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SECC, The Hydro

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  • Location: Glasgow
  • Type: New Build, Green Roof
  • Architect: Foster & Partners
  • Contractor: Lend Lease
  • Installer: Blackdown
  • Year: 2013

The £125million SSE Hydro is a state-of-the-art entertainment and sporting venue in Glasgow. The Blackdown Intensive Green Roof system was specified by the architect as they were looking for a sustainable solution to help with the strong design features of the building’s entrance. 37,000 Lonicera Nitida ‘Maygreen’ shrubs, planted to form a thick, hardy green mat over the low level ‘skirt’ was utilised to achieve the desired effect above the entrance of the arena. The installation required that the planting system be fed on a regular basis, therefore an automatic irrigation system was installed to ensure that the planting is permanently fed and watered with minimal manpower requirements.

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