Victoria Way Car Park
Woking Borough Council earmarked 3 key locations to create a greener and cleaner town centre using the power of nature: Victoria Square, Dukes Court and Middle Walk. Victoria Square was identified as a key location, to emphasise what can be done using natural systems, and plays an integral role in Woking’s transformation.
ANS GrufeKit (bespoke grow)
ANS Living Roof (Intensive)
Living roofs and walls
As well as the 1,700m² living wall on the façade of the multi-storey car park in Victoria Way, we designed and installed the 4,200m² of green roofs over two levels of the car park.
Intensive green roof
The first level with a green roof, level 10, involved an 800m² intensive green roof, which is a green roof that has a deeper substrate and therefore allows greater design scope and plant choice. The purpose of the green roof on level 10 was largely improving local biodiversity, and to screen the adjacent hotel windows from the car park view.
Using the GrufeKit
On the design for the 3500m² green roof on Level 11, the focus was on air quality. The GrufeKit was used here, which is characterised by a lot shallower substrate (and therefore lowered weight loading) and plant species which do not need much soil space to grow.
Succulents were used on this green roof to assist with air purification, and a blue roof in order to minimise stormwater runoff, mitigating the build-up of water in the drains and therefore reducing the risk of flooding.
To create the requested basket weave pattern, we grew sedum bespoke for the project, so instead of having 10-12 varieties of sedum per module (which is our standard), we reduced it to 2-3 varieties. This meant consistency and allowed us to create a clear pattern on the roof. Sedum plants which have flowers of pink or red formed one weave, whilst sedum species with white and yellow flowers formed the other.