Bailey Eco roof blends seamlessly with St Andrews

Bailey Eco roof blends seamlessly with St Andrews

Bailey Eco-Roof was chosen for the new warehouse and office facility at the iconic St Andrews Links in Scotland. The stunning countryside and rolling hillocks of St Andrews Links in Scotland have delighted golfers for more than 600 years. So, when the club wanted to invest in a new warehouse and office facility on the site, it was important that the building didn’t detract from this beautiful location. NORR Architects designed the £2 million Morris Building, choosing Bailey Eco-Roof for this prestigious project.

Typically, green roofing is specified for flat roofs, but NORR wished to emulate the undulating landscape the course is famous for. Never ones to shy away from a challenge, Bailey designed a detailed installation plan for a fully curved roof and eaves system, including cassette fascia soffits, which at its steepest pitch was almost vertical.

After constructing a scaled mock-up of the roof, it became clear to Bailey that the sedum would need to be secured at 460mm intervals using green roof trims. To enable the sedum to root itself and become self-securing, a nylon string was ‘zig-zagged’ between the trims to secure the vegetation mat. The blend of local sedum and vegetation was then tucked into the trims and left to flourish.

With such a steep curve to the roof, a strong system was required to make sure each panel remained flat, even with the growth of the plants. This was solved with Bailey’s Cassette Fascia Soffit System, which was wrapped around the perimeter of the roof ensuring there were no ripples or dimples.

NORR’s chief architect, Lorna Denholm, said: "“The Eco-Roof required a combination of products to deliver a complete system. The installation was complex as the roof was barrel-like in shape, but Bailey worked tirelessly to make sure everything went to plan. When completed, it was not only perfect for its aesthetic qualities, it also helped to achieve our sustainability credentials for the project.”

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