Fulham Riverside is a unique multifunctional building project covering an area of 3.2 hectares. It is located in London on the bank of the Thames, the longest river in England.
The master plan provides space for both residential and retail facilities within a contemporary landscape setting.
A grand avenue flanked with lime trees connects the complex to the riverside walk along the Thames. Along the riverside walk there are a number of restaurants, cafés and a gym.
The multi-award-winning gardens at the centre of the development provide residents with a tranquil retreat where they can sit and relax. The concept is based on a series of various interlinked gardens on different levels, leading down towards the Thames.
The idea for the garden was conceived as a number of gardens within a garden, including an outdoor gym, a croquet lawn and a play and relaxation area.
The location of the gardens on the third and fourth levels give a nod to the industrial context of the warehouse buildings that originally stood on the site. It also complements the concept of the interlinked gardens on different levels.
Natural materials – such as the Septima Salvia and Vanilla clay pavers – and wooden furniture create a strong and dynamic ground pattern that is complemented by the blocks of decorative planting and hedges, creating spaces with individual character within the overall composition.
The texture of the warm grey Septima Salvia clay paver emphasise the garden feel while accentuating the contemporary design. The yellow Septima Vanilla clay pavers have been subtly integrated in the network of paths.
The water features comprise various precisely designed rills that channel water through the gardens. The water flows into a large pool before cascading over the 3-metre high waterfall. On the lowest level, an artistic steel arch has been installed to frame the wonderful panoramic views of the Thames from the fourth level.
Providing a connection between the clay pavers and the surrounding paths was an extremely important criterion when designing the water features. The texture also provides visual interest and emphasises the movement of the water.
The Septima Salvia
clay pavers have been installed as thin brick slips and bonded to the bottom of the water features using a waterproof resin mortar. The brick slips enable the thickness of the structural walls to be reduced. The metal staircase connecting the levels was constructed using full-sized clay pavers. The treads were specially designed to enable optimal processing.
Construction is currently in progress on phase 2. This is based on a similar concept using the same materials. Once again, brick slips line the water features while clay pavers are used for feature paths within the concept.