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Chiswick Park, London (Phase 1)
Bollo Ln, Chiswick, London, W4 5NE
Chiswick Park is a 1.3 million ft2 office development in West London designed by the Richard Rogers Partnership for leading developer Stanhope. The purpose of the scheme was to provide the occupiers with the best working environment – both internally and externally – in order to attract and retain employees by making it an enjoyable place to work.
The 33 acres of landscaped public space surrounding the buildings includes an open-air performance area, a lake, areas of hard landscaping and perimeter car parking. The challenge was to create a soft, park-like feel to the exterior landscaping to contrast with the formal, carefully designed ‘inner gardens’ created in the entrance atria while still maintaining the high specification of the interior styling.
Marshalls supplied 2500 m2 of silver grey Conservation paving and 4000 metres of kerb throughout Phase 1 of the development along with 460 m2 of Mistral paving for the roundabouts at the entrance to the site. The silver grey paving was chosen to complement the predominantly stainless steel buildings and to reflect the prestigious, high quality aesthetic of the whole site.
The timeless, classic appeal of the Conservation paving demonstrates the attention to detail shown in regard to all the materials chosen for the development, and creates a pleasant yet understated environment for occupiers of the building and visitors alike.
In addition, over 14,000 m2 of Keyblok were supplied for the underground parking areas. The ‘Bracken’ colour way was chosen to add brightness to this dark area.
Chiswick Park won the British Council for Offices’ ‘Best of the Best’ Award with the judges commenting on the ‘exciting use of high class pedestrianised landscaping’ and the creation of a ‘strong brand identity’.
The RIBA also commented on its careful juxtaposition of a ‘rectilinear building’ with the ‘creative, soft, meandering landscape’ and noted the quality of the materials chosen.
The subtle colour and finish of the Conservation Paving complements perfectly the high architectural value of the buildings themselves, and contributes to an external environment in keeping with the feel of the whole development.