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Sharrow School, Sheffield


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Sharrow School, close to the city centre, features one of the most ambitious green roof projects in the country. Sharrow is on a sloping hill and the new primary school (as of 2009) was designed to be on several levels, and therefore several roof layers, which double up as outdoor learning spaces and green roofs. The 2000sq metres of multi-level roofs contain a number of habitats, from Peak District limestone grassland, wildflower meadows, urban brownfield sites to a wetland area with a small pond. The roofs have been the first in the country to be granted local nature reserve status.

Dalston Roof Park

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One of north London’s more recent hipsters quarters, Dalston, mixes a fair share of bubbling creative activities with serious social challenges. Dalston Roof Park  has been set up for three years in Ashton Street,  (possibly twinned with Lewes’s former Socialist Republic of Leicester Road) as a social enterprise atop a mixed-use workspace building to be used for all sorts of social and community activities, from open-air movies in bed (I kid you not!) community bake offs, local company’s product launches, and music and party type activities.5 Dalston Roof Park 2 garden

The Muse – Bere Architects

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The Muse has been until recently the work studio for Bere Architects, and remains home to its founder, Justin Bere. While Bere, the architect, and Bere the practice have become known as leading advocates of the Passivhaus approach to zero energy design, the building they work from has also been featured as one of the most attractive and photogenic roof garden projects in London, earning features in the National Geographic. Bere, (in the architectural mode) has created a fantastic roof garden within a very tight urban space round the back of Islington Square.4 Bere Green roof 1