Express Dairy goes Green

Front Lawns

Residential Lawn Areas

On the Old Express Dairy Site in Orchard Road, Richmond something pretty special is being built. The vision of developers Exel Construction and the Richmond Housing Partnership, a social housing project of 6 houses and 25 flats with a difference is being created. Built on a raised level so that a medical centre and pharmacy can be built beneath it, it has been designed so that residents looking out of their windows will feel like they are in a normal ground floor construction and Evergreens UK was asked to install two large communal play areas and artificial green roof lawn systems to ensure everyone got a view of lush, green grass.

Our LazyLawn grass was created to have the look and feel of real grass without any of the upkeep necessary with an actual lawn – no mowing, no watering, no weeding, no re-seeding required. Created with heavy footfall in mind, it is also hard wearing and designed to spring back into shape even after the most rigorous game of football. This was, of course, the ideal product for what this site needed.

We did a full survey of the area first to make sure we had a complete understanding of the requirements and this meant that we were able to pre-cut the LazyLawn rolls to size at our factory. Our state of the art cutting tables made short work of the job keeping us well within schedule and keeping our wastage down to a minimum. This also meant that the 680 sq m2 of LazyLawn that needed to be craned up to the podium level were in easy to handle, manageable sections.

In total, six rear residential lawns were installed to the houses on the podium level, as well as the two large communal play areas. Brookes Architects – who designed the whole theme of the housing scheme – specified that Evergreens UK LazyLawns flat roof system be implemented, not only because it includes already tried and tested specialist drainage systems that stop the artificial lawns from getting water logged and any water pooling were it shouldn’t, but also because we have spent 30 years in the playground surfaces industry, pioneering new products (like our specially design shock pads for the play areas) and installation methods and pushing the boundaries of what can be done with artificial grass.

It took 4 of our highly skilled LazyLawn installers only 8 days to turn the site green, completing the project on time and to budget!