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Glasgow Hospital

Brookfield Multiplex have constructed the new 1109 bedded Adult Hospital and a 256 bedded Children’s Hospital which together will be the largest single NHS hospital build project in Scotland. Every patient in the general wards will have their own single room with an en-suite and views out across the campus and for some across Glasgow and to the hills beyond; no bedroom will overlook another. Each room will have views over the biodiverse sedum and wild flower roofs or the Intensive landscaped play area accessible from the Children’s hospital.

Formed over ten areas, the extensive wild flower and sedum roof is the largest of its kind in Scotland.  Over 1,111 ton of specialist substrate has been spread over a 25mm drainage board to retain moisture.  A mixture of 40,000 sedum plugs, sedum cuttings and wildflower seed has been sown over the 6000 square meters of rooftop. For the sick children a specialist podium rooftop has been created with softplay surfaces, sun shade canopies, play equipment and benches. Large wooden planters have been constructed and filled using a special intensive substrate mix and planted with a colourful mix of shrubs.

At its peak the site had 13 tower cranes servicing the construction site, even with this, not all areas could be accessed and so a 1.5 ton excavator and power barrow were brought to site to move materials to the required areas. All plants, logs and rocks were transported internally through the building and up in the lifts. 

Frosts Landscapes’ site team created a bug hotel constructed from wood and materials found on site to encourage insects and mason bees to create habitats that would once be found on the footprint of the new hospital.  This will also encourage other vital creatures and invertebrates to the area, vital for the success of the plant species.

Project details

Brookfield Multiplex
July 2013 – May 2014
Main Contractor
Prater Ltd
Landscape Architect
Gillespies LLP