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Roof East, Stratford

Location: Stratford, London Borough of Newham
Client: Urban Space Management
Capital Cost: £20k

Roof East is an exciting new high-rise urban park located on top of a 5 storey car park overlooking the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The roof garden consists of two bars, an outdoor cinema, an aquaponics green house and will soon benefit from the arrival of a yurt to host undercover activities.

Much of the roof garden's seating, raised planters and green walls were assembled using recycled wooden pallets and timber decking salvaged from the Olympic Village. But arguably, the defining features are three vintage sports cars that have been installed on the roof and planted with trees and a variety of sub planting.

Matthew Conlon-Perry, one of Groundwork's landscape architects behind the designs, said "The cars have had a lot of attention, both on the opening night and on Twitter,  I guess it's not everyday you see a Porsche 294 sprouting with lavender".

A proportion of the planting was donated by RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibitors, through Groundwork's Chelsea REUSE scheme and was planted with help from Groundwork’s Green Team and corporate volunteers from Interserve. A bespoke lighting scheme helps bring the space to live after dark, resulting in a green, roof top oasis in the heart of Stratford, for locals and visitors to enjoy night & day.

Roof East has been supported by Urban Space Management Ltd, GLA Pocket Park Fund, The Stratford Renaissance Partnership, Groundwork London and London Borough of Newham. For the latest visit