Crest Nicholson Livewell Garden, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Laser-cut corten water features and roller-track system for innovative wooden seating.

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About the project

The two elements we created for this project - the first of its kind to be commissioned by housebuilder Crest Nicholson - perfectly sum up why so many top designers come to us for help with their show gardens.

At one end of the spectrum were the two corten water features. Constructed on a big scale - one section measuring 3m long, the other 4.6m long - they were made possible by our technology. All parts were laser-cut in-house and rolled in our CNC rolls to produce perfect curved edges and profiles, before being welded and polished by hand to a perfectly seamless finish.

In contrast, producing the roller-track system for the wooden seating was entirely down to the skills of our craftsmen. Corten is not available in sections and therefore had to be fabricated from 5mm plate. A total of 20 linear metres of track meant 80 linear metres of welding and polishing. This brings with it certain technical difficulties: the heat generated can lead to distortion, which could have affected both the flatness of the track and the consistency of the opening in the top, both of which were critical to the smooth operation of the seating. Owing to our welders’ exceptional skills, they were able to ensure the track remained perfectly flat and maintained a tolerance for the opening in the top of just +/- 0.5mm.

The Livewell Garden was awarded a Silver Medal. Following the Show, it was transferred to Writtle University College; it will eventually be permanently installed at Charter Park, Crest Nicholson’s proposed new development in Chelmsford, Essex.

About the project

The two elements we created for this project - the first of its kind to be commissioned by housebuilder Crest Nicholson - perfectly sum up why so many top designers come to us for help with their show gardens.

At one end of the spectrum were the two corten water features. Constructed on a big scale - one section measuring 3m long, the other 4.6m long - they were made possible by our technology. All parts were laser-cut in-house and rolled in our CNC rolls to produce perfect curved edges and profiles, before being welded and polished by hand to a perfectly seamless finish.

In contrast, producing the roller-track system for the wooden seating was entirely down to the skills of our craftsmen. Corten is not available in sections and therefore had to be fabricated from 5mm plate. A total of 20 linear metres of track meant 80 linear metres of welding and polishing. This brings with it certain technical difficulties: the heat generated can lead to distortion, which could have affected both the flatness of the track and the consistency of the opening in the top, both of which were critical to the smooth operation of the seating. Owing to our welders’ exceptional skills, they were able to ensure the track remained perfectly flat and maintained a tolerance for the opening in the top of just +/- 0.5mm.

The Livewell Garden was awarded a Silver Medal. Following the Show, it was transferred to Writtle University College; it will eventually be permanently installed at Charter Park, Crest Nicholson’s proposed new development in Chelmsford, Essex.

Location
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2019

Client
Crest Nicholson

Designer
Aleksandra Bartczak - David Jarvis Associates

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