Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice 

Bauder Thermofol single ply waterproofing system with Bauderflex bituminous waterproofing system and BauderSOLAR G LIGHT


The award winning Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice currently supports over 160 children who are seriously unwell, 230 of their siblings and 350 of their parents/guardians by providing holistic, bespoke care. To facilitate the care of even more children and their families and care givers, a new building was needed. Main build partners, 8build, undertake one charitable build project every year and were therefore recommended for the Ark project. Their unique collaborative approach and utilisation of supply chain relationships kept project costs low with these costs savings directly benefitting the hospice as they could then be spent on care for the children. The project won the "Roof Gardens/ Living Wall Installations - Commercial Roof Garden or Podium Landscaping - Under £500k" award in the BALI National Landscape Awards 2020.

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Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice



Project Type:

New build

Roof Area:



Squire & Partners

Main Contractor:

8 Build​

Approved Contractor:

Voland Roofing Ltd

Green Roof Contractor:

Bridgman and Bridgman

PV Contractor:

Joju Solar

The specification

Budget was key on this project as whatever wasn’t spent on the building fabric was then available to be used for care providers. Therefore, economic design was critical. This started with some design workshops with the architects, Squire & Partners, to look beyond our package of works as to how our waterproofing would be detailed to rainwater goods, cladding and what structure below was required to decide the most efficient design. The project costs were also reduced greatly by the main contractor, 8 build, generously carrying out the project as a not for profit contribution.

A large donation was pledged if a single source green roof system could be provided and subsequently installed by green roof specialist contractors. Bauder fully met this criteria, offering a single source solution and guarantee, with Bridgman and Bridgman landscapers carrying out the green roof installation. Bauderflex bituminous waterproofing system, installed by Bauder approved contractors Voland Roofing, was utilised on the two wings where a Biodiverse roof was planned. Bauder also organised for the solar panels to be funded by Schools Energy Coop, a community fund, which significantly reduced the overall capital expenditure to the client and enabled an increased PV array to be installed saving over £84,000 in energy costs to the client over a 20-year period. We believe this to be the first community funded BioSolar scheme in the UK.

To the central atrium an aesthetically pleasing finish was required so our Thermofol PVC was specified. We supported the project with a reduced cost for our materials from initial budget and maintained the price despite insulation and raw materials increases.

Project challenges

The onsite challenge was having three specialist contractors installing the key elements: waterproofing and insulation, biodiverse landscaping, and PV. We achieved a manageable programme by agreeing the areas under each contractor and the process and timeframe for handing over to the next team, prior to works commencing. In most Bauder green roof installations the waterproofing installer would fit the protection and drainage layers. However, that fell to the landscape specialist, Bridgman and Bridgman, for this project. The team had to work off finished waterproofing, so an understanding and respect for others’ works was key to avoid damage and disagreement. Bridgman and Bridgman had an apprentice working on this site, so this demonstration of collaborative working was very valuable to her learning. She was assessed by the college as part of the works.

This was a very difficult site to manage logistically. Narrow roads leading to the site meant that only small vehicles could be used to deliver goods and there was no room to get a crane in for the lifting operations. All deliveries had to be timed and the telehandler had to be unloaded three quarters of a mile away and driven to the work area. Whilst trying to load the tonne bags of substrate to the roof, the telehandler was sinking in heavy clay. The plant had to be relocated to an area of hard standing meaning there was only one loading point. This resulted in huge amounts of wheelbarrow work to get the 150 cubic meters of growing medium onto the roof successfully.


The result

On completion of the works and after sign-off from Bauder site technicians following inspections, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice roof was awarded a comprehensive product and workmanship guarantee. The client was thrilled with the process and the welcoming nature of our team supported by Squire & Partners architects and 8 Build main contractors, showing parents, visitors and donors to the charity around the site and how the roof would produce energy and areas for wildlife (all inducted and wearing PPE).

Bridgman and Bridgeman have maintained the roof several times since the project was completed as part of their ongoing commitment to keeping the costs down and ensuring the performance of the system as a whole.


Systems installed

Bauder Thermofol PVC single ply waterproofing system

Installed on the Core Roof, Reception Area and Lift Overrun Roof



1.5mm PVC membrane with 2mm laminated fleece for adhered installations; pre-coated cross weave polyester reinforcement for high levels of tear resistance.

2 Bauder PIR M

Tissue-faced flat board insulation, benefitting from a zero ODP and a Green guide rating of ‘A’.

3 BauderTEC KSD Foil

A technically advanced self-adhesive elastomeric bitumen air and vapour control layer with an aluminium foil facing for vapour impermeability.



Bauderflex bituminious waterproofing system

Installed on Wing Roofs A & B

Bauderflex is a robust, two-layer bituminous waterproofing that offers specifiers on a budget a durable and long-lasting solution. Incoporating the BauderPLANT E 42 root resistant cap sheet ready for the green roof element.


1 BauderPLANT E 42

A  torch-applied, SBS elastomeric bitumen capping sheet. The product features chemically treated bitumen to deliver superior root resistance which has been tested and approved by the FLL. The membrane is reinforced with 250g/m² spunbond polyester fleece to allow the finished product to cope with structural movement without fracture.


Self-adhesive bitumen underlayer with “DUO” lap technology to ensure thorough sealing of lap joints, even in lower temperatures. The product features a glass fleece reinforcement for strength and stability. The product benefits from cleaner, safer and faster installation than traditional torch-applied membranes.

3 BauderPIR FA-TE

Lightweight, PIR flatboard insulation board with aluminium foil facing on both sides. This product has zero ozone depletion potential.


Self-adhesive air and vapour control layer with a mica finished upper surface to allow easy bonding of insulation using the specified Bauder Insulation Adhesive


BauderSOLAR G LIGHT integrated energy solution

Installed on Wing Roofs A & B

A biodiverse green roof was created utilising BauderGREEN DSE 40 for drainage, Bauder’s biodiverse substrate for the growing medium and BauderGREEN Flora Seed Mixes, specially blended for biosolar roofs with its mix of shade and sun loving plant species which will thrive in all areas of the roof.  Once established, the vegetation can be maintained safely due to the unique v-angle nature of the biosolar mounts which allow for a strimmer to pass beneath the panels whilst using the man safe system.

BauderSOLAR G LIGHT is an integrated mounting solution for photovoltaic renewable energy with a green roof where the substrate and vegetation provide the ballasted installation mechanism, which removes the need for penetrating the waterproofing to secure the mounting units to the roof. This system enabled Noah’s Ark to achieve two of their key project objectives of creating a biodiverse roof and generating renewable energy.

1 BioSOLAR BauderSOLAR G LIGHT is an integrated mounting solution for photovoltaic renewable energy with a green roof where the substrate and vegetation provide the ballasted installation mechanism, which removes the need for penetrating the waterproofing to secure the mounting units to the roof.
BauderGREEN Flora Seed Mixes A blend of seed, tackifier and additives developed to maximise diversity of vegetation on green roofs. All of the components required to improve the germination and the successful establishment of vegetation for a variety of rooftop conditions: light and shade; exposed and sheltered. The varied mix of species is designed to deliver the British native, biodiverse species required for BREEAM compliance.
3 BauderGREEN SUB-BM UK Biodiverse substrate, a lightweight growing medium for green roof planting schemes manufactured to FLL guidelines.
4 BauderGREEN FV 125 100 Filter fleece designed to contain and seperate Bauder substrates from the drainage element of the green roof system. Preventing fine material from being washed out of the substrate layer.
5 BauderGREEN DSE 40 Drainage and protection layer, laid on to the completed waterproofing to provide continuous drainage within hard and soft landscaping. It is primarily used where the load is moderate to high, such as extensive and intensive green roofs. Its compressive strength, makes it suitable beneath paving laid on sand/cement or gravel bedding or within planter beds.
6 BauderGREEN FSM 600 Protection mat made from polyester and polypropylene fibres which is placed onto the completed waterproofing to protect from mechanical damage.