Rooftop communal area with pergolas and wall top seating at the historic Empress Coach Works




Roof Top Gardens

Project Type

Benches, Pergolas


European Oak Timber

Client Background

Empress Coaches have spent the past 90 years running London buses and coach trips for hardworking East Londoners.

Situated on Corbridge Crescent, the family firm counted among its neighbours a wheelwright, a steelworks and countless small workshops.

Evidence of the site’s industrial heritage still remains in the iconic forms of the Bethnal Green gasholders.

The site has now been developed into three linked blocks of 4, 5 and 10-storey buildings. These are a mix of 54 dwellings and 5 commercial units. There has also been work on the retention, repair and refurbishment of 3 existing Regency and Victorian cottages.

The Project

Urban Concepts Ltd manufactured and installed a mixture of European oak pergolas and wall top benches situated within the rooftop gardens of the Empress Coach Works development.

The project involved working in collaboration with contractors HG Construction ensuring all work was carried out to the relevant design and standard. On time and within budget!

Project Highlights

This was a unique project to create a rooftop space which was in keeping with the heritage of the area.

This project was a good challenge to create a space that fitted the landscape as well as providing a functional space for employees.

Kev Sharratt, Director, Urban Concepts


The seating helps to create a multi-layered environment that significantly boosts the desirability and value of the Empress Coach Works development.

This roof garden has created a fantastic communal setting for residents to relax, unwind and enjoy the area.

Urban Concepts did a great job in both manufacture and installation!

Russell Groves, Project Manager, HG Construction