Icopal Green Roofing Systems

Case Studies - Green Roofing

Increasingly popular across the UK, green roofs are a welcome addition to the urban and rural landscape, enhancing a buildings appearance, contributing to local biodiversity, and delivering a sustainable roofing solution. Green roofs create natural habitats for a wide range of plants and animals, whilst also improving air quality by absorbing atmospheric carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.

They also reduce storm water run off, contributing towards sustainable drainage systems and can improve overall building performance by protecting roof surfaces from the extremes of weather, and by keeping building interiors cool during summer, thereby reducing the need for air conditioning. 

There are two main categories of green roof; Intensive and Extensive.
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  • Intensive Green Roofs

    Intensive systems are designed to be used as recreational spaces and often involve many features similar to traditional ground level gardens, which can include paving, water features, lawns, shrubs and trees.

    These intensive 'roof gardens' are soil based multi layered systems and are so called because they are labour-intensive; requiring higher levels of irrigation, feeding, and other maintenance compared to their extensive counterparts.

    Culloden Visitor Centre, Scotland - Single Ply Green Roof

    culloden-150Background With the existing Culloden Visitor Centre, built in the 1970s, struggling to cope with visitor numbers, owners National Trust for Scotland commissioned a scheme that would transform the site into a £9 million, state of the art, sustainable Centre, museum...

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    Lakeside Marina, Doncaster

    ICS1025-Lakeside-Marina-Doncaster_110X80The lakeside development in Doncaster consists of a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments set around a lakes and marina. Built by Totty Construction for Persimmon Homes, the development has a garden courtyard to the rear and provides leisure space with planting and hard landscaping at ground level with a carpark beneath for residents...

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  • Extensive Green Roofs

    Extensive green roof systems are generally intended to be viewed from another location as a decorative/ecological feature. They are not normally used as a recreational space to be walked through or sat in, and often have limited access for maintenance only.

    Due to the shallower substrate depths of extensive systems, the plant choices are more restricted to drought tolerant species such as sedums, grasses, wildflowers and mosses.

    Antrim Area Hospital, Co Antrim, N. Ireland

    Antrim Area Hospital has undergone the construction of a new £12.4 M Accident and Emergency department. The modern facilities will be well-equipped to provide secure, safe, high quality services to patients, and is due to be opened in early Summer 2013. The roof areas were quite restricted in terms of access due to the construction work above and scaffolding had to be systematically removed and rebuilt as the project progressed...

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    Tottenham Hotspurs FC Training Ground

    ICS1035-Tottenham-Hotspur-FC-Training-Ground-Enfield_110x80Tottenham Hotspurs football club are moving from their old training ground in Chigwell, to a state of the art new complex in Enfield. The training centre covering 67 acres will comprise eleven football pitches and the 2-storey building. The project is built on green-belt land just south of the M25, and so limiting its environmental/ecological impact was critical...

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    44-46 Borough Road, Southwark

    ICS1036-44-46-Borough-Road-Southwark_110x80The building occupies a corner plot of Southwark Bridge Road and Borough Road near to South Bank University, in the London Borough of Southwark. Icopal’s high performance Rootbar system was specified along with Icopal’s extensive sedum green roof system, which provides a landscaping surround to the timber decking terrace area...

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    Nant Gwrtheyrn Welsh Language Centre

    Welsh-Language-Centre-150The Nant Gwrtheyrn Welsh Language Centre is located on the north coast of the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales, on the site of a former quarrying village. After the nearby quarries closed in 1939, many local buildings fell into disrepair but in 1978 a group...

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    Canon Burrows Primary School, Tameside

    Canon-burrows-150Canon Burrows Church of England Primary School, in Ashton-under-Lyne, has a strong focus on sustainability and on reducing its carbon footprint, and was the first primary school in the UK to win the coveted ECO Green Flag award. During a major rebuilding...

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    Horbury School

    Horbury-School-150Designed by NPS North East property consultants, and built by Miller Construction, Horbury School is a steel-frame building with metal stud and plasterboard internal walls, and with heavyweight concrete roofs and floors to help reduce overheating. The...

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    Westport Lake Visitor Centre

    Westport-Lake-Visitor-Centre-150Westport Lake, situated just north of Stoke-on-Trent, is the largest body of water in the area, home to a large variety of water birds and an important site for migrating birds during winter. As part of a series of improvements, a new Visitor...

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    Cley Marshes Visitor Centre

    cley-marshes-150Set in 400 acres on the north Norfolk coast, the new Cley Marshes Visitor Centre, built for the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, had to be innovative and exciting, but also demonstrate sustainable construction and a very low carbon footprint. The green...

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    MOHO Housing, Manchester

    moho-150The MOHO housing concept, developed by city living specialists Urban Splash, was the UK’s first private housing scheme where all 102 apartments were constructed in a factory before being craned onto a six-storey steel frame and fitted together on site. ...

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  • Biodiverse Green Roofs

    Biodiverse roofs are intended to generally provide a habitat to create a wider diversity of flora and fauna compared to a traditional sedum green roof. They are often designed to either recreate or even improve the habitat that was lost when the building was erected. These types of roofs can be constructed to provide the right conditions for specific plants which in turn support other insect and bird species. Often wildflowers, grasses and sedums are the main species of vegetation designed to thrive within such systems.

    The planting can be managed more heavily to produce a controlled environment. Alternatively, less management input may lead to the development of vegetation which progresses naturally relating to the prevailing conditions and changes naturally over the years.

    Bentinck St, Marylebone, London

    ICS1076-Bentinck-Street-Marylebone-150x109Icopal green roofing and living walls have been installed to support a BREEAM Excellent rating creating a pleasant outdoor space for occupants at a premium mixed use development in the heart of London...

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