Project Summary: Commercial project to finish extensive roof terrace with ecodek® Composite Decking
Site: 20 St Dunstans Hill, London, EC3
Part of an extensive commercial refurbishment project in the heart of London, ecodek® was chosen for the 7th floor café and roof terrace in this prestigious development overlooking the river Thames.
Described as the ‘pièce de résistance’ of the project, the new café incorporates an ecodek® roof terrace on the newly created 7th floor. Clients located at Monument can enjoy a fully operational café with generous indoor and outdoor seating. This space is perfect for not only a break from the office, but also great for collaboration, quiet working and meetings. Overlooking The Thames, the St. Dunstans development has views of HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge and The Shard.
Construction manager Andrew Weaver had this to to say about the project:
We wanted to introduce a roof café in a ‘nautical’ theme with timber decking to match the deck of a luxury sailing vessel. The product also needed to be robust to endure full exposure to the external elements without fading, shrinking or expanding but most importantly to be a maintenance free solution.
While the initial intention was for the decking to run seamlessly from the external to internal areas, an issue arose with the internal part of the café where hygiene standards and maintenance dictated we could not have open gaps on the deck, as food and other items might be spilled or dropped onto the floor and through the gaps and inaccessible to clean. ecodek® were able to offer a solution to this in their Stadia profile. This solved the issue whilst enabling a continuation of matching material for the internal and external spaces.
The different colour options were also great, we could create accented areas for seating and walkways to the external decking using the same type of product but in a different colour and the grooved and ribbed options on the decking helped accentuate this change in colour and texture.
Slip resistance was also a consideration, this deck would be exposed to the elements and often be wet when raining, but the product’s low potential for slip properties met the project specifications.
All in all this product has been versatile enough to provide solutions to many of our challenges and has had the desired effect we were aiming to achieve. As a Design and Build contractor we found that the upfront support and technical information we requested was dealt with very proactively and personally by the MD, a very nice change compared to dealing with larger corporate organisations.
This product was far more versatile in options than we originally expected and it was refreshing to know there were numerous solutions on offer to suit this project.
The fact that it is maintenance free and also an environmentally sustainable product is a huge plus and it matches the natural timber options very well without the issues of discolouration and other typical long term problems which one would normally encounter with natural timber products.
All in all it is a great product and the office support was very impressive.
You can read more about this project over on the Peldon Rose website.
For more photography of the nautical themed interior, take a look at this page on the Sam Kopsch Studio website.