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Blackdown Greenroofs

Blackdown Greenroofs provide unique space at Greenwich University

A Blackdown Greenroofs landscaping solution provides one of the main features at the new School of Architecture and Construction at The University of Greenwich. Officially opened in December 2014, the £78m new-build development is based in Stockwell Street within Maritime Greenwich on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The project also included a new library, and…
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Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) on Welsh new developments are now mandatory

New legislation from the Welsh government, which came into effect on 7 January 2019, stipulates that all new developments of more than one dwelling or where the construction area is 100m2 or more should have Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) in place. From this date onwards, SuDS on a new development must be designed and built…
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Substrate vs Substrate Free

Extensive Roof Planting. Substrate and Substrate Free Based Options. Extensive type planting should be characterised by the following: Sustainable. Components should have minimal impact on the environment. Once installed the planted element should provide significant environmental benefit particularly with regards mediation of storm water runoff and improvement in building performance. Biodiverse. The roof covering should…
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The new urban jungle: a re-introduction to Blackdown Greenroofs

How often do you look up, beyond the ground floor office lobbies, shopfronts, or restaurants that line the high street? There is an entire other world that exists above us, away from the buzz and bustle of the busy city; a new kind of urban jungle is being cultivated on our rooftops. Across the world,…
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Blackdown Greenroofs Herbaceous Perennial

Substrate Installation

The choice of lifting substrate up to the roof level and subsequent dispersion of it across the roof has significant budgetary and scheduling implications. Blackdown assesses each project’s specific conditions (i.e. roof area, slope, structure, access, plant equipment availability etc) to determine the most time- and cost-efficient installation method, selecting from: Bags: 1.25 m3 bulk…
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Blackdown Greenroofs Sedum Acre

Plant Installation

The choice of vegetation is a function of cost, time and the requirement for instant greening. The plant layer can be installed using the following methods: NatureMat: A high quality carpet of sedum species is grown to maturity in our fields. Rolled out directly on to the substrate, NatureMat provides an instant green roof with…
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Blackdown Greenroofs Dianthus Deltoides Red

General Design Issues

Structural design criteria: Wind: The green roof build‐up must have sufficient weight to resist uplift due to wind. Erosion control measures may be required to protect the main roof area, however at the building’s perimeters where the highest loads occur, ballasting aggregates or paving slabs are installed. Dead loads: The saturated weight of the green…
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Blackdown Greenroofs Kew Bridge

Kew Bridge Phase 2, West London Provided with a Mixture of Alumasc Green and Blue Roof Solutions

The latest St James project, Kew Bridge is a celebration of all that makes riverside living rewarding. Close to the heart of fashionable, historic Kew, it combines an idyllic location with stunning architecture and a wealth of facilities. The use of the Alumasc Blue Roof Stormwater Management Systems within the two soft and hard landscaped…
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Blackdown Greenroofs The Hydro (SNA), Glasgow

The SSE Hydro’s Green Roof Challenges are Solved by Blackdown Greenroofs

Blackdown Greenroofs, part of Alumasc Exterior Building Products has boosted the green credentials and provided an attractive feature, at Glasgow’s newest landmark venue. The SSE Hydro is a £125million entertainment and sporting venue, which, since its opening in late 2013, has already achieved “Most stylish Entertainment Venue” at the 2013 Scottish Style Awards and the…
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Blackdown Greenroofs green roof at Chester Bus Station

Alumasc’s Blackdown Green Roof System Provides Chester Bus Station with the Required Eco-Friendly Solution

Blackdown are proud to have completed the green roof at the Chester Bus Interchange site which is a £10 million ‘key enabling’ project and part of the wider £300m Chester Northgate Redevelopment. The bus interchange is capable of handling 156 bus movements per hour & is due to open early in 2017. Blackdown worked alongside…
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