Best Project 2020; Case Study – The Roslin Institute, Edinburgh by Ambius

on Wednesday, 09 September 2020. Posted in News

Now we’ve had our virtual Award Ceremony, we can feature the case studies of some of our Green Leaf Award winners this year - at last. We are starting off with the best projects in Design & Installation and Maintenance.

The Roslin Institute in Edinburgh was nominated as the Best Project for Maintenance. It is maintained by Ambius. Congratulations.

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General information

The Roslin Institute is an animal sciences research institute at Easter Bush, Midlothian, Scotland, part of the University of Edinburgh, and is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. It is in a lovely rural setting next to the pentland hills.

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The Institute was put in the world's spotlight in 1996, with the birth of Dolly the Sheep, the first animal ever to be cloned from an adult animal cell.

The ultimate aim of The Roslin Institute is to enhance the lives of animals and with improved food safety, improved animal welfare and sustainable management of the environment for teaching and training scientists at all stages of their careers.

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Maintenance information

Various plants including Tradescantia, Begonia rex, ferns, Monstera, Philodendron scandens in 9cm pots. The different colours and types of plants add depth to the wall and make it stand out. There was originally a lot of Maranta tri-colour in the interior wall when we started the maintenance. This had a problem with mealy bug so we have removed the Maranta and replaced with more suitable plants.

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The exterior walls are filled with Bergina cordifolia, Pachysandra terminalis, Hedera Helix, Sarcococca confuse, various Carex, Euphorbia amygdaloides, Helleborus foetidus, Erica and Polypodium vulgare.

These walls are a joy to maintain and we are very proud to have the maintenance in such a fantastic setting, where the environment and sustainability really matter.

Judge's comment

Judge Bill Peebles commented, “It offers the most stunning first impression when you first walk up to the building and as you walk around the building the living wall doesn’t lose that initial impact.
The interior of the reception area with its very impressive living wall is outstanding. A very worthy award.

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“This building was out of this world, a pleasure to judge, outstanding just to stand there and take it all in.

“Probably not the best time of year to judge as some of the perennials were just beginning to show some new growth but the overall look of the Erica Carnea in full colour complements the grasses , the glossy foliage of Pachysandra, Bergenias, Hebe, and the colour yet to come from the perennials, geraniums , blues and pink, yellow from the Alchemilla mollis, shades of pink from the Bergenias.

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“Truly an outstanding environmental project, one that brings this building to life even for the nesting birds.