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Living wall creates oasis fit for Paddington Bear

An Edwardian Terrace on a famous street in Primrose Hill has been turned into a budding oasis by the team at TUGC with nearly 3000 plants, all supported by an integrated irrigation system to keep the wall thriving.

Paddington location: the home of the Brown family: Chalcot Crescent, Primrose Hill, London

Paddington location: the home of the Brown family: Chalcot Crescent, Primrose Hill, London

The garden is part of a multi-million pound development of a beautiful four story terrace that sits close by its more famous neighbour which was the film location for the home of Paddington Bear’s surrogate family, the Browns.

Thousands of plants await their new home

The living wall takes shape

The end result is something of which Paddington’s aunt Lucy would have been proud in deepest, darkest Peru.

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Re-greening apartments next to congested A4, London

Luxury apartment block regretting in West London

The re-greening of a 1940s, West London, luxury apartment block refurbishment continued with two more garage roofs completed in quick time by The Urban Greening Company.

The 25 sq.m of sedum roof, added to a 30 sq.m. installation earlier in the year, all help to improve the water attenuation in the heavily populated and traffic congested area of Barons Court.

The project is a continuing development of our working relationship with Mike Barrett of Manorfield UK Roofing and underlines the benefit of independent, professional waterproofers working with like-minded professional green roofers.


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Passivhaus development in Colchester receives green roof treatment

Green roof plugs planted and watering to help them thrive

TUGC has just completed the installation of plug planted green roofs across three blocks of quality dwellings in Colchester, Essex providing 23 new homes, a mixture of one and two bed flats and 17 houses .


Preparing roofs for green roof installation

Preparing roofs for green roof installation

The 800 sq.m. of green space running across the three buildings included an 80-120 mm build-up of substrate and 10,000 plug plants to offer a broad biodiversity, as well as helping to provide sustainable drainage (SuDs).


Start laying base for green roof

Start laying base for green roof

The Jerram Falkus construction includes the refurbishment of a listed Mill which will become a shared space for social, domestic activities, and community events. The design team is led by Anne Thorne, an award winning eco-architect.


Substrate installed and ready for planting

Substrate installed and ready for planting

The buildings are designed and built to ‘Passivhaus’ standards to achieve exceptionally low running costs, sustainable comfort and health.


Colchester green roof plugs await planting

Some of the 10,000 plug plants sitting waiting to be planted to complete the job.


Residential water attenuation project in Manchester

We’ve spent a large part of the summer installing a unique water attenuation system on a residential apartment podium deck in Salford, Manchester working with IPS Group .

Start of first phase of water attenuation

The first phase covers around 1200 square metres of podium above the car park and includes a ‘Blue Roof’ comprising of syphonic drainage, Aquaten water attenuation system and substantial landscaping. The new residential blocks, situated next to the old Manchester canal, provide a beautiful outside space for the residents, however, the key objective of the landscaping is to provide a sustainable urban drainage system (SuDs) to control water run-off.

Landscaping starts on interlocking void former blocks

The build includes over 6000 sq.m. of interlocking void former blocks with a large capacity to not only hold water but also to support the weight of the detailed landscaping.  The shrub and turf areas also have a layer of Aquaten fleece which helps hold water and provides passive irrigation for plants.

Almost completed first phase of water attenuation system

The second phase starts in the autumn and is even larger; lets hope the weather is a little cooler!

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Avoid remedial work with regular maintenance

Repair and install irrigation on greenroof Reigate

Part of our summer work has been spent helping recover two large unmaintained roofs – one a 2,000 sq.m. roof on a school in Anglesey, the other being a lovely, 300 sq.m. sloping roof on a church in Reigate. Both needed replacement sedum across areas of the roof and a heavy dose of organic fertiliser to give them a chance of recovery. We also installed an irrigation system on the Reigate church to help the sedum cope with the gradient of the roof.

Repairing greenroof in Angelsey  Repairing Large greenroof Anglesey

Repairing Large greenroof Anglesey

Access was an issue at both sites with no design consideration for roof maintenance, but use of scaffolding towers helped reduce the pain, although seagulls’ nesting at Anglesey created a challenge!

Both sites provide a clear example of the need for regular maintenance to help green roofs fulfil the purpose of sustainable urban drainage (SuDs) and biodiversity in urban environments as well as ensuring they provide a point of beauty for locals.

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Happy clients create more profit for roofers 

The late spring sunshine has seen a surge in green roof enquiries and a demand for quick turn round installations, which the boys at The Urban Greening Company have been happy to deliver in order to keep our growing list of waterproofing customers and their clients happy.

  Barons Court redevelopment greenroof



Green roof adds instant improvement

TUGC: green roof specialists working together with waterproofers

Mike Barrett, MD of Manorfield UK Roofing is the latest customer to benefit from our efficient and professional service with the installation of a sedum roof on a luxury apartment block refurbishment in west London.

“We had short notice on this job but the TUGC lads came up trumps, completing the installation in a day leaving me with a very happy client who is already talking about more projects as a result of the quality of the work done,” said Mike. 

Clean roof with edge installed

The greenroof helps finish off the refurb

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Greenroof made in Chelsea

A small but perfectly formed green roof helps lift a multi-million pound, luxury development in Chelsea; adding to views from the villa window and providing much needed green infrastructure for sustainable urban drainage (SuDs) in a very congested part of Greater London.

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Roof Greening at Radisson Blu, Mayfair

By Roof Greening at Radisson Blu, Mayfair we Continued a steady process of greening outlooks from hotel room windows within the Radisson Blu group. We recently installed a modular sedum roof supplied by Wallbarn in Mayfair, instantly improving their clients outlook in the centre of London.

The portability of this green roof system means that we could access the roof through the hotel and out through the bedroom window without major upheaval or disruption.

.Roof Greening at Radisson Blu, Mayfair

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Small extension roof – difficult access

Planning permission for a residential development in North London required the installation of a wildflower roof to attenuate water, it also transformed an ugly outlook over this small extension roof with difficult access into little wildflower garden.

Access was tricky but our experience meant that the TUGC boys had the job done in good time without any mess.

Small extension roof with difficult access.

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Green Roof brings breath of fresh air to Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre

Green Roof brings breath of fresh air to Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre

The installation last year of a unique green roof brings breath of fresh air to Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre and is now bearing fruit in an area surrounded by one of London’s busiest road and rail networks.

Following a routine maintenance visit this summer by The Urban Greening Company (TUGC), who installed the roof last year, they felt compelled to share the results.

When TUGC took the project on the challenge was to convert an inert stone ballast roof in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea into a wildlife area to provide much needed green space on a roof sandwiched between the busy A40 flyover and the Great Western Mainline rail route to Paddington.

The next challenge was how to get the 110 sq.m of green roof onto the top of a four storey building quickly, economically and without disrupting the day-to-day activities of a busy community centre. Combined with this, a lightweight solution was critical to ensure there were no weight issues.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Groundwork London, commissioned Dusty Gedge of Green Inrastructure Consultancy Ltd to design a scheme.

     Green Roof brings breath of fresh air to Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre     Green Roof brings breath of fresh air to Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre

The clear solution was a portable green roof – Aquaten LiteTM. The cushion like structure containing a mix of seed, substrate, recycled natural fibres and Aquaten’s unique water absorbent fabric weighs 9kg, which enabled a team to install the roof in less than a day without disturbing the natural order at the centre. The Aquaten LiteTM  locks in rainfall and moisture to create positive growing conditions for the vegetation to develop.

As Mike Cottage of TUGC pointed out, “We’ve converted an ugly river stone area into a natural habitat and when we revisited the roof this summer the transformation was spectacular; the variety of species and plant growth were phenomenal as the simple video will show.” 

Furthermore, the roof saw the first use of a fabric which absorbs and neutralises pollutants from the atmosphere – Aquaten CleanAirTM – a much needed boost in a congested area.

Bulent Kazim, project manager for The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea said: “We are trying to create wildlife habitats across the borough as well as sustainable urban drainage to combat the effects of urbanisation and the living roof at the Centre qualifies on both of those counts.”

Abdurahaman Sayed CEO at the Centre commented “We had been looking at ways to create a more user friendly habitat on the roof of the centre and the Aquaten solution can now be seen to be reaping rewards.”