The birds and the bees... and so much more!
Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Environment
Laying the sedum roof at Sanctuary's Arbourthorne development
Leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group promised greener, sustainable housing as it built new homes in Sheffield – and the recently installed ‘green’ roofs on bungalows at the site in Arbourthorne are delivering just that.
The £6.5 million development in Errington Road includes 52 apartments for over 55s and four energy efficient bungalows for people with mobility difficulties, all due for completion next year.
The new homes are progressing well, and the bungalows now have their ‘green’ roofs – where the slope of the roof has been planted with a low growing, hardy alpine sedum flower mix.
Such ‘green’ roof systems have many environmental benefits. They help create energy efficiencies, insulating properties to make them warmer in winter and cooler in the summer. They are more absorbent than a conventional roof, and so the run-off of rain water is slower, helping avoid flash flooding or allowing the water to be re-used. They can also help filter pollutants and improve air quality.
These roofs also encourage birds and other wildlife, including butterflies and bees, and look attractive, with colours changing with the seasons. They are also designed to be low maintenance and can last longer than traditional tiled roofs.
Helen Wright, Sanctuary’s head of development for the North, said: “These sedum-planted roofs have only been in situ a few weeks but they are already looking good. More importantly, they are low maintenance and will help make these four bungalows energy efficient for years to come.”
Sanctuary’s South Yorkshire based contractor Keepmoat planted the roofs with a mixed variety sedum which was grown in Weston, near Otley in Yorkshire, and supplied by Green Roofs Naturally.
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Notes to editors:
Established in 1969, Sanctuary Group is responsible for the provision of social housing, care and management services across England and Scotland. It owns or operates over 94,000 units of accommodation and employs around 10,000 people.
The Group operates under a not for profit umbrella, with surpluses reinvested into the provision of affordable housing, the maintenance of existing properties, and the development of new services for customers.
Sanctuary is an Industrial and Provident Society, an exempt charity under the Charities Act 1993 and is regulated by the Homes and Communities Agency.
For more information, please contact Julie Wedgbury, PR officer - development, on 01905 334693 or Sophia Wolsey, PR & Events Coordinator, on 01905 335318.
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