To coincide with World Green Roof Day (6th June) Socius are delighted to announce our intention to create two new green rooftops at MK Gateway. Working in collaboration with Bridgman & Bridgman we will engage with the local MK community in the propagation of native plants and see the formation of one of the UK's highest bio-solar roofs. The creation of this roof will lower Co2 emissions, capture carbon and reduce the surrounding air temperature.
The plans follow our success of the 'live lab' green rooftop 'meanwhile project' which was created on the rooftop of Saxon Court to showcase the benefit of green roofs. During this project, over 300 people visited the site, which formed part of Milton Keynes Council’s Green Business Recovery Fund, and three YMCA residents were awarded certifications in the installation and maintenance of green roofs as a result of the training they received during that period. Creating an ongoing legacy, the green roof was moved from Saxon Court to the roof of the YMCA in April 2022.
The MK Gateway development will see the retention, refurbishment, and extension of the original Saxon Court building, which will save over 3,750 tonnes of Co2. While the new green rooftop will be installed once this development is complete, local communities will be asked to participate in seed collection workshops to populate the roof with native wildflower.
The MK Gateway site will also see the development of two further buildings including the Village, which will feature a UK first of 11 vertical gardens, along with 288 build to rent apartments.