MOHO Housing, Manchester - Green Roof



The MOHO housing concept, developed by city living specialists Urban Splash, was the UK’s first private housing scheme where all 102 apartments were constructed in a factory before being craned onto a six-storey steel frame and fitted together on site.

The Manchester scheme features a raised garden in a central courtyard, with lawns, mature trees, plants and pathways all set over a two-storey underground car park and storage area.


IMA contractor Helix Roofing Ltd had to install an Icopal waterproof green roof package robust enough to accommodate a 45o slope, as the garden was designed as both an outlook for the apartment balconies and an alternative access for residents. 


Project: MOHO Housing Scheme, Castlefield, Manchester
Area: 300m2
Completion Date: June 2005
IMA Contractor: Helix Roofing Ltd, Bootle
Client: Urban Splash
Architects: ShedKM, Liverpool
System: Icopal Rootbar System, extensive sedum roof, Icopal SureWeld TPO single ply roofing to upper roof areas

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The green roof system also had to incorporate a resin bound aggregate wearing surface to a pedestrian courtyard area which featured flush-fitting rooflights and a number of different planting and drainage elements, and which included wheelchair ramps and an internal two-metre deep tree pit.


Helix Roofing installed BMI UK & Ireland’s heavy duty elastomeric bituminous membrane system, with built-in root inhibitors, to provide a robust roofing solution, particularly in the tree pit.

The roof design was particularly complex, comprising a number of different materials and junctions, and so required ongoing cooperation and consultation between Helix Roofing, Icopal, the architect, and Urban Splash.

Helix Roofing also applied BMI UK & Ireland’s Total Torch and Rootbar systems where high quality waterproofing was required, such as in the tree pit, planting troughs, sedum areas (including those around the entrance and circular stairwell), ramps, and detailing to a rear ventilation wall. In addition, as part of the green roof, Helix Roofing installed drainage boards and filter layers, a lightweight soil mix, and extensive sedum substrate and sedum planting.

The project was named ‘best in show’ at the prestigious Flat Roofing Alliance (FRA) 2006 RBM Awards.








































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