Green-tech Adds a Touch of Green!
Bristo Square sits on part of the estate of The University of Edinburgh, nestled against the southerly edge of Edinburgh’s old town.
In 2015 a £33m redevelopment project was undertaken to include a major refurbishment and expansion of McEwan Hall and to the front of Bristo Square. The external works and landscaping created a more accessible and safer area.
In 2017 a completely new outdoor festival arena was unveiled, in keeping with Edinburgh’s reputation as a festival city.
Works in Bristo Square included tree planting, creation of more social spaces and improved accessibility. It was designed to give a light, open space, with tiered seating steps around the central events area.
Bordering this paved pedestrian area are ten semi-mature trees set in hard landscaping. These trees help to soften the cityscape and provide much needed shade during the summer months.
In order to protect the tree pit soil from compaction, Landscape Architect Ironside Farrar specified Green-tech’s ArborRaft tree planting system which is widely used across the country in urban tree planting projects.
The ArborRaft System combines nutrient-rich ArborRaft soil with exceptionally strong geocellular units. Together they create a healthy growing space for trees in areas subject to vehicle loadings and trafficking.
Trees are Thriving
Green-tech also supplied the gt Sleeper and Kerbstone tree anchoring systems, along with gt RootBarrier and Mona Relief tree irrigation pipes.
A couple of years’ on and the latest visit to McEwan Hall showed that the tree pits are doing their job well, and the trees are thriving.