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Green cycle shelter benefits Belgian college students

The addition of a cycle park in the renovated courtyard of the St Lievens College in Antwerp, Belgium has been transformed with a healthy layer of green roof


This simple cassette green roof system MobiRoof from Mobilane creates a welcome green oasis amongst the grey built environment at the school.

The management team at the college wanted a clean, lush and refreshing first impression for a courtyard in need of renovation.

Appearance, sustainability and a quality finish were paramount.  With the installation of the MobiRoof, their wishes have become reality, with both the playground and cycle shelter renewed and refreshed with their new planted elements.

A green cycle shelter

The construction of the new bicycle shed was designed and completed by Klaver Cycle Parks from the Netherlands. The bike shed has been allocated floor and low level parking levels.  The skylight at the heart of the garage provides sufficient light. More than 200 m² of green roof has been installed on the roof of the cycle shelter itself, courtesy of the Mobilane MobiRoof cassettes. The cassettes are suitable for both large and small projects and can be customised to fit.  They are easy to install and offer full coverage from between 6-8 different types of sedum plants.


Peter from the Klaver Fietsparkeren executive company is very satisfied with the green roof. “Thanks to the cassettes, the green roof is perfect; it was easy to install and visitors can enjoy the immediate visual impact.” The MobiRoof cassettes have not only created a stunning and lasting first impression, but they bring with them the additional benefits of plants and greenery in an urban environment.

A healthy sustainable learning environment

In addition to the aesthetic aspect, a green sedum roof has many other benefits. The lifespan of the roof is twice that of bituminous roofs. Research from the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands has shown that a green roof provides cooling in the city but collects rainwater, helping to reduce the potential flood risk.  Its plants help increase biodiversity in urban environments, often providing a haven for wildlife and insects. The green roof plants help to filter particulate matter and harmful pollutants from the air, improving the air quality. This particulate matter (PM10) is absorbed from the air by the plants within, contributing to a cleaner, healthier atmosphere around the school buildings and communal areas.


To find out more about MobiRoof and Mobilane’s complete range of ready-made green systems for interior and exterior landscapes, visit www.mobilane.co.uk, call +44 (0) 203 741 8049 or email sales@mobilane.co.uk to discuss your living wall options.


Mobilane UK has offices in London and Bath and is part of the global Mobilane company and the Darthuizer Group, based in the Netherlands. The Group has subsidiaries in Africa, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg and Denmark and develops and markets green products worldwide. Since its foundation, Mobilane has made great strides in developing the most impressive and robust living systems available. The company has also been responsible for encouraging and growing European markets for green walls and Green Screens and has an enviable reputation for design, service and above all reliability.