A joint brown roof project between Baker Shepherd Gillespie (BSG) and LDA Design, at the Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich, has recently won the Biodiversity Award at the Sustain Magazine Awards 2010.
The winning project involved designing and constructing a brown roof at the former site of the Royal Arsenal, an area being redeveloped by Berkeley Homes (Urban Renaissance), in south-east London. BSG worked closely with project engineers and architects to ensure the design of the brown roof maximised potential biodiversity benefits.
We have been undertaking monitoring of the brown roof to investigate invertebrate colonisation as part of our biodiversity research programme and have already recorded two nationally scarce species.
Dr Peter Shepherd, a Partner in BSG said: “This is a significant brown roof that has provided a great opportunity for monitoring how these features are colonised by plants and animals. The monitoring was made possible by the support and assistance of Berkeley Homes (Urban Renaissance) Ltd for which we are very grateful.”
The judges commented: “Not only has the Winner designed and implemented a scheme of ecological integrity, they are also monitoring to assess impacts.”
London currently has circa 18,000 square metres of brown roofs. The Royal Arsenal Riverside winning entry has made a significant addition to this and its size, over 5,000 square metres, makes it one of the largest in the Capital.
The biodiversity award is given in recognition of schemes that can demonstrate conservation benefits, impact mitigation and biodiversity enhancement.