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Flame Red Bills at Paris Montparnasse

Comments (0)Published by Louise Scott on May 16 2014 04:17 in Floristry | General | GRP Planters | Interior Design | Interior Landscaping | Landscape Architecture
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Just four out of 12 Bill 04 Tree planters, 1m in diameter for French Railways, SNCF.


Finished in textured Flame Red. These beautiful pots have been made using fire retardant resins and gels to achieve the M1 French fire retardant standard, similar to UK Class 0. All our planters can be similarly specified to be made in these materials giving specifiers unlimited design options for public areas where flame retardant products are essential. Despite having to make this more complex laminate, Livingreen managed to meet a tight deadline for customer Ambius France, delivering the completed job to France 13 working days after the order was placed.



The planters are now installed at the Paris station Montparnasse. Clearly they are taking no chances in ordering them in flame retardant materials as this is very same station made famous by the 1895 steam train crash. The Granville-Paris Express overran the platform within the station as it was trying to make up for lost time. It was travelling at such a high speed that it careered through a 60cm (2ft) thick wall, shot across a terrace, smashed out the station’s window and plummeted 10m (33ft) below onto the Place de Rennes; and killing an innocent woman below. Due to the negligence of the engine driver, the railway company paid for the woman’s funeral and provided a pension to look after her children. The picture though world famous with a reproduction in ‘real life’ as the frontspiece of a museum chain in Brazil – something for the football supporters perhaps!


Bespoke Curved Freestanding Planters Project: Update

Comments (0)Published by Louise Scott on February 5 2014 05:09 in Floristry | General | GRP Planters | Interior Design | Interior Landscaping | Landscape Architecture
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Back on the 14th of November we posted up some photos of our Curved Freestanding planters being installed in a corporate Paris HQ ( Now we finally have photographs showing the planters fully installed with plants. They look wonderful and bring a modern updated appearance to a corporate atrium.




Curved Freestanding Planters Project

Comments (0)Published by Louise Scott on November 14 2013 10:25 in Floristry | General | GRP Planters | Interior Design | Landscape Architecture
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Its been a busy few weeks for the projects team here in Edinburgh. Three very large bespoke jobs have all been going through the factory at the same time with the first dispatched yesterday direct to a corporate HQ in Paris. A really challenging job, our task was to create 31 totally individual planting beds in sectional pieces for bolting together on site, making low islands in a large atrium style reception space. To make it just that bit harder, every planter featured a unique multi curved profile, challenging our toolmakers to come up with a cost effective solution. Taking the interior designers concept, our designers created CAD engineering production drawings for each unit which were then made real using some ingenious temporary mouldings. The whole job was handed over  to our specialist finishing team for a beautiful high shine paint finish in brilliant white. Finally it was all hands on deck to get the units wrapped and loaded onto a dedicated artic for delivery in Paris 36 hours later. Phew! Another highly technical bespoke job, created and delivered on time – well done to the whole team.