Bridgman and Bridgman wins two awards for green roof construction

Green roof specialist Bridgman and Bridgman has won two awards in one week.

The 'Green Chapel' won People's Choice in the Green Roof Beauty Contest
The 'Green Chapel' won People's Choice in the Green Roof Beauty Contest

The Wolverton, Milton Keynes-based family firm picked up the Best Practice in Building and Construction award at the Green Apple Environmental Awards on Friday and was also voted People’s Choice in the Green Roof Beauty Contest on Wednesday, beating green roofs from across Europe.

The Green Apple Awards are awarded to organisations that have made a positive impact on the environment or are improving sustainability, and were presented in the House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, London.

Bridgman and Bridgman co-founder Chris Bridgman said: "We’re really pleased to win, it shows are committed to environmental awareness."

The Green Roof Beauty Contest is run by CEEweb for Biodiversity, a network of non-governmental organizations in the Central and Eastern European region which lobby for the conservation of biodiversity through the promotion of sustainable development.

Bridgman and Bridgman won the People’s Choice award for the green roof of a pop-up cinema it sponsored and constructed for the biannual international IF:MK 2016 festival.

The cinema, a shed with stained-glass windows and a 50 square metre wildflower roof which cost the company £8,000, was called Green Chapel because it showed a video of a dance from the previous festival performed in Milton Keynes’ Cathedral of Trees. It was in Queens Court at shopping mall, Centre:MK, for the duration of the two-week festival before being donated to the Urban Farm in Wolverton to be used as a teaching room. 

"We constructed the shed with local artist, put a green roof on it and sponsored it for the festival so people could go inside and watch the film," Bridgman said.

"We used re-claimed locally sourced timber and the wildflower blanket pre-grown using a shade tolerant mix of 41 wildflower seed varieties laid on an 80mm depth of substrate and SSV 800 drainage matting." 

The blanket had to be grown for a year so that it was mature enough for the effect, It came from Optigreen in Holland and needed a whole bed of an arctic lorry for transportation.

Bridgman added: "My wife was in the original dance piece, it was quite fitting, we do a lot within the community. This was a good way of giving something back and promoting the business.

Last week the company also featured on BBC 1's DIY SOS after it volunteered to re-build a gold medal- winning Chelsea Flower Show Garden at Great Ormond Street Hospital on a rooftop.

It also recently fitted what it believes to be the UK’s first removable green roof, on a pumping station.

This week it is also installing a green roof on a flat-pack house from Germany, which is being assembled in Hampstead, north London. Bridgman said the process is so quick it takes less time than putting the green roof on it.


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