Sky-high gar­den with the green green grass of a high-rise home

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - 154 Mag­el­lan House, Clarence Dock, Leeds city cen­tre

sum­mer, the green grass grass of this home looks set to be a big at­trac­tion for ten­ants.

The lawn was put in two years ago af­ter Paul Daw­son bought the prop­erty which he had pre­vi­ously rented. Paul is the MD of York­based Ro­lawn, Europe’s largest pro­ducer of cul­ti­vated turf, and says: “One of the rea­sons I bought the flat was the amount of out­side space. It is huge and is a real sun trap. I could see there was plenty of room for a lawn and thought: ‘Why not?’.

“Ob­vi­ously, I’m in the busi­ness and am pas­sion­ate about lawns and there is no rea­son why one can’t be laid on a ter­race this high up.

“Hav­ing said that, as far as I know it’s unique. There are roof gar­dens that are grassed but I don’t know of an­other bal­cony with a lawn. Vis­i­tors are al­ways amazed when they see it. It’s a real talk­ing point.”

The Medal­lion turf was laid on to a per­me­able mem­brane and sur­rounded by a con­tem­po­rary stain­less steel frame.

The cost was min­i­mal as the turf is priced at about £5 a roll, but the ben­e­fits have been enor­mous, ac­cord­ing to Paul, who adds that the lawn is thriv­ing.

“It’s a very vi­brant colour, which re­ally stands out in a city en­vi­ron­ment where there are very few green spaces and the smell of the cut grass is won­der­ful when it wafts into the flat.

“The lawn also acts as an air fil­ter and traps par­ti­cles of dust, while the evap­o­ra­tion of wa­ter on the grass acts as a cool­ing sys­tem for the ter­race.

“You can use it for sun­bathing and I like walk­ing barefoot on it. That’s very ther­a­peu­tic.”

He is also grow­ing an olive tree and has in­stalled planters with box hedg­ing.

The lawn mower has its own shed and un­like its sub­ur­ban and coun­try coun­ter­parts, it is un­likely ever to be stolen.

In­side, the apart­ment has two dou­ble bed­rooms and two bath­rooms. It has new wal­nut floors, un­der­floor heat­ing, a sound sys­tem and a home cin­ema.

Paul is rent­ing his city home out to move closer to his com­pany head­quar­ters in York.

Andy Bon­ner, of Mor­gans, says; “The lawn is a ma­jor fea­ture. I’ve never seen any­thing like it. It’s like hav­ing a bit of the coun­try­side in the city.”

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