)
  • Patrick Blanc, French botanist – French National Centre for Scientific Research
  • Steven Peck, President – Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)
  • Prof. Dr. Julian Briz, Emeritus Professor, President of PRONATUR
  • Rick Thomas, Founding Director and Principal Arborist – ArborCulture Singapore
  • Matthew Dillon, President – Green Roofs Australasia, & eVP WGIN
  • Aslan Jonoubi, President – IGIN (Iranian Green Infrastructure Network)
  • Wang Zhaolong, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China
  • Andres Ibanez, School of Architecture and Urban Design, National University of Colombia
  • C. Chandrashekaran, Team Leader – M&E Uttarakhand Decentralised Watershed Development Project
  • Raosaheb Borgude, Senior General Manager – Reliance Industries in Horticulture department
  • Sunil D. Gorantiwar, Professor and HOD Irrigation and Drainage Engineering Mahatma Phule (Krishi Vidyapeeth) Agricultural University, Rahuri
  • Maria Boey, Planner, Architect Urban Designer and Landscape Designer
  • Nisha Mathew Ghosh, Founder – Mathew and Ghosh Sustainable Creationcare Foundation
  • Dr. C. Subesh Ranjith Kumar, Assistant Professor (Horticulture) – The Horticultural College and Research Institute (HC&RI) Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
  • Dr. Chellaiah Sellamuthu, Director (Hort.) – New Delhi Municipal Council
  • Isabel de Felipe, Professor – Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM)
  • Ms. Nur Faezah Mohd Sanif, Deputy Director – National Parks Board (Singapore)
  • Martha Weber, President – Polish Green Roofs Association
  • Kishore N, Principal – The Concise Desines, Landscape Architecture Planning Studio
  • Jeffrey Bruce, Owner – Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company (JBC)
  • Chitra. K. Vishwanath, Managing Director – Biome Environmental Solutions

Why WGIC 2018?

The objective of the WGIC is to empower attendees with the latest technologies and developments and offer plausible solutions for important environmental issues.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

Hema Kumar, Founder of IGIN, says,

“Make Green As Much As You Can
Save Green As Much As You Can
Give Green As Much As You Can

Topics such as maintaining natural biodiversity, ecological building designs, Green architecture and sustainable urban planning will be discussed in the international congress. The event will show the world that India, can and will, lead the way for green infrastructure development in South East Asia.”

~ Hema Kumar, Indian Green Infrastructure Congress

Visit WGIC 2018 Bengaluru

To know more regarding your trip, visa info and more, write in to info@wgicbengaluru.com or visit the website – www.wgicbengaluru.com.

 

~ Indian Green Infrastructure Network

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

The Indian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN) is an NGO set up to create and develop World-Class Green Sustainable cities in India. IGIN is a membership driven NGO set up to develop and carry out nation-wide environmental education programmes and activities. We believe India is a country whose people are its greatest resource. To implement our ground breaking ideas, we need the help of the interested and qualified public. Here in India we have the resources for every possible idea. Now along with IGIN, we have the knowledge and experts, too. It is time we harnessed our strengths.

IGIN is associated with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), which is the association of National Green Building Organisations.

 

Discover Toronto’s First Vertical Forest, a 21-Acre Roof Park and More at Grey to Green 2018

May 3, 2018 at 2:02 pm

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Discover More at Grey to Green 2018

Brought to you by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the Grey to Green 2018 Conference in Toronto will highlight some of the latest advancements in green infrastructure design, research, and policy.  With content ranging from local to international, you will gain insight into the practices of leading industry professionals who are changing the way we design our cities.

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Grey to Green commences with a FREE public forum on May 15th at Toronto Metro Hall to discuss Designing Future Cities with Green Infrastructure.  Discover a concept that will transform the Bloor Viaduct into a “Living Bridge” complete with individual housing suites, restaurants, hotels as well as pedestrian and bike paths; explore the viability behind the proposed 21-acre park in downtown Toronto that would be built overtop of the rail corridor and discuss new policy developments that facilitate green infrastructure investment in Ontario.

An Expert Line-up

On Wednesday May 16th, the technical sessions will showcase a lineup of speakers that are leading the way for green infrastructure innovation, adoption, and widespread implementation.  With over 50 expert speakers and two keynote panels, Grey to Green is the premier event for connecting with actors driving the green infrastructure industry.

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On May 16th, attend the Policy Roundtable, Creating a Better Policy Environment to Intensity Green Infrastructure Application.  Dr. Hamid Karimi will discuss Washington, DC’s innovative stormwater retention credit trading system where property owners buy and sell credits on the open market; John Mackenzie will share opportunities for greater collaboration between provincial and municipal policy; and Steven Peck will reveal the new Living Architecture Performance Tool for green roofs and green walls.

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The Afternoon Keynote features Craig Applegath, Founding Principal of DIALOG’s Toronto Studio, who will present Addressing Climate Change through Green Infrastructure; Paul Kephart, Principal, Ecologist and Designer at Rana Creek Design, shares details on San Francisco’s new Transbay Terminal Center Rooftop Park and the JNBY Headquarters Rooftop Tea Production in Hangzhou, China; and Brian Brisbin, Principal at Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects, reveals the plans for Toronto’s First Vertical Forest.

Technical Sessions, Training & Tours

Technical Sessions focus on a variety of green infrastructure applications including biophilic design, urban agriculture, stormwater monitoring, dynamic landscapes and new this year, In the Design Studio with sessions.

For more information check out the Agenda here!

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Grey to Green will also feature a variety of training courses on May 15th such as Biophilic Design, Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture, Green Roof Design & Installation and Green Walls 101.  To top off the event we have also curated an array of tours to highlight Toronto’s outstanding green infrastructure projects.  Explore the connection between green infrastructure and healthcare on the Healthy Hospitals Tour, get your boots dirty with a bus tour of the Gro-Bark mulch production facility, and learn from green wall experts Laura Kennedy and Mitch Cowburn of Nedlaw Living Walls on the Green Wall Walking Tour.

See the Training Courses here and Tours here!

Grey to Green Conference // greytogreenconference.org
Green Infrastructure: Jobs, Health & Community Resilience

Grey to Green Conference is pending approval for up to 7.5 Continuing Education / Professional Development Hours by LA CES, AIA CES, BOMI, APLD and RCI.

To register, visit greytogreenconference.org.

Don’t Miss Toronto’s First Green Infrastructure Week

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Grey to Green Conference is excited to be the anchor event for the region’s first Green Infrastructure Week (GIW).  GIW is May 13-19, 2018 and will feature a variety of tours and workshops designed to promote the benefits of green infrastructure.

Don’t miss the guided tour of Trillium Park, a tour of Ripple Farms’ vertical aquaponics facility, and the Toronto East End Rain Garden Crawl!

Discover More Grey to Green 2018

For more information on Green Infrastructure Week, visit greytogreenconference.org/giw.

~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)

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GRHC’s mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence.

Visit www.greenroofs.org for more information.

Contact Steven Peck, GRHC founder and president at speck@greenroofs.org and 416-971-4494 x 233.

Join Urban Harvest STL at the 4th Annual FOOD ROCKS! on May 19

May 2, 2018 at 11:36 am

Help local St. Louis nonprofit Urban Harvest STL grow food and opportunity for those living in under-resourced neighborhoods by participating in their 2018 event season.

Urban Harvest STL FOOD ROCKS! on May 19

Urban Harvest STL’s Event Season Begins with FOOD ROCKS! Concert on May 19th

Urban Harvest STL kicks off their 2018 event season with the 4th annual FOOD ROCKS!  Concert transplanting an outdoor experience right to the heart of St. Louis.  You can unwind atop the FOOD ROOF Farm or play sand volleyball in the courts below.  Savor FOOD ROOF inspired cocktails, beer or wine, and food by Mission Taco Joint while listening to live music by local bands Flatwoods and Modern Gold.

Urban Harvest STL FOOD ROCKS! on May 19

This fundraiser benefits Urban Harvest STL and St. Louis MetroMarket’s work on building an equitable food system in St. Louis.

Many Events for the 4th Urban Harvest STL Season

FOOD ROCKS! Concert is just the beginning.  May through October, Urban Harvest STL will provide an array of farm flow yoga events, workshops, happy hours and harvest dinners with prestigious local chefs featuring exquisite multi-course meals with beverage pairings and live music atop the one-of-a-kind FOOD ROOF Farm in downtown St Louis.

Urban Harvest STL FOOD ROCKS! on May 19

To learn more and purchase tickets, visit urbanharveststl.org/events/.

For more information contact:

Kayla Hatcher
Urban Harvest STL
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
314.706.4066
kayla@urbanharveststl.org
Urbanharveststl.org

~ Urban Harvest STL

Publisher’s Note: See the FOOD ROOF Farm Project Profile in the Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

ABOUT URBAN HARVEST STL

Urban Harvest STL FOOD ROCKS! on May 19

Urban Harvest STL builds community around inclusive and resilient local food systems in St. Louis. It grows organic produce at six farms in the heart of the city – where our most pressing nutritional needs exist – and donates its harvest to support people who need it most in our communities. Through collaboration with local nonprofits, a collective vision, and shared resources, it is addressing food insecurity and accelerating its impact in the community.

For more information visit urbanharveststl.org.