quantum leapFuture Arbor Ltd provide bespoke arboricultural solutions for a wide range of design projects, to ensure long-term, healthy tree retention.  One such example is our recent involvement with the iconic “Quantum Leap” sculpture, in the heart of Shrewsbury, which was installed in celebration of the bicentenary of Charles Darwin.

The early stages of design and planning identified existing mature trees on site as having a very high public amenity value, due to the prominance of the site next to a busy highway.  Future Arbor were retained as arboricultural consultants, acting on behalf of Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council and Pearce and Lal architects.  We were responsible for ensuring successful project completion with tree retention being afforded the highest priority.

“I would Recommend working with Future Arbor again.  They had great insight in understanding the clients needs and balancing this with the design team requirements, delivering a practical approach to the protection of tree’s and roots during and after construction.”

Ranbir Lal, Quantum Leap architect, Pearce and Lal Architectural Practice.

This unique project required the application of cutting edge arboricultural design and engineering principles.  The sculpture’s ribs alone weigh more than 113 tonnes, with foundations and piles adding a further 93 tonnes.quantum leap construction

Future Arbor created an industry-leading footpath design with permeable sub-base, binding and wearing courses.  Fast water percolation was a design necessity, due to the project being located within a high flood-risk area.  A smooth finish and minimal gradient were essential for disability access; the finish surface must be attractive to compliment the sculpture.  Following the design process, Future Arbor managed the installation and successfully integrated this with adjacent landscaping.

“Future Arbor provided excellent arboricultural support and expert guidance.”

Dominic Wallis, Business Development Manager, Shropshire Council

For more information regarding this iconic sculpture, the following link  is provided to the BBC news report.


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