Peel commits to TraffordCity’s first green roof

L-R Paul Seddon from Kids Allowed, Paul Chappels from Peel, Jennie Johnson MBE, James Whittaker from Peel. Picture Matthew Nichol Photography

Peel Land and Property has broken ground on a £1.5m purpose-built nursery which will be TraffordCity’s first child care facility and one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in its portfolio to date.

The contemporary building, which will be developed by the company for nursery group Kids Allowed.

Peel says it will be a flagship development for its green credentials, featuring the first Sedum mat green roof in TraffordCity as well as within its own portfolio.

The environmentally friendly Sedum mat green roof works by retaining and purifying rainwater which naturally reduces the amount of water flowing into the drain, therefore cutting the quantity of contaminates filtering into the drainage system.

It also brings insulation and noise reduction benefits as well as an ever changing attractive green view for employees in the neighbouring Venus building to enjoy.

Peel has commissioned students under the lead of Dr Anna Gilchrist from The University of Manchester’s school of environment, education and development to develop methods for monitoring and measuring the ecological benefits of the green roof.

Peel Land and Property’s sustainability manager Jo Holden said: “It’s fantastic that we’re able to showcase our first green roof at such a high-profile location and we’re delighted to have the University on board with such a crucial study.

“The university’s findings will help us to shape our sustainable developments for the future and by joining the UK Green Building Council, it further demonstrates our commitment to a cleaner, greener city region.”

Jennie Johnson, founder and chief executive of Kids Allowed, said: “We’re really excited that Peel has committed to the green roof concept for our eighth nursery in Greater Manchester. As well as being a beautiful and unique feature, it will reduce the running costs of our nursery and, of course, benefit the environment. We’re looking forward to seeing the development take shape.”

The nursery is due to open in September.