The City of London Corporation has agreed to keep one of the Square Mile’s newest roof gardens open and free of charge to the public at weekends and evenings.
Under redevelopment plans for 120 Fenchurch Street, developers were required to open the 30,000sqft roof garden to the public on weekdays, and to undergo a trial to see the suitability of free weekend openings.
Figures obtained during the trial provided by the developers show significant weekend and evening demand for this unique space in the densely built Eastern City Cluster area.
The developers, Generali, requested that public opening hours be reduced during the week and proposed a new closing time of 5pm to combat some of the estimated annual £71,535 cost of remaining opening at weekends. However, given both public benefit and significant visitor numbers, the City Corporation required ‘The Garden at 120’ to continue to be accessible to the public during the week and at weekends.
The roof garden will be open to the public from 10am until 6.30pm on winter weekdays, until 9pm on summer weekdays and from 10am to 5pm during the weekends.
Alastair Moss, Chair of the Planning and Transportation Committee at the City of London Corporation, commented: “The Square Mile is increasingly becoming a 24/7 cultural destination and open spaces are at the core of our vision for a vibrant City.
“The City Corporation has a vision for world-class public realm at the heart of development in the Square Mile, and it’s therefore vital that spaces such as ‘The Garden at 120’ remain accessible to residents, workers and visitors.
“The decision to keep this roof terrace open to the public at the weekend ensures visitors continue to benefit from a unique urban space that has already proven to be extremely popular.”
08/03/2020 21:29 by Buildington
The Garden at 120 is opening to the public today 15th February 2019.
It is the largest rooftop public space in the City of London.
The viewing platform on level 15 at Fen Court offers exceptional 360-degree views of the City and greater London and is free for members of the public to visit, with no booking required.
Fen Court includes retail offering at the lower levels, a 14-floor restaurant and dedicated public lifts which lead directly to The Garden at 120, which plays host to pergola planting with fruit trees, Italian wisteria, seating, a water feature and a coffee hut.
The 207-capacity rooftop garden will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm for two 6-week trial periods.
Monday to Friday access will be available starting tomorrow, between 10 am and 6.30 pm over Winter (October 1 to March 31) and between 10 am and 9 pm during the Spring and Summer months (April 1 to September 30).
Chris Hayward, Chairman of the Planning and Transportation Committee at the City of London Corporation, commented:
“I am delighted to add to the 60 green roofs in the Square Mile with this venue, which offers a peaceful retreat from busy City streets and views of some of the world’s most recognisable landmarks.
“I especially look forward to the warmer months when the garden will be in full-bloom, complementing the success and popularity of the SkyGarden at 20 Fenchurch Street and the roof terrace at One New Change as a weekend destination for Londoners and visitors alike.
“Fen Court is an exemplar of the type of developments that the draft local plan ‘City Plan 2036’ proposes for the future of the City. With a free public space, a pedestrian route between Fenchurch Street and Fenchurch Avenue creating more space at ground level, and the garden, which goes above and beyond our urban greening proposals.”
Eric Parry, the founder of Eric Parry Architects, the designer of The Garden at 120 alongside landscape architects Latz+Partner, commented: “Fen Court is a building that represents a sustained dialogue between the planning authority, the client and the architect to create a building that is more than the sum of its architectural parts. It is a civic as well as a commercial building and it creates a new convivial horizon within the emerging taller buildings of the Eastern cluster.”
Tina Paillet, Senior Executive at Generali Real Estate, added:
“It is a pleasure for Generali Real Estate to welcome the public to The Garden at 120. The garden is the crowning achievement of Fen Court, an innovative development where new technologies blend with tradition and nature to create a unique office and retail environment that will benefit both occupiers and visitors.
“The building is recognisable at a glance and is destined to become a City of London landmark. We hope that this peaceful garden, with its canopy of Wisteria provides a new refuge in the City, providing a place of calming respite for City workers as well as habitat for the City’s birds and insects.”
See more at www.thegardenat120.com
15/02/2019 11:52 by Buildington
Generali Real Estate S.p.A. has just announced the practical completion of Fen Court, the 40,000 sq mt, 16 storey office and retail development that includes 10 Fenchurch Avenue, One Fen Court and 120 Fenchurch Street.
Generali Real Estate was supported by development managers CORE & Greycoat to create a building that, combining office and retail space, a roof-top restaurant and new areas of public realm, is well placed to become a new civic and commercial focal point for the City of London.
Designed in three distinct sections, the iconic building has a two-storey base and a new public passageway lined with retail frontages; a main body with nine storeys of offices, and an additional fully glazed “crown” element providing four floors of offices and a restaurant which has been let to D&D London.
The attractiveness of Fen Court’s state of the art office accommodation was proven well before delivery, with a pre-let of 30,000 sq mt to M&G Investments and another 3,000 sq mt to Argo Global.
On the roof of the building, ‘The Garden at 120’ will become the City’s largest roof top space open to the public when it is inaugurated later this year. Visitors will be able to enjoy a perimeter walk that gives vistas of London’s skyline.
Located on a main thoroughfare in the Eastern tower cluster of the City of London, Fen Court sits in an area of narrow pedestrian streets which have characterised the street plan for centuries. One of these has been creatively transformed into a generous public passageway, leading passers-by through the middle of the site where a stunning piece of public art has been installed. Inspired by the presence of the roof garden above, the artwork for the digital camera obscura-like soffit screen has been created by award-winning artists Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier.
Fen Court pursued the highest standards of environmental sustainability for a major office development, achieving a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ for shell and core construction.
Tina Paillet, Senior Executive at Generali Real Estate, commented: “It is a pleasure for Generali Real Estate to announce the completion of Fen Court, an innovative development where new technologies blend with tradition and nature to create a unique office and retail environment that will benefit both occupiers and visitors. With its faceted facades displaying a range of colours, the building is recognisable at a glance and is destined to become a City of London landmark.
The public realm amenities - with a new passageway through the building hosting a digital art space as well as a rejuvenated Fencourt, and at rooftop level, a large 360° panoramic viewing garden - make this development a truly modern office building with a strong sense of place.”
02/08/2018 18:40 by Buildington
Fen Court has been renamed as One Fen Court.
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Generali Saxon Land Development Company has awarded Sir Robert McAlpine the contract to design and build 10 Fenchurch Avenue office development.
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