Embassy Gardens – planters in Bronze sandblasted PVD stainless steel

Planters in Bronze sandblasted PVD stainless steel in Embassy Gardens, part of the Ballymore Homes development, Nine Elms, - Wandsworth, London, UK - Landscape Architect: Camlins; Hyland Edgar Driver - Landscape Designers: In-Ex Landscapes

Planters in Bronze sandblasted PVD stainless steel in Embassy Gardens, part of the Ballymore Homes development, Nine Elms,
Wandsworth, London, UK
Landscape Architect: Camlins; Hyland Edgar Driver
Landscape Designers: In-Ex Landscapes

Case study: Embassy Gardens – planters in Bronze sandblasted PVD stainless steel

Creating a district worthy of Ambassadors

In 2008 the American Ambassador, Robert Tuttle announced, to general surprise, that the American Embassy was relocating from Grosvenor Square to Nine Elms in Wandsworth. The Dutch Embassy has since also moved to Nine Elms, which links Vauxhall and Battersea, and thus began an uplift in the reputation of the area with the £620 million US Embassy being at the core of the revival. The Embassies do not have obvious security but instead a half-moat on one side and a linear park on the other.

Architect and urban-planner Sir Terry Farrell is masterminding the redevelopment, which is being called “The New South Bank”.

Embassy Gardens

Part of the regeneration of the area is the development that has been created by Ballymore Group which includes commercial buildings and apartments. 1750 new homes have been created with over 20,000 square metres of office and flexible space within eight building plots.

The Gardens

Ballymore Homes, part of Ballymore Group, are responsible for building the apartments and have also created the gardens. Embassy Gardens is part of the Linear Park, the design of which is based on New York’s High Line park. This will run from Battersea Power Station through to Vauxhall Cross and incorporates cycle lanes, public squares and pocket parks.

PVD coloured stainless steel in sandblasted Bronze, corner section of planter. In sunlight the Bronze PVD has a rich depth. Embassy Gardens, London, UK

PVD coloured stainless steel in sandblasted Bronze, corner section of planter. In sunlight the Bronze PVD has a rich depth. Embassy Gardens, London, UK

PVD coloured stainless steel in sandblasted Bronze which was specified to complement the green planting . Embassy Gardens, London, UK.

PVD coloured stainless steel in sandblasted Bronze which was specified to complement the green planting . Embassy Gardens, London, UK.

PVD coloured stainless steel in sandblasted Bronze which was specified to enhance the tones of the building materials. Embassy Gardens, London, UK.

PVD coloured stainless steel in sandblasted Bronze which was specified to enhance the tones of the building materials. Embassy Gardens, London, UK.

PVD coloured stainless steel in sandblasted Bronze, planters complementing the building materials. In shade the Bronze PVD has a cool tone. Embassy Gardens, London, UK.

PVD coloured stainless steel in sandblasted Bronze, planters complementing the building materials. In shade the Bronze PVD has a cool tone. Embassy Gardens, London, UK.


Planters in PVD Bronze

Anthony Thompson is the Managing Director of In-Ex Landscapes Anthony Thompson is the Managing Director of In-Ex Landscapes who were appointed by the landscape architects, Camlins. In-Ex Landscapes constructed the connecting paved spaces from New Union Square through to the Linear Park which included the specification and installation of the planters.

Anthony says “We wanted to complement the green planting and the coloration of the buildings which include ochres and golds and the pavement which is a natural pea gravel. The colours were tending towards autumn colours in browns, golds and yellows so we knew we wanted a bronze colour for the planters. The original specification was for powder coated steel but we discounted this option as it damaged too easily – it could be scratched by people passing by or during maintenance especially being at a low level. Our role is always to Value-Engineer and advise so we looked at various options for the planters.

We put forward coloured stainless steel as a product being no different in price to powder coating but being far superior in aesthetic and quality. The design detail was a big challenge for us on this project as the ground work varied from the drawings which meant we could not fabricate as originally planned. In the end we made fifty prototypes of corner sections from timber and these were exactly copied by John Desmond Ltd”.


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PVD coloured stainless steel in sandblasted Bronze, panel section of planter, Embassy Gardens, London, UK. This image shows how the Bronze has a warm tone in the sunshine.

PVD coloured stainless steel in sandblasted Bronze, panel section of planter, Embassy Gardens, London, UK. This image shows how the Bronze has a warm tone in the sunshine.


April Dahlberg is the Technical Director at John Desmond Ltd. April Dahlberg is the Technical Director at John Desmond Ltd.

April says “The Bronze PVD is interesting in that the colour changes dramatically in light and shade situations. The play of light will create a cool low-metallic look whilst when the sun is on the material it glows warmly with a brilliant depth”


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PVD coloured stainless steel in sandblasted Bronze, sharp angled corner section of planter. Embassy Gardens, London, UK. This image was taken in the shade and the Bronze shows as a cool tone.

PVD coloured stainless steel in sandblasted Bronze, sharp angled corner section of planter. Embassy Gardens, London, UK. This image was taken in the shade and the Bronze shows as a cool tone.