Crossrail Roof Terrace


Location: West India Quay

Client: Canary Wharf Contractors

Duration: 32 weeks

Landscape Architect: Gillespies


The new Crossrail station in the North Dock of West India Quay, immediately north of Canary Wharf, has been transformed by the new station designed by Foster + Partners. Atop the new station is the roof park/garden covering over 5300m2 and designed by Gillespies. The primary function of the roof garden is as a publicly accessible garden space.

The innovative space offers a unique climate with a partly covered roof; specialist planting plays a key role in the journey across the garden.


Blakedown took over the space from concrete formation, providing:



  Void formers


  Bespoke feature walls


  Bespoke seating

  Specially constructed pre-cast concrete plank walkway

  Resin bound surfacing

  2,000m2 of granite paving

  Mature trees and extensive shrub planting

   A fully automatic irrigation system specially adapted to cope with the specialist tree ferns imported from Australia


Further information:

The intense scheme involved craning all material through the gap in the timber beam roof carefully timed around other trades requiring access to the space and the limited crane usage.

Project demands saw Blakedown work out of hours and over weekends to ensure the works could be completed in the limited timeframe to allow shop and restaurant fit-out contractors to start.

The scheme involved importing more than 600m3 of topsoil, 100 tree ferns, 15,000 shrubs, 70 mature trees and 2000m2 of unique black granite.

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