Arbroath Abbey

Green Roof

Created at: 04 Apr 2022


Arbroath Abbey Visitor Reception Building. The aim was to create a building with minimal impact on the environment, thus the construction of the new building makes use of natural materials - stone, timber, glass and a green, planted sedum roof. The roof is covered with sedum, a layer of vegetation sitting on a mineral wool blanket which supports the roots and stores water enabling the rock plants to survive during dry periods. This was chosen for aesthetic and practical reasons as the most appropriate low-impact, self-maintaining method of covering the large low-pitched roof structures. Its appearance will change with the seasons, reflecting the surrounding landscape.

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