Madrid City Hall’s green roof combines social and environmental commitment

Ferrovial Services, Madrid City Council and Fundación Capacis develop a green roof on the Cibeles city hall building — fighting climate change with community support.

Ferrovial Services, Madrid City Council and Fundación Capacis have installed a green roof on the Cibeles Palace, Madrid’s City Hall. The project makes it possible to create green areas in the heart of the city and employ individuals with developmental disabilities to create them.

Luis Cueto, General Coordinator of Madrid City Council, says the project entails “launching a very moving public-private partnership. Green roofs help fight the heat island effect and climate change and they promote efficient water use.” Diario de Madrid has published the following extensive report on the project titled, “Green Roof, a solidarity project committed to social integration and the environment.”

The Cibeles Centre Green Roof, measuring 130 square meters, is located on one of the towers of the city hall building. The roof garden includes more than 4,000 plants from a range of species and is based on sustainable architecture. It was installed by a team including nine young persons with developmental disabilities from Fundación Capacis, under the technical management of the Sylvestris group. This organization helps with the social and labor inclusion of persons with disabilities. Once the garden was installed, one of the young workers was hired to take charge of maintaining it.

Green roofs are a unique opportunity to create green areas in the center of cities. Madrid, whose buildings are topped by flat roofs (and not gable roofs, as in other European cities), is the perfect location for roof gardens. These green spaces support biodiversity, capture and reduce emissions of CO2, save energy and reduce the greenhouse effect.