Case Study – Great Portland Estates plc – The Hickman by Urban Planters Franchise Ltd

on Thursday, 07 October 2021. Posted in News

Urban Planters Franchise were awarded a Gold Leaf Award for their Deisgn and Installation over £10K for the installation at great Portland Estates plc – The Hickman. Congratulations!


General information
We were given Farrer Huxley’s design brief and worked with the client to get the look and feel they wanted for this great new space.

The scheme incorporated bespoke planters made from Iroko wood and PCP black metal frames as well as matching furniture with sustainability and wellbeing at the core of the project. Extensive planting in the courtyard has enhanced biodiversity and air quality.


Throughout the process we had both CGI’s and a sample planter made for the client’s approval. The installation had to be done in phases due to the amount of planters and furniture but everything went according to plan and any changes which had to be made along the way were helped by the speed of responses from the client. The end result is a stunning place to relax or work in a building which has been acknowledged by BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and EPC ‘A’.

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Following on from the courtyard, the internal planting was designed with the client to be in-keeping with the renovation and history of the building and enhance the new spaces.

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Bespoke planters
1no Workbench Planter 3.6m long
1no Planter 2.4m long
4no Planter 1.6m long
1no Workbench planter with backrest 5.4m long
1no Workbench planter with backrest 5.2m long
5no Steel Planter 1800mm long
3no Steel Planters 800mm3

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Planting specified by Farrer Huxley:
Anemone x hybria honorine jobert
Anthriscus sylvestris ravenswing
Astrantia involucrate shaggy
Betual utilize jacquemontii 3m
Calamagrostis x acutiflora karl forester
Convolvulus cneorum
Escallonia iveyi
Foneculum vulgare pupureum
Helleborus x hybrid harvington white
Monlina caerula
Panicum virgatum heavy metal
Parrotia perica
Pilestetgia virbunoides
Pittorsportum tobira nanum
Trachelospermum jasminoides

Allium nigrum
Narcissus ariel
Leucojum aestivum
Cyclamen hederifolium var. f.albiflorum

Furniture to match planters
1no Workbench table 2m long
1no Workbench table 1.6m long
2no Seating bench 1.6m long
1no Storage bench 1.6m long
9no Seating stools 380mm

39no Table top
8no Floor standing

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Aglaonema maria
Aspidistra elatior
Rhipsalis baccifera oasis
Mixed succulents
Ficus robusta
Monstera deliciosa
Dieffenbachia maroba
Ficus lyrata
Asplenium nidus
Philodendron imperial green
Scindapsus (epipremnum) aureum

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Suppliers and/or individuals to be recognized:
Ian Cartwright & James Burrage at Great Portland Estates plc for their never-ending support and help with the project from time of award to final install.
Farrer Huxley for their support and speed in answering any questions or changes which needed to be made.
Euro Planters and the support and help from John Wilkes in getting the design and product to a high specification which the client is very happy with.
Finally Urban Planters Chelmsford installation team of whom there are too many to mention but did a sterling job.