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School Roof Garden

Roof Garden & Teaching Space for Canon Barnett Primary School, London

The Brief:

Boardman Galley were commissioned to transform the uninspiring 5th floor roof space of a London primary school in to a vibrant roof garden. Some of the area would be dedicated to growing beds with planting that would also attract wildlife. The rest of the space would be used for teaching pupils. The central London location close to Tower Bridge with vistas over the City made this an exciting project.


To achieve the school’s brief the roof garden project presented some unique challenges for us to resolve. Lifting the materials from ground level to the 5th floor and in a tight urban space required some big thinking.

Key Elements:

We laid safety flooring was laid on a protective membrane to retain the waterproof properties of the roof covering.

A structural survey was undertaken to calculate the weight of materials and their positioning on the roof. A local crane company lifted all the materials on to the roof early one Saturday morning. Despite the many limitations, the final design and build was a complete transformation of the space fulfilling the project brief to the delight of the teachers and pupils.


”Utilising every bit of space in an inner city school is vital. This will enable the pupils to grow their own vegetables and flowers, giving them a connection they would not have otherwise had. On every pupil survey the children said they wanted a growing space. Now they have“

Jackie Trudgeon
Head Teacher, Canon Barnett Primary School

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