We have collected a selection of projects where Milford has contributed with solutions that have given the architects the freedom to transform their visions into reality and create green and recreational urban environments, where people, bicycles, public transportation, and cars exist in perfect coherence.
In more and more cities we see a tendency to hide cars away in underground parking spaces to make more room for green environments on street level and give pedestrians and cyclists safe environments to move around in. This is also the case in the Danish town Odense, where the central street Thomas B. Thriges Gade was transformed from being a four-lane road into a vibrant and recreational urban space.
The cars are now parked in an underground parking space, making more room for greenery at street level and the newly established light rail.
It can be a challenge to plant trees on top of parking spaces due to specific requirements for the threepits, lack of space, and an impervious surface. In collaboration with the landscape architects, we helped give the trees the optimal growth conditions with a combination of StrataCells, RootRain, and ReRoot. Combined the systems create a controlled root growth and ensure that the roots grow in the desired direction, while at the same time being provided with sufficient water and oxygen.
Today the people of Odense can enjoy the vibrant and green urban space, where greenery, pedestrians, bicycles, public transportation, and cars work together in perfect harmony.
North of Göteborg, Sweden we find Kongahälla Center. The vision for Kongahälla was to create a varied and modern neighborhood with all amenities easily accessible. Here, one is in close proximity to shopping, public transport (Kungävl Resecentrum), and green areas.
Kungävl Resecentrum is a gathering point for the many commuters using the buses on a daily basis.
The landscape architects paid special attention to create green and welcoming outdoor areas in front of the traveling center. We helped plant the trees strategically so that they have the right amount of space to grow undisturbed from the infrastructure. The trees were planted in our root-friendly soil cell system StrataCells, combined with our aeration system RootRain, and root barrier ReRoot. Together the solutions give the roots room enough to grow in the uncompressed soil.
Kungävl Resecentrum and Kongahälla is a good example of how to create a recreational and inviting environment in connection with public transportation. Here all amenities are easily accessible and the neighborhood provides easy access to green spaces, where trees give an inviting and welcoming environment to the joy of the many commuters and the people living in Kungävl.
In the center of Oslo, we see an example of an environment that has been developed to be more useful, better, and more sustainable for pedestrians, cyclists, and commuters. Storgata is one of the oldest streets in the Norwegian capital and daily the street houses many pedestrians, cyclists, and people taking the tram.
The street needed an upgrade in order to provide better conditions for the many pedestrians and cyclists using the street and for the people taking the tram on a daily basis. Wider sidewalks, new tram stops, and a new road foundation and pavement were some of the adjustments to be made. The intention of the project was also to optimize the hundred-year-old drains to withstand the future of more heavy rains by planting trees along the street.
The trees absorb the water, prevent flooding, and act as a water reservoir that provides the trees with water during periods of little rainfall.
It can be a challenge to combine tree plating with heavy traffic loads, and rainwater management. We helped protect the young trees and secure their optimal growth conditions with our root-friendly Stratacells, Sahara tree guards, and our Adapta tree grilles developed in collaboration with Sweco Norway to handle the water flow and water surface.
What started as a challenge of combining heavy traffic, aesthetics, and climate challenges, went to be an example of how unique solutions and a close corporation can create effective, green, and inviting urban spaces that are equipped for the changing climate and that lives up to the current ways of moving around in the city.