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Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Is this the future of buildings?

The buildings in our towns and cities are becoming greener, both inside and out, with plants improving air quality and reconnecting people with nature.

4th February 2020 | By Laura Longland

  • McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford has become one of the world’s greenest shopping centres, incorporating a living wall spanning 25,000 square feet into a major expansion aimed at improving the experience for visitors
  • Transport for London introduced living walls outside Edgware Road tube station to reduce air pollution after the air quality was identified as needing urgent improvement
  • Heathrow Airport installed a living wall in Terminal 3, creating an eco-sanctuary to improve its passengers’ journey

These are just a few examples of how green infrastructure is improving our cities. Harnessing nature, our living walls enrich all types of buildings from offices, shops and transport hubs to hospitals, universities, schools and homes.

But it’s no longer purely about aesthetic enhancement; it’s about reducing air pollution to create healthier, cleaner environments for people to spend time in, lifting people’s moods and improving their wellbeing, increasing productivity and aiding biodiversity.

We think this video of our living walls at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford says it all – “Is this the future of buildings?”

(Video credit: Jungle Creations and McArthurGlen)