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Uppingham School

Going back to his roots

His passion for Fibre glass was first discovered whilst making Canoes at Uppingham School as a child. Thirty-five years on John Wilkes, Director of Europlanters, has gone back to his roots to manufacture planters for a roof top project on the top of the schools new science block 'Destination Science' in Uppingham historic village.
The Bursar’s aim for this new 3 storey building is to inspire new generations of young people to see Science as an exciting and attractive subject to study. The roof terrace is just a small part of the £40m project invested to redevelop and transform the school. Specified by Landscape Architect Robert Myers Associates the project consisted of manufacturing and installing 17 planters to build several flower beds ranging from 6765/1875/530 high to 7388 /665/530 mm high. These were put together to fit neatly next to paving stones and contemporary hard wood seating with hidden storage boxes. The colour RAL 9006 was chosen to match the sky lights which the planters fit neatly around and the metallic colour contrasts well with the anodised aluminium used to clad the building. All of which complement the local ironstone colour. A wonderful array of plant varieties were planted by the landscapers including lavandula angustifolia, rosmarinus officinalis, Sedum, salvia officinalis and Pelargonium crispum chosen to ignite the senses and act as a perfect haven to attract wildlife whilst on the roof terrace. The science block opened in September 2014 ‘It has been an honour to be involved in this project said John Wilkes It has brought back so many wonderful childhood memories of being a pupil at the school and it is fabulous to see how it has been transformed’.
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