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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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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Re-greening by congested A4 in London

Re-greening by congested A4 in 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. 

Re-greening by congested A4 in London

finished re-greening on the garage roof

The 25 sq.m of sedum roof, added to a 30 sq.m. installation earlier in the year. They will help improve the water attenuation within 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. Underlining the benefit of independent, professional waterproofers working with like-minded professional green roofers.  

 

Re-greening by congested A4 in London

another angle of the completed green roof

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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).

 

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.

Happy clients Equals More Work for Roofers 

Happy clients = more profit for roofers 
The late spring sunshine has seen a surge in green roof enquiries and a demand for quick turn round installations resulting in happy clients. The Urban Greening Company have been able to deliver in order to keep our growing list of waterproofing customers and their clients happy.
Happy clients = more profit for roofers 

Barons Court redevelopment greenroof

 

                        Happy clients = more profit for roofers 

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. 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. 

Happy clients = more profit for roofers 

Clean roof with edge installed

Happy clients = more profit for roofers 

The greenroof helps finish off the refurb

The next phase is to be completed in the near future.

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.

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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.”