Transforming urban architecture.

Biotecture is a designer and supplier of hydroponic, modular living wall systems. We are an innovative, UK based company, managing projects across the country, and working with partners in Scandinavia, mainland Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Our vision is to transform urban architecture for the well-being of people and planet through innovative use of vertical greening. We welcome commissions and construction contracts both large and small, from private, public and commercial clients. We work on principles of collaboration, integrity and excellence, believing that our shared expertise will bring the best results.

Biotecture enjoys continued demand from a wide range of clients, and, since its establishment in 2007, has seen steady growth. In 2013, the company expanded to take on new offices near Chichester on the south coast, and two acres of glasshouses for horticultural operations.

Multi-disciplinary Expertise

Biotecture’s in-house team and network of partners enables us to provide design, build and technical expertise to living wall projects of any size, setting or scope. As well as designing and installing living walls, Biotecture is also a trusted consultant at the development stage of major projects, providing research, design input and technical advice on innovations in the use of living walls. Our patented system fulfils many essential requirements for contemporary urban development, including: improved air quality, noise reduction, biodiversity, psychological well-being, and mitigation of urban heat island effect. Expertise within the company on these issues and other issues enables us to provide an informed and intelligent consultancy service.

Design

We are well regarded for the thoughtful integration of living walls and architectural design.

Our planting designs have won us widespread praise, as we incorporate the intricacies of plants’ texture, size, outward growth, foliage and colour in the planting of our living walls for maximum aesthetic impact as well as environmental benefit.

In addition, Biotecture works with award-winning landscape and garden designers including Patrick Collins, Sarah Eberle, Luciano Giubbilei, Arne Maynard and Dan Pearson.

Horticulture

Biotecture’s horticulture team works from a nursery in West Sussex with 2000m2 dedicated vertical growing space.

The plants are nurtured in the panels which allow for precision growing, robust root development and installation-ready greening.

Our horticulture manager, Campbell Thorp, has over 20 years’ horticultural experience including pest and disease control.

Construction

Our project managers focus on client liaison and on-site logistics: a relational communications style means that the client needs are always met, and an exacting approach to project planning and logistics lead to on-site installations that are smooth, efficient and defect free.

Biotecture is an SMAS work safe contractor, and we take our responsibilities seriously. Site surveys are a standard part of the project planning to ensure safety at all stages of the build, whether we are working in the smallest of back gardens or the largest of multi-million pound construction projects.

Water management

Biotecture’s concern for sustainability becomes critical when designing extensive areas of greenery in the built environment. Good water management was a key driver of the initial development of our hydroponic panel system; it remains inherent to our living walls today.

Our system has, by far, the lowest water use of any known comparable living wall system. Average water use in a typical UK installation is 1 litre per m2 per day. This efficiency has opened up an exciting market in Dubai and the Gulf states and we are leading the development of vertical greening there, alongside our partner Acacia LLC.

Partnerships

Biotecture is proud to work with partners across the world who are licensed to promote and install our patented modular living wall system:

Grodan

At the heart of our living wall panel system is a unique growing medium, “stone wool”, produced by Dutch company, Grodan.

They are the world’s leading supplier of clean, sustainable growing media and have been producing stone wool substrate for horticulture since 1969. Biotecture have worked with them since 2007 to develop a bespoke growing medium for our vertical panels, allowing us to irrigate and set nutrient dosage with absolute precision.

History

The company was established in 2007, by Richard Sabin, a sustainable building consultant, and Mark Laurence, a landscape designer. Their goal was to design a new living wall system that would meet the growing demand for a genuinely sustainable option for vertical green infrastructure, especially in urban areas where space is at a premium.

After an intensive period of research and development, they developed a unique modular hydroponic system which is now patented. Launched at EcoBuild in 2008, Biotecture’s living wall system won the £10,000 prize for sustainable innovation.

Mark Laurence stepped down from his role as Creative Director in 2012, in order to pursue his own work. He continues as design consultant to Biotecture.