St Andrews Links

Green Roofing blends seamlessly with St Andrews links

Curved green roof installed at St Andrews Links


Lorna Denholm
Danny Campbell


Fife, Scotland




Flat Roofing


New build

The challenge

NORR Architects wanted to emulate the undulating landscape the course is famous for. After constructing a scaled mock-up of the roof, it became clear that the sedum would need to be secured at 460mm intervals using green roof trims. Specified to tolerate the exposed location of the golf course at the edge of the North Sea, the green roofing needed to blend in seamlessly with its surroundings. With such a steep curve to the roof, a strong system was required to ensure that each panel remained flat, even with the growth of the plants.

The solution and approach

Bailey designed a detailed installation plan for a fully curved roof and eaves system, including cassette fascia soffits, which at its steepest pitch was almost vertical. To enable the sedum to root itself and become self-securing, a nylon string was ‘zig-zagged’ between the trims to secure the vegetation mat. The blend of local sedum and vegetation was then tucked into the trims and left to flourish.

Bailey’s Cassette Fascia Soffit System, which was wrapped around the perimeter of the roof ensured that there were no ripples or dimples. With its root resistance and high-performance waterproofing qualities, Bailey’s Atlantic single ply was the ideal roofing membrane to install underneath the green roof system. Followed by the Eco-Roof reservoir board, which increases water retention capacity for the vegetation, helping to keep the sedum healthy all year round.

Lorna Denholm, NORR’s chief architect, commented:
“The Eco-Roof required a combination of products to deliver a complete system. The installation was complex as the roof was barrel-like in shape, but Bailey worked tirelessly to make sure everything went to plan. When completed, it was not only perfect for its aesthetic qualities, it also helped to achieve our sustainability credentials for the project.”


Danny Campbell, St Andrews Links Commercial Director, said:
“When we started this project on the site of a former contractor’s yard our main ambition was to match the groundbreaking design with green credentials. Those ambitions have been realised, and we are proud to have an extremely attractive and comfortable working environment together with excellent storage facilities, all delivered within an ecologically sound package."

The result

The building instantly won admirers for its natural beauty and as the natural materials have weathered it has blended into the living landscape becoming an integral part of the Links, both aesthetically and from a practical perspective.

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