Best Project 2020; Case Study – Societe Generale Office Planting by Plant Designs Ltd

on Monday, 07 September 2020. Posted in News

Now we’ve had our virtual Award Ceremony, we can feature the case studies of some of our Green Leaf Award winners this year - at last. We are starting off with the Best Projects 2020 in Design & Installation and Maintenance.

Societe Generale was nominated as one of two Best Projects in the Design and Installation category. It was designed and installed by Plant Designs Ltd. Congratulations!

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General information
The initial brief from our client required hundreds of plant displays, in which it was specified that around 80% should be replica and 20% living plants. Upon award of the contract, we asked the client the burning question; why go replica when you could go live? After much discussion and time spent educating the client on the power of live plants, they ended up revising the specification and the site now boasts around 90% live planting and 10% replica.

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Following a mammoth installation, the Societe Generale office is now home to approximately 10,000 living plants spread across 8 floors, including 4 beautiful Ficus Trees that adorn the reception area, handpicked by the client from specialist growers in Holland. Other displays include specialist joinery planters filled with numerous plant species, integrated within furniture and fabric of the building, free standing displays of many sizes, impressive wall mounted displays, a beautiful living wall and 180 square metres of replica living wall.

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When we first received the RFP for this project, it was as overwhelming as it was exciting! It was the first project in London that we were aware of that incorporated such an incredibly high volume of interior planting.

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The original concept was created by Lewis Huff of TP Bennett. After meeting with Lewis and discussing his vision, we had a vision of our own; to transform a predominantly replica focused design into one of the most densely planted interior workplaces in London. Lewis was quick to adopt our vision, as was the client. Following this, we spent some time visiting growers in Holland with the client, choosing trees for reception and getting inspiration for other areas. After a year of design meetings and planning, the project finally came to fruition in October/November 2019.

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The result is one of Plant Designs’ proudest achievements. Not only is the site beautiful and green, it is entirely functional and the planting serves its purpose in improving office wellbeing and satisfaction. A post-occupancy evaluation is currently under way and we look forward to seeing the figures later this year – we are sure that they will celebrate the impact of biophilic design.

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Judge’s comments
“Societe Generale - A very impressive scheme, and the best I saw this year. Great variety in the range of plants chosen and all well-suited to their positions. The Strelitzia nicolai were growing superbly well and may even flower if allowed to continue to increase in height. There were also some superb quality replica plants in the darkest areas. The framing of the meeting/dining room balcony views was superb - the plants will thrive here. The reception area with the large asymmetrical white planting bed was one of the best individual features I saw this year. The ground level plantings on each floor were also highly unusual and very effective. Faultless (but exciting) plant and container selection.”

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This year’s Awards were sponsored by Koberg Bv and Greenscene Interiors