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Frosts Landscape Construction - Commercial landscaping specialists

In times of financial hardship, this type of investment could be seen as a little frivolous, but a green roof/living wall has significant benefits not just to the building itself, but also for the surrounding area and those who live and work there. Preparing our towns and cities for future generations is part of Frosts philosophy – we need to start reducing heat and energy wastage and making concerted efforts to improve air quality.

The Team

Our award winning team of skilled technicians, and years of practical and technical experience allows us to install and design innovative schemes and ensures everything we do is at the cutting edge of industry thinking.

Our schemes are designed with ecology in mind, and promote the use of native plants.  As a well established family business with over 60 years of horticultural experience, and over 35 years of carrying out major hard and soft landscaping projects, our clients have the satisfaction their scheme will be designed to the highest standard, meet their requirements and usually exceed their expectations.

Frosts is a company that can demonstrate it can sensibly take on major projects, adapt, and through continual development and management training ensure the workforce is capable of handling such works and complies with all health and safety regulations.

The Frosts team who laid 17,800m2 of turf (4 1/2 full sized football pitches) at the Peacehaven green roof project.

What are the Benefits of a Green Roof/Living Wall?

Besides the Bio-Performance benefits, installing a Green Roof or a Living Wall is a balancing act between the three main components (social, natural and economic). Frosts try to get the right balance between the planting scheme and incorporating bee walls, insect hotels etc., involving local communities, reducing the amount of natural resources used, while providing the most economically viable solution.

  • Adding to Biodiversity – a good urban ecosystem can be established through good bio design using the appropriate plants, bulbs and wildflower plants/seeds, which have the greatest benefit to the environment being attractive to wild life, insects and invertebrates.
  • Providing amenity space. Besides being aesthetically pleasing, roof gardens and rooftop parks provide important green spaces to improve the quality of life for urban residents.

Mint Hotel - Bee wall donated by Frosts Landscapes

  • Extending the life of a roof (protects waterproofing from the elements/weather).
  • Reducing Urban Heat Island Effect. There can be a difference of nine degrees between Central London to the outer greenbelt areas.
  • Reduction of flash floods (store and attenuate rainfall). In the summer a green roof can retain between 70-80% of rainfall runoff.  Water is stored in the plants within the substrate and reservoir layers.
  • Air Quality – airborne particles and pollutants are filtered from the atmosphere by the substrates and vegetation.
  • Sound Insulation – the combination of soil, plants and trapped layers of air within the growing systems can act as a sound insulation barrier. Sound waves are absorbed, reflected or deflected. The growing medium tends to block lower sound frequencies whilst the plants block higher frequencies.
  • Thermal Performance – green roofs/living walls cannot be given a U-value at present. However they have been shown to significantly reduce the need for air conditioning in summer and can provide a degree of insulation in winter, thus helping to reduce the building’s energy costs.
  • Reducing CO2 emissions & producing oxygen through photosynthesis.

 

Carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced through the cooling effect of evapotranspiration as opposed to conventional roofing surfaces.