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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.

Green roof brings benefits to Balham

Sedum roof on social housing in Balham

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

The sedum roof ontop of a new social housing block in Balham will help attenuate water in an area of constant development in London.

Substrate awaiting sedum

Substrate awaiting sedum


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



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!

Green Roof improves water attenuation scheme at Middlewood Locks

Completed greenroof at Middlewood Locks, Manchester

A 200 sq.m. green roof has added to the extensive water attenuation scheme at a new apartment development in Salford, Manchester.

Aquaten under substrate

Aquaten under substrate

The sedum roof enhances the detailed landscaping being installed. Both elements include Aquaten fleece which will help to retain an extra 800 litres of water from run-off whilst also making it available for plants, which will be a key feature during the long hot dry spell we have experienced during the last few months.

Laying sedum

Laying sedum

IPS Group carried out the detailed deck waterproofing over the summer.

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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.


Re-greening Radisson Blu, Heathrow

This Re-greening Radisson Blu project involved the greening of an existing bitumen rooftop overlooked by hotel rooms, creating a beautiful green outlook for clients whilst also helping to attenuate water in an area with little remaining green space.

 Re-greening Radisson Blu at Heathrow project

Access to the roof was through a busy working hotel which could have been an issue were it not for the highly portable shape of the specially-designed M-Trays®. They are easily transported to site by pallet and can then be stacked neatly onto a parcel trolley. Each M-Tray® unit is self-contained and needs no additional aggregate which means zero disruption, zero mess.

Re-greening Radisson Blu Hotel, Heathrow

The M-Trays® were taken up onto the roof itself using a mini genie lift and slotted into position in a matter of hours. They were then dressed around the edges with gravel.

Re-greening Raisson Blu at Heathrow

Radisson Blu Hotel, Heathrow green roof