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The mere insertion of plants into the built environment can enhance comfort, satisfaction, well- being and performance.

Biophilic Design

We are the Green Infrastructure experts. We excel from design to installation and then on into through life care. This is what one of our clients has to say about us:

The experience with Biotecture has been exemplary from the initial tender meeting and presentation. There was a feel the product on offer was going to surpass the expected planning requirements for the project just based on the presentation alone. Time was taken during pre-construction to fully understand the requirements for the product to be installed with many key interfaces dealt with by Biotecture’s Project Manager that included agreements for the soft landscape panel layout, structural steel and mechanical & electrical services with numerous design houses. Onsite the dedication from the installation team also ensured a stress free install process that had to be broken up at short notice with excellent reactive measures taken by the team to ensure a completion date was still met.

Since completion of the install there have been many positive comments made by the client Viridor and Glasgow City Council.

Jason Ritchie Project Manager, Doosan Babcock (Glasgow Recycling and Energy Centre)

We Design

Working for You

One of our in-house Project Managers will work with you and our multi-disciplinary team to sign off the design in terms of:

  • Architecture & Structure
  • Irrigation
  • Planting

Architecture & Structure

We work with you to set out the living wall and define interface requirements. We confirm the details in a comprehensive CAD drawing pack that can be in 3D if the project calls for that level of sophistication.

Living Wall Overview, Swansea University Impact Building for Kier Construction

Specification and Drawing Details

Irrigation

Irrigation requirements are developed with precision drawings and calculations to ensure long term resilience.  Irrigation plant room drawings and details clearly identify what we provide and where we will need incoming and outgoing services (water, electricity. drainage etc).

Example Irrigation Drawing

Planting Design

Biotecture is an RHS Chelsea award winning planting designer. Our experience of planting design of living walls is second to none. We design all of our own living walls and welcome collaboration with other designers.

Living Wall Planting Design is a function of:

  • Location
  • Layout
  • Aspect
  • Light Levels
  • Client Preferences
  • Requirements (i.e. nr of species for planning)

Planting Design Strategy for Fordham House Living Wall, Stratford

We Grow

Nurtured for You

We work from two growing nurseries (both in sunny West Sussex) and have the capacity to grow approaching 4,500m2 of living walls on purpose built vertical racking at any one time.   The total number of plants under our care in our nurseries at any one time is usually in excess of 500,000.

Our nurseries are run by our Production and Horticultural Managers.  We always grow our living walls in the nursery before sending them out into the world. Our living walls are grown hydroponically, to find out more about hydroponics and why we grow this way please take a look at our Why Hydroponics? page here. There are two crucial advantages to ‘pre-growing’ the plants into panels as we do at our nursery:

  • Controlled growing environment In the same way that children need to go to nursery school so plants also need to spend their early days in a nursery.   The plants will develop in a benign and controlled environment at a level where they can be easily cared for – rather than being three stories up into the air or straight out into a cold easterly wind.
  • Wow factor The instant wow factor that comes from installing a living wall that has already been through the nursery process.

Showing the full process from nursery to installation. Read more about this project here.

We Install

Safely & Surely

Our Construction Team is led by our Operations Director, Mark Fleming.  We are affiliated to a number of safety bodies and we carry out regular internal and external safety and environmental audits.  Our aim is always to safely deliver and install quality.  For us quality means:

  • Always working in accordance with our specifications
  • Being clear and considerate in all of our project communications
  • Creating minimal waste
  • Defect Free Construction

Video showing the Living Hoarding installation at the Nova project, Victoria.

A new living wall has sprung up in Victoria, created by long-term Landsec collaborators and vertical garden specialists Biotecture. The new wall took just 12 days to install on Allington Street, adjacent to Aster restaurant. The various plant types were selected for their colour, shape and texture to create a curved effect and visually appealing green colour palette peppered with mauve and purple.

This is Victoria Nova Victoria

We work to bring together three disciplines:

  1. Excellent horticulture
  2. High quality construction
  3. Integrated water management

This is where we excel