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Andy07
Bosses of an acclaimed new government building with a grass roof were shocked to find it will cost ?5,000 to have it cut.

The ?13million Scottish Natural Heritage HQ, praised for its eco-friendly credentials, includes a roof garden.

But health and safety regulations mean scaffolding and other safety measures must be installed when people are working above ground.

It's believed one scaffolding firm tendered an estimate in the region of ?5000.

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whitebread

Well, if it needs to be done.....

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Fred Derf

You aren't expected to cut the grass every two weeks like you would with your front lawn.

It should be designed as a low-maintenance area that would rarely ever need attention.

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Brian M.

I hear robot lawnmovers are good nowadays

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theyarecomingforyou
It should be designed as a low-maintenance area that would rarely ever need attention.

Yes, but you can't expect organisations to actually plan ahead! No, they have to jump in head first with catchy ideas before actually working out the practicalities. How pathetic but then I don't seem to hear anything but bad news coming from Scotland recently... it's getting worrying. :wacko:

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Wheres the roof garden?

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theyarecomingforyou
Wheres the roof garden?

On the roof, perchance? It's a nice picture but it doesn't show the roof, making it worthless.

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Echilon

Couldn't they have planted slow growing grass or used astro-turf?

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theyarecomingforyou
Couldn't they have planted slow growing grass or used astro-turf?

Or built it into a hill so that it was a gradual slope... or put a few goats on the roof? Honestly, I can't believe that such serious oversights can get through the planning/design process.

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Fred Derf

Couldn't they have planted slow growing grass or used astro-turf?

The idea is that live material provides natural insulation and thus reduces heating/cooling costs. Astro-turf therefore, is not an ecologic option and thus defeats the purpose. It is somewhat popular in British Columbia.

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