As part of the site works for the extension, ecological consideration was made to reintroduce planting back onto the site. The construction phase before had cleared every patch of green from the site.
Wildflower mixes were introduced to the landscape strip to the boundary as well as native hedgerow species. A zone demarcated for future expansion was sown with a native wild flower mix. The remaining feature site planting was selected from native Northern Ireland plant species. As a feature and a site entrance marker, three White Bark Birch trees were planted on the boundary close to the entrance. We are pleased to point out that the client allowed extra money to be put towards the planting budget.
According to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Bumblebees are mainly under threat because of changes to the countryside in the UK. Changes in agricultural techniques have meant that there are far fewer wildflowers in the landscape than there used to be, meaning that many bumblebee species are struggling to survive. The result of this has been that two species have become extinct in the UK since the start of the 20th century:
Cullem’s bumblebee (Bombus cullumanus), was last recorded in 1941.
The Short-haired bumblebee (Bombus subterraneus), was last recorded in 1988.
A similar initiative was also taken on the Portafill Factory project however, the scheme has not been fully completed to show the full outcome of the planting schemes.
Tate Stevenson Architects Ltd were commissioned to provide architectural services to the new purpose built office block to Radius System's existing factory in Lurgan, Northern Ireland.
Radius Systems is a leading player in the manufacture of high specification extruded plastic products, supplying a wide range of industries, nationally and internationally.
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