New Living Wall at Rubens Hotel in Victoria is the tallest in the UK

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    With extensive coverage in the national media, this fantastic 350m² Treebox System Living Wall installed by Scotscape Ltd marks a turning point in the Government’s support of urban greening as part of Boris Johnsons’ Greening BIDS Programme.The Living Wall contains 10,000 ferns and herbaceous plants and 16 tonnes of soil, and was designed by Gary Grant of the Green Roof Consultancy. It allows for year-round improvement of the bio-diversity in the Victoria area attracting a multitude of invertebrates which would otherwise be absent, cleaning the air by adding oxygen and reducing PM10, mitigating storm water run-off, insulating the building during the summer and cooling it in the winter. The air quality in the immediate area will be improved dramatically.

    Commenting on the installation, Scotscape’s Managing Director, Angus Cunningham said: “Due to our knowledge and experience in the installation of a number of prestigious vertical greening schemes in the UK, we were commissioned to install this Living Wall and the bespoke irrigation system and are happy to have been part of marking this important trend forward in vertical greening.

    “Our own research into the thermal benefits and water use-age of living wall systems, currently being undertaken at Sheffield University, with conclusive data being released in November, will further support the importance of integrating vertical greening systems into densely populated areas to improve bio-diversity and bring relevant energy efficiencies”.

    Daniel Fountain / 03.09.2013

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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