The Reserve, Gibraltar
The Greenest Building Ever In Gibraltar – Literally!
The Reserve is set to be a unique and pioneering development in Gibraltar when it comes to delivering both aesthetic and sustainable green initiatives, as well as providing amazing views and a unique structural solution which will preserve, protect and futureproof the historic heritage water tanks that sit below the current derelict Old Casino building.
In respect of thinking green, the development will feature an area of natural habitat at roof level totalling 572sqm, populated with species characteristic of the locality and mitigating any habitat loss. Cascading plants are proposed for the roof and resort deck perimeter and various elevations of the building (such as the car park walls), with the use of species such as the Royal Dewflower (Drosanthemum speciosum), which has proven to be very successful at the recently completed Ocean Spa Plaza and will complement the superlative panoramic views to Morocco and the Bay of Gibraltar.
The East elevation, partly visible from the Gibraltar Nature Reserve is to feature substantial planting areas of Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata), with parts of the South elevation also utilising this beautiful climbing plant in addition to cascading plants, although this elevation will not generally be visible due to it being largely behind the quarried rock face of the site. The North elevation is heavily stepped in order to mitigate visual massing as much as possible and will feature arrangements of cascading plants on each level.
Significant investment is to be made into a custom-designed monorail cradle system to provide a sustainable form of maintenance access for various cascading and climbing plants on the West elevation which are to be fixed onto wires to provide vertical walls of green throughout the development, with species such as Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens), Madagascar Jasmin (Stephanotis floribunda), Lantana (Lantana viburnoides var. kisi), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Moonflower (ipomoea alba), Blue Skyflower (Thunbergia grandiflora), Star Jasmin (trachelospermum jasminoides) and Black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata), being used. Internal terrace dividing walls have even been considered within the approved proposals, with climbers including the Chocolate vine (Akebia quinate) and Clematis; The Reserve will literally be the greenest building in Gibraltar.
A total of 46 trees are required to be planted by the developer, representing a 200% increase of trees displaced, with the introduction of trees at ground level on the West elevation and also, following detailed consultation between the developer and the landscape architects responsible for the famous
Bosco Verticale, in Milan, a selection of trees actually being featured on numerous floors of the building, following specific feedback in relation to this, at the August 2019 DPC. Today reference was again made by the DPC to apartments in Bosco Verticale, which currently sell to the jet-setting, super wealthy in Italy for over £11,000 per square metre.
South District - South District
Suitably named for being at the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, this area benefits from local schooling facilities including the Loreto Convent, the New Gibraltar University and St Joseph’s school, and most places are only a short walk from the beachside resort of Camp Bay and Little Bay which are very popular bathing destinations during the summer months. Most properties can boast truly spectacular views of the strait of Gibraltar and the African coastline.
Due to the focus on residential accommodation in this area, there are limited amenities to offer local residents although this is something you compromise on due to the tranquillity of the area and microclimate. However, there is a large supermarket in the area.