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800sqm of green roof in Cornwall

800sqm of green roof in Cornwall

800sqm of green roof on the headland hotel and spa’s brand new spa facility on the north cornwall coast just up the road from Newquay.

green roofs of varying sizes on this magnificent new spa facility right on the tip of the headland.

To say we had to battle through the weather would be an understatement. The roof seemed to have its own micro climate so logistics were extremely difficult.

Working for Western Flat Roofing we had the help of a crane for the materials.

800sqm of green roof in Cornwall

130 tonnes of substrate waiting to be lifted onto the roof

800sqm of green roof in Cornwall

substrate ready to be spread across the roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A very large amount of substrate was used due to us needing to reach a depth of 200ml across the roofs.

800sqm of green roof in Cornwall

each layer being installed

Such a high depth of growing medium was used due to the roofs exposed position right on the headland.

800sqm of green roof in Cornwall

complete rotunda roof with beautiful view

800sqm of green roof in Cornwall

completed rear roof

800sqm of green roof in Cornwall

completed rotunda drop down roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had to weigh down every layer until ready to unload the substrate due to the extreme wind conditions.

Getting materials to these back roofs was a tall order.

A coastal seed mix has been added to this 800sqm area of roof.

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Encouraging Biodiversity and Invertebrates In Victoria

Encouraging Biodiversity and Invertebrates In Victoria

We have been hard at work in Victoria encouraging biodiversity through plant enhancement and increasing the diversity of wildflower mix.

The creation of habitat incidentals such as sand piles, stone mounds and log piles also attracting invertebrates to the area.

Situated on the Wagamama restaurant in Victoria.

Encouraging Biodiversity and Invertebrates In Victoria

stone mounds become a place for insects to hibernate

Encouraging Biodiversity and Invertebrates In Victoria

sand piles are created across the roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also installed sparrow and bat boxes to encourage a wide range of wildlife to the centre of London.

Encouraging Biodiversity and Invertebrates In Victoria

Bat box securely in place

Encouraging Biodiversity and Invertebrates In Victoria

Sparrow boxes on the back of a bee hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We make these bee hotels from scratch providing solitary bees with a place to make their nest

Encouraging Biodiversity and Invertebrates In Victoria The end result is a multi functioning green roof in the heart of London with focusing on encouraging biodiversity.

 

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Hibernacular Habitat Towers in the city.

Hibernacular Habitat Towers in the city.

Encouraging bees and invertibrates in the heart of the city. We installed these hibernacular habitat towers at St. Alphage gardens next to London wall.

Hibernacular Habitat Towers in the city.

The towers being assembled in place piece by piece

Hibernacular Habitat Towers in the city.

Logs and steel containers ready to be assembled

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We assembled these special made steel frames and boxes and filled them with various size logs and bamboo shoots.  Creating numerous holes ranging between 0-10mm in order to attract a variety of species.

Hibernacular Habitat Towers in the city.

Our workspace on the grounds of the original london Wall

 

Hibernacular Habitat Towers in the city.

The Finished product before planting in the next phase.

 

 

 

 

 

A great project in this ancient part of London.

 

 

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Living wall at Bermondsey residence

A 10 metre high living wall has helped enhance a wooden decked courtyard area at three storey flat conversion in the centre of the historic leather market in Bermondsey, London.

The 30 sq.m. wall containing 1500 plants offering colour and depth in a tight compact space.

We regularly maintain this wall keeping it in good shape all year round.

Living wall at Bermondsey residence

Bermondsey living wall with the shard in the distance

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Rubens Hotel Maintenance visit

Rubens Hotel Maintenance visit

We have been maintaining this exterior living wall at one of Londons top hotels The Rubens Hotel next to Buckingham Palace for 5 years now.

Rubens Hotel Maintenance visit

The boys scaling the living wall.

 

 

 

Our Bi-annual visits see the wall given a good haircut. We also install new plants with each visit to maintain the walls striking presence. Located in one of the busiest areas of London. This beautiful living wall is seen by thousands of people every day.

The cradle is built and dismantled on each of the three sections of the wall. This provides us with safe access and enables us to gain maximum coverage each day.

Our ongoing Maintenance has created a lush and thriving living wall. As a result we are helping combat London’s noise and air pollution levels.

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Bio-solar roof to benefit Social Housing

Bio-solar roof to benefit Social Housing

A multi-million pound re-development in Notting Hill, London receiving a re-vamp of social housing. Working for Pavehall Plc on this interesting bio-solar roof project.

Bio-solar roof to benefit Social Housing

Substrate being distributed beneath the solar panels.

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The roof ready for plug planting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We installed four separate bio-solar roofs of approximately 600 sq.m. that will deliver low-cost green energy.

Our installation will benefit hundreds of tenants in this busy area of West London.

This project includes two core bio-diverse roof areas with over 3000 plug plants of multiple varieties.

Bio-solar roof to benefit Social Housing

A variety of plant species including wild strawberries

Bio-solar roof to benefit Social Housing

The sedum flowering on the wing roofs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also greened a further two wing roofs of approximately 200 m2 consisting of solar panels and sedum mat.

The sedum is already established and attracting pollinators into a busy urban area showing our hard work has paid off.

 

 

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Passivhaus development in Colchester

Passivhaus development in Colchester

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

 

Passivhaus development in Colchester

Preparing the green roofs for green roofs for  installation.

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

 

Passivhaus development in Colchester

Green roof base layers are being set out.

The Jerram Falkus construction includes the refurbishment of a listed Mill. This 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.

 

Passivhaus development in Colchester

Substrate installed and the roof is ready for planting.

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

 

Passivhaus development in Colchester

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

 

Balham gains benefits of green roof

Balham gains benefits of green roof

The TUGC boys have been working through all weathers to complete a 180 sq.m. green roof in Balham, South West London this summer.

The sedum roof is situated on a new social housing block. This will help attenuate water in an area of constant development in London.

Balham gains benefits of green roof

Substrate awaiting sedum

The green roof sits on a Bauder roof which was installed by Happe Roofing. The roof sits alongside solar panels on a new social housing apartment block.

 

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Avoid green roof remedial work

Avoid green roof remedial work

Part of our summer work has been spent carrying out green roof remedial works on 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.

Avoid green roof remedial work  Avoid green roof remedial work

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. Therefore helping 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.