A field of fresh grass, walk ways, a lake with a water, bridges, decking bandstands and many other beautiful landscaped areas of what used to be a tarmac carpark. Gibraltar isn’t noted for it’s sprawling roads for the descernable driver and is overwhelmed by far too many cars for such a small space. What better way to use a public space… greener, softer, usable and much more enjoyable.
Near to 150 trees, established and resplendent in their beauty, ornamental grasses and companion planting in a Mediterranean style. Further, the park is indespurssed with contemporary seating arrangements with a bandstand in matching timber.
The park has been awarded by ‘Best International Project’ by Plant Magazine
The position of the park is a welcome contrast to the surrounding buildings and more importantly the Kings Bastion walls; massive in their structure that dwarf every thing in site. One could study these magnificent walls and would soon realise an oasis like space; a relaxing space which does provides natures tranquility at it’s best on the island.
Commercial decking at it’s finest
When Mark Gregory from Landform Consultants approached Karl Harrison, he said that he wanted to really study what “Best” meant when describing decking. Furthermore, Karl presented a compelling argument for sustainability, durability and longevity which ultimately resulted in one outcome. A hardwood timber decking that would stand the usage of high foot traffic and not suffer the consequences. As well as being easily maintained if required, costed sensibly and have no visible fixings would be my goto choice. Karl recommended Exterpark Plus in 35m thickness, has has all of the above in heaps.
Karl said “When choosing Hardwood Decking for commercial usage the stability is an importand factor. if the timber moves then this increases the maintenance, in the case of this dimension Elondo then it doesn’t move a lot so the maintenance is reduced by quite some margin”
Exterpark owned by Yvyra.es is a brand with 45 years of history. Further, they’re used all over the world and is the champion of the innovative Magnet Decking brand. Hundreds of thousands of square metres of real hardwood and composite decking projects have been satisfied with these innovative products.
The Bandstand, raised proud of the surrounding water looks as impressive as it’s designer intended. The decking had to be machined into radially cut pieces; Exterpark was able to do this and still encorporate the fixings system of the invisible stainless clips.
Credits and Further information
Client Government of Gibraltar
Landscape Consultants Landform Consultants
Landscape Architect Nilufer Danis, Lotus Design Studio
Decking Structure Karl Harrison
Decking Instalation Decorum.London
Decking Material Exterpark plus Elondo 35mm