November 5, 2013 Jason Selwyn

V&A planters receive facelift ahead of special event

It’s more than 10 years since Firman Glass Projects manufactured and installed the stunning structural glass planters that form part of the celebrated John Madejski Garden at the V&A in London. Firman Glass Projects have been responsible for their ongoing maintenance and refurbishment ever since.


Last month, the FGP team received an urgent request to refurbish two of the planters ahead of a wedding celebration for which the garden needed to look its absolute best. The team sprang into action and headed to the V&A to carry out the complex removal and restoration of the planters in time for the special event.

With the planting safely removed by crane, the lighting was disconnected and the planters, each weighing over 300kg empty, were returned to our workshops in Romford. The base of the glass planters holds a bespoke metalwork structure that not only drains excess water from the unit, but also creates the unique lighting design that is a key feature of the garden.

With the metalwork secured, each planter was refurbished and resealed. Special bands were used to hold the structure in place whilst the silicone sealant cured. Once the restoration work was complete, the planters were ready to be transported back to the V&A and re-installed in time for the wedding.

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“It’s fantastic to see the V&A planters looking as good as new,” says Firman Glass Projects Contracts and Operations Manager Steven Ball. “We know that the decision to invest in structural glass is a big one. Our clients can rely on Firman’s commitment to protecting that investment with ongoing support and maintenance contracts.”

The John Madejski Garden at the V&A was designed by Kim Wilkie landscape architects and opened in 2005. The structural glass planters edge the centerpiece oval pool and traditionally contain lemon trees in the summer and hollies in the winter. Lighting is an essential component to the design and the scheme is designed by Patrick Woodroffe, lighting designer to the Rolling Stones. The garden is named after its benefactor Sir John Robert Madejski, OBE, DL, an English businessman, well known for his successful 25 year tenure as Chairman of Reading Football Club


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