‘Living Roof’ Goes Up At Porthcressa

One of the most distinctive elements of the Porthcressa regeneration scheme has been put into place.

A sedum roof was laid yesterday on the amenity building by experts from a company called Skygardens. The building is the replacement for the demolished Schiller shelter.

Architects chose the living roof material instead of traditional roofing for its greener credentials.

Diana Mompoloki, who is overseeing the project for the Council, says sedum will provide good insulation and reduce run-off rainwater. Water that’s collected will be harvested and reused in the toilets.

Tresco Estate gardeners advised on which type of sedum was most salt resistant and suitable for use in Scilly. Diana says there’ll be a pink hue to the roof and it should change colour during the year.

It will require little maintenance, as sedum is very slow and low growing, and will also be used on the roof of the new registry office, next to the library.


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