A roof garden creating a green oasis above the busy streets of Hamersmith has opened to the public.
A flat, concrete roof area at the Lyric theatre has been transformed into a welcoming green space. An eye-catching six-metre tall boomerang-inspired pergola covered with climbing plants rises from the roof garden providing a focal point for passers-by below.
The aim of the project, Lyric executive director Jessica Hepburn explained, is to provide an area for the boroughs residents and visitors to enjoy.The roof garden will provide a green space for everyone in Hammersmith to enjoy, both day and night, she said. The garden is part of our commitment to making Hammersmith a fantastic place to live, work and relax in as well as providing a great night out for theatre-goers.
Groundwork Londons landscape architect Adam White designed the green retreat with colleague Andrée Davies. The project was funded by business group Hammersmith London, which provided £150,000, as well as the Lyric, BIG Lottery Fund, Western Riverside Environmental Fund and St Martins Property. Another £25,000 was raised from proceeds from Marks & Spencers carrier bag charge as part of its environmental campaign.