The 14 innovative landscape roofs provide a living laboratory where the sustainability of new ideas in landscape and architecture are tested and innovations developed. The 14 different landscape roofs, (equivalent in size to 12 tennis courts), include environments and ‘climates’ for teaching, learning and research. They include: a wetland, climate controlled greenhouses, an apiary of bees, a vegetable grid for research into food cultivation, arid planting and herbaceous landscapes.
The landscape roofs have been awarded a BREEAM Innovation credit for their teaching, learning and research innovation with 14 various landscapes in one location. Together they form the UK’s leading teaching, learning and research innovated roof top landscapes. They are among the largest multi-functional landscape roofs anywhere in the world. The roofs include outdoor classrooms as well as areas for testing plants, soil types and irrigation regimes.
The Stockwell Street landscape roofs foster research in urban farming, biofuels, innovative façade materials and water management as well as the study of living walls and green roofs. Staff and students cultivate vegetables, fruit trees and soft fruit bushes as well as many other plant types in an array of outdoor planting areas and in the especially designed, climatically controlled greenhouse. With two large water features, the roofs have also been designed to benefit local wildlife and biodiversity. The bee hives produce local Greenwich honey on one of the roofs. The roof is also home to an innovative research Algaeponics Unit; algaeponics being the ground-breaking process by which sunlight and carbon dioxide interact with methane emitted from algae to create zero-carbon fuel. The Greenwich algaeponics unit is the first permanent algaeponics installation in the UK and one of only a handful across the world. The Algae is used as fertilizer to feed the landscape roofs.