Manchester Royal Infirmary is a large teaching hospital for Manchester University’s Medical School and is one of the busiest hospitals in the UK. Raised planters had already been installed throughout the site to provide essential greenery to the entrances and public walkways, 20 of the existing raised planters had rotted due to an ineffective wood treatment. WoodBlocX Landscaping was tasked with replacing the structures using exactly the same footprint as the previous planters to conserve as much of the original planting as possible, and to also ensure that the current paving could remain without disturbance.
In order to create matches for each planter our designers worked to a topographical survey and created CAD outlines for each. A number of the existing planters featured extremely tight angles and to achieve an identical match for the new WoodBlocX planters, our design team needed to modify the corner cuts to accommodate this, cutting the angles by hand to achieve a perfect match.
The build needed to work around the movements of a busy hospital; our installation team was on hand to assist with the build and the project. All WoodBlocX components arrive cut to size, install teams do not need to do cut any wood, nor is any machinery needed on site as the parts are small and lightweight they can be easily moved.
Materials were delivered and stored in courtyard areas to cause minimum disruption to the busy site and the assembly of the new structures took place during a quick four-week timeframe. WoodBlocX director, Henry Blake said: “Manchester Royal Infirmary was a brilliant opportunity for us to showcase how versatile our modular system is by creating a series of bespoke angles. Our brief was to provide a solution that could replace the existing planters without disrupting the planting and hard landscaping that was already in place, and the result was identical to the previous design.”
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