Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, London is a unique public space covering three storeys commencing at level thirty five and provides 360 degree views across London. Visitors are able to spend up to one hour in the landscaped gardens, observation decks and open air terrace of what is London’s highest public garden and at no charge. The Fenchurch Street property is a joint venture between Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group and Canary Wharf Contractors was the construction manager. The architect was New York based Rafael Viñoly.
The landscape designer responsible for the design of Sky Garden is landscape architecture practice Gillespies. Gillespies is a landscape architecture and urban design practice with over fifty years’ experience in project planning, landscape design and landscape planning and with offices in London, Oxford, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Moscow and Abu Dhabu. The practice comprises a qualified team of one hundred and thirty headed by Managing Partner Steve Wardell.
The design includes a series of planted terraces and the planting is dominated by drought resistant Mediterranean and South African species. Colour and flowers flourish all year round and plants include African Lily (Agapanthus), Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia) and Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) together with with fragrant herbs including French Lavender and Rosemary.
Bars and restaurants within the complex include Fenchurch Restaurant, Fenchurch Terrace, Darwin Brasserie, City Garden Bar and Sky Pod Bar.