Monday 5th September, 2016
It’s so exciting to see Moneypenny’s new £15m headquarters in Wrexham complete. CW Studio designed the landscape for this striking new building by AEW Architects. It’s designed to accommodate over 1000 staff and has a tree house for meetings and a village pub.
The building is set in a ten-acre landscape and boasts dramatic views over meadows, woodland and an orchard, to the countryside beyond, all designed to create a happy, relaxing and inspirational setting for employees and visitors.
Employees and visitors enter along an Irish blue limestone walkway through a landscape of tall, swaying grasses, echoing the natural landscape of the meadow beyond. Hornbeam hedging gives structure and defines the space. Solid granite welcome benches with Artscape etching by Hardscape terminate diagonal crossing paths and are enclosed with tall grasses.
A timber deck leads from the building to a wetland filled with filtered surface water, while a wet meadow detention basin holds any overflow in severe weather.
An orchard provides apples, damsons, plums and black cherries for the staff to enjoy. All species were chosen to provide fruit for the staff to enjoy throughout their working day, and Moneypenny provide picnic baskets and blankets so that people can sit in the meadow at lunchtime and eat apples from the trees. It’s so wonderful to see the staff loving their new home.
Moneypenny has been the perfect client and it was fantastic to get such lovely feedback from Ed Reeves, Moneypenny co-founder and director, who said:
“CW Studio has exceeded our expectations with this project. Carolyn has been a joy to work with and has delivered something that we’re truly proud of.”
Some planting numbers!
- 1750 trees
- 500 bulbs
- Over 1000 ornamental grasses
- Over 1000 wetland plants
- 12,000 m2 wildflower meadow
- 10 oak saplings from the 500-year-old oak tree on site were transplanted and replanted in the meadow, to protect the heritage of the tree for at least the next 500 years.
Photo credit main photo: Aliva UK