Green Screens, Stockport Road

Mobilane Living Green Screens

In Ashton-Under-Lyne, a derelict site on a main access route was identified by West Pennine Housing Association for a new-build housing development for local families as part of a larger four part regeneration project. The Stockport Road site has already been awarded with a Green Apple Environmental Award as well as being shortlisted for the Building in Excellence Award 2009.

Denovo Designs of Liverpool is the architect on the Stockport Road project and has installed 30 Green Screens at the development. Frank Olchowski, Director and Lead Architect at Denovo explains why the Green Screens were incorporated into the design; “We specified the Green Screens because of the planning requirement to provide an attractive, rear boundary treatment. The residents of the houses which overlook the site would not want to look onto a brick wall or timber fencing, especially if that type of boundary were to attract graffiti. Green Screens ecologically enhance a site and provide a more attractive solution than walls or fences. We also had to comply with the Secured by Design requirement for a minimum height and secure boundary treatment.

“Social housing providers increasingly like to see green technologies used on their developments because it helps to obtain credit points for EcoHomes and the Code for Sustainable Homes. They are invaluable in helping councils to „green up‟ the environment and provide a more stimulating and pleasant environment. Green Screens provide a deterrent to graffiti and other antisocial behaviour, and offer reduced maintenance costs when compared to timber fencing.”

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