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Bus stop green roofs provide a route to sustainable ambitions

by Matt Downs

Bridgman & Bridgman has installed green roofs on 15 bus stop shelters in Milton Keynes, “providing a habitat for many small pollinating creatures, and improving biodiversity.”

Working with living roof designer Dusty Gedge of the Green Infrastructure Consultancy, Bridgman & Bridgman has installed what is described as “a pioneering new green roof system” to 15 bus stop shelters for Milton Keynes Council. 

Considered to be carbon negative, it is said to be the first time this approach has been undertaken on such a scale anywhere in the world.  

The size of the shelters in Milton Keynes range between 8-16m2. Each of the 8m2 bus stop shelter green roofs is constructed from 312kg of recycled waste plastic – the equivalent of 18,720 carrier bags – and delivers 480kg of direct CO2 emissions savings via the use of end-of-life recycled plastics. 

In total, the companies involved say construction of the new green roof bus stop shelters has recycled over 5 tonnes of waste plastic – the equivalent of 332,280 carrier bags – and delivered over 8 tonnes of direct CO2 emissions savings. 

The first green roof on a bus shelter in Milton Keynes was installed by Bridgman & Bridgman in 2016 as part of a Britain in Bloom initiative. Since then, cities around the world have been greening bus stop shelters, including 316 shelters in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The city of Hamburg, Germany, has committed to 4,200 greened shelters, sometimes referred to as Bug or Bee Stops. UK green roof bus shelter locations include Manchester, Newcastle, Leicester and Brighton. 

Milton Keynes Council has also worked with contractor Axiom to green a further fifteen bus shelter roofs using a modular green roof system. 

Cllr Jenny Wilson-Marklew, Cabinet Member for Climate and Sustainability at MK Council, said: “As well as providing a habitat for many small pollinating creatures, and improving biodiversity, the green roofs will be a great signal for MK’s green and sustainable ambitions.”

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