Kanes Foods near Evesham embarked on an ambitious investment programme which included the construction of a new salad factory topped with a 6,000m2 wildflower green roof. With its location in rural Worcestershire the new building was required to have minimal impact and blend seamlessly into the contours of the surrounding Cotswold Hills. The curved roof was a standing seam Euroclad design which required a tweak to our normal layered system.
The project was not only an innovation in salad production facilities but also the first use of our new wildflower blanket, a product that was launched towards the end of 2010.
The provenance and mix of species has been prepared in consultation with leading ecologists who are members of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and Chartered Environmentalists. The blanket supports a species assemblage that can be tailored to meet project requirements and ensure that BREEAM ECO ratings are maximised, Biodiversity Action Plan species are supported and that there is an overall gain in biodiversity, in accordance with Planning Policy Statement 9.
And the following is a great link to see a video of the roof, produced by the BBC
It was this green roof that won Sky Garden the NFRC Sustainable Roof award in 2013, and is the roof that features on the front of issue 17 of the Roof Overview Magazine