Hall Farm, Hathersage
KEEPING OUR PLEASANT LAND GREEN
Nestled in the heart of Derbyshire’s spectacular Peak District, an old farm complex was given a new lease of life when it was converted into a start-up business centre.
Despite the commercial nature of the project, the refurbishment of Hall Farm on the main road through Hathersage had to comply with strict regulations intended to preserve the national park’s unique character, which included the specification of appropriate roofing materials.
Martin-Brooks was called upon by Sheffield-based developers, Graham Stuart Construction, to source salvaged Welsh slate and stone slate to use on the pitched roofs. The buildings also incorporated flat roofed areas, which we clad in built up felt to protect them against the weather.
To ensure the refurbished buildings complemented the neighbouring countryside, an extensive green roof was installed above the felt. A deck or other structure is constructed, onto which vegetation or habitats for wildlife are grown. In this case, we used mixed sedum to provide year-round colour.
Extensive green roofs not only help a building blend into its surroundings, but also provide environmental and life cycle cost benefits for the owner. The lightweight, low maintenance roof system installed at Hall Farm was planted with succulents that matched the colours in the landscape perfectly and when established will give a meadow-like appearance.
Materials: Salvaged Welsh stone and stone slate, Extensive green roof and Flat roof weatherproofing system
Client: Graham Stuart Construction