Bee Hotel creation and installation

Bee Hotel creation and Installation

Bee hotel design, creation and Installation by the Urban Greening Company. We have now installed numerous bee hotels across London attracting pollinators back into the city. This is something we feel strongly about at TUGC and we want to see bee hotels across the whole of London. These bee hotels have consisted of various shapes and sizes to meet our clients wishes.

We have used Marine Ply as the frames and a number of infill materials such as bricks and slates with crevices for the solitary bees to work their way into. We have also used logs from prime coppice woodland and bamboo for nesting areas.

Below are just some examples of our specifically made bee hotels in the last year.

Bee Hotel creation and Installation

Bee Hotel installed in Elephant and Castle

Bee hotel ready to be installed at Battersea power station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bee Hotel creation and installation

Nine Elms development working with elite landscapes

Green Roof Maintenance

green roof maintenance

These are all examples of recent green roof maintenance carried out by the urban greening company team.

They are all perfect examples of how a green roof should look for this time of year with autumn coming to an end. However they have not always looked this good. We always recommend bi-annual maintenance visits and it is thanks to this maintenance that these roofs are looking so great.

Case Study 1

The roof below is situated at a care home in Highgate, North London. Residents look straight out onto the roof from their windows and seeing lush vegetation is something we want for them to enjoy. A couple of years ago this roof was not in the best of shape. Bi-annual green roof maintenance has seen the roof improve with each visit.

Using a bauder specialised fertiliser in the spring supplying the roof with much needed nutrients for the coming summer months and removing any weeds. This has seen the sedum flourish and we now see sedum coverage across the whole roof.

Green Roof Maintenance

early morning sun

Green Roof Maintenance

lush sedum coverage

aerial view of roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case Study 2

Another example below but this time a wildflower roof. Historically this roof could be quite patchy and not have a huge amount of  vegetation coverage. Through extensive weed removal and keeping on top of any invasive vegetation we have seen wildflowers thrive. This picture shows some white star jasmine trailing onto the roof for added aesthetics.

Green Roof Maintenance

wildflower roof

 

Case Study 3

The clients on the next roof were concerned about bare patches on their green roof in the heart of the city of London. As this was our first visit we decided to add extra sedum cuttings along with some generous amounts of substrate to act as a growing medium. Upon our return we were pleased to see this had worked. It is now a case of keeping on top of this roof with regular maintenance to keep it in top condition.

green roof maintenance

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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

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.

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 green roof area.

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Green Roof restoration project

Green Roof restoration project

Green Roof restoration project on a 45 degree pitched green roof which had failed due to structural deficiencies.

One of the toughest projects we have undertaken but very rewarding once completed.

We were originally approached to investigate the cause of the problem. Once we had carried out the investigation the task was to reinstate the green roof in accordance with manufacturer guidelines.

Sadly this was an example of a poor green roof installation by the original installers and proves why it pays to get the design and installation correct first time.

Green Roof restoration project

the team stripping the original green roof

 

sills piled up to be recycled and used again

The first stage of this green roof restoration project meant stripping the original green roof over the course of 1 week.

As many materials that could be recycled as possible were put to one side ready for when we reinstated the roof.

The recycled sills and beams were then carefully placed back onto the roof upon our return.

Green Roof restoration project

brand new fleece and recycled sills and beams

Substrate then had to be refilled into each segment of the roof and enough coverage for the sedum to take hold.

substrate being infilled

 

 

 

 

The final and most rewarding part of the job was laying the sedum down. This however was not an easy task, carefully placing each sedum roll on this 45 degree pitch.

We pinned the each sedum roll in place for extra support until the vegetation starts to take hold again.

Green Roof restoration project

pleased with the results

Green Roof restoration project

The roof looking green again

Sedum Roof for Methodist Church

Sedum Roof for Methodist Church

Sedum Roof installed at Beckenham Methodist Church, South East London. The Church is currently being renovated and this green roof was added onto an extension of the building. We finished the job in one day which consisted of many tricky cuts of drainage board and sedum.

Cutting around the numerous roof lights meant for a neat and tidy finish between small areas of vegetation and stone.

Sedum Roof for Methodist Church

step by step process of the green roof installation.

 

We used a low depth of substrate  on this roof. Due to access restrictions the drainage, fleece, substrate and sedum was carried up onto the roof by hand which wasn’t the easiest of tasks.

The roof will fit in nicely with the surroundings and will add some important green infrastructure to this area of South London.

Sedum Roof for Methodist Church

alternate angle of the roof

 

pitched green roof in Bradford on Avon

pitched green roof in Bradford on Avon

Pitched green roof installed by the TUGC team in Bradford On Avon, Somerset. A 500 sqm green roof with a 30 degree pitch on a brand new school building. Keeping everybody warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

pitched green roof in Bradford on Avon

finished pitched green roof

pitched green roof in Bradford on Avon

from a different angle

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used a Zinco Floraset 75 pitched roof system.

pitched green roof in Bradford on Avon

lush sedum neatly retained by Zinco trim

 

Green roof maintenance example

Green roof maintenance example

Green roof maintenance is often overlooked. People either think their green roof simply doesn’t need TLC or green roofs can be just be neglected.

Another common belief when a green roof is struggling is that it is simply a lost cause. Fear NOT.

At TUGC we recommend carrying out maintenance on a bi-annual basis.

Below is an example of a green roof we maintain and the difference before and after maintenance.

  • Improve and protect your asset
  • Maintain high quality vegetation
  • Keep vegetation healthy
  • Remove dry and dead thatch to reduce fire risk
  • Keep drainage channels clear
  • Maintain water attenuation to reduce flood risk
  • Improve valuable wildlife habitat areas
  • Inspect drainage outlets and other roof features such as PV panels
Green roof maintenance example

before maintenance

Green roof maintenance example

after maintenance

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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.

Bat box securely in place

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