University College Hospital, London

Container Planting at University College Hospital, London

Since it was built in 2005, London’s University College Hospital has experienced a two-fold increase in the demand for its emergency services.

As part of a plan to increase capacity and maintain the hospital’s high level of care, a two-year project has seen the expansion of the A&E department, including the creation of a new ambulance drop-off station on Grafton Way and landscaping in the surrounding area.

The brief

Contemporary designer planter specialist, IOTA worked to specifications from architect PM Devereux to fabricate 2 stainless steel planters, the largest being 4m x 6m and 750mm deep. PHS Greenleaf was contracted to supply and install the planting for the bespoke containers located at the entrance to the new ambulance station.

The solution

The 5-strong PHS Greenleaf team spent a day installing 113 plants, including 2 ginkgo biloba trees, 4.5m in height. Plants specified by the landscape architects were supplied from PHS Greenleaf’s nursery and grown by trained horticulturalists to ensure quality and longevity.

All of the flora will be maintained with a monthly service from PHS Greenleaf’s experienced gardeners who will tidy and/or replace any plants requiring attention, and use a water truck to provide adequate hydration. Maintenance will be undertaken without obstruction to the ambulance station.

The result

The evergreen planting provides stimulating, year-round interest at the entrance to the ambulance drop off area. As the specimens mature, fragrant plants such as privet honeysuckle and sweetbox will provide a pleasant bouquet in this City Centre location, with flowers and berries appearing at various times throughout the year.

Known for their medicinal properties, the gingko biloba trees are an apt choice for this new part of the hospital. They will flower in the summer while the beech hedge will offer striking gold foliage in the winter months.

PHS Greenleaf Account Manager, Matthew Dickinson said, “We have enjoyed a good working relationship with IOTA through this and several other successful projects. With our maintenance visits, the planting at University College Hospital will thrive and help to provide a pleasant ambience for years to come.”