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To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.

Audrey Hepburn

Nova Building Living Hoarding

  • London, United Kingdom
  • 2017
  • For Land Securities
  • 105m2
  • Maintained by Biotecture
  • Publicly viewable

Project Details

  • In Excess of 4,000 plants
  • Hoarding in place for the duration of the build

The brief on this project was to create a fully comprehensive living wall hoarding to provide a visual amenity and backdrop to the public realm space provided as well as to screen the temporary development and construction traffic behind. The living wall hoarding is 30.0 metres long x 2.4 metres high. All of the works to the living hoarding were carried out directly by Biotecture. The living wall panels are mounted on a structural frame which in turn was restrained and designed to withstand impact and wind loadings. The frame was designed to include  a smooth boarded rear elevation (east facing). This will be able to carry suitable vinyl designs / imagery. An integrated irrigation system is included with precise pressure compensated drip tubing installed above each row of panels with extremely accurate and predictable flow rates. The pipes are easily accessible from the front. A roadside cabinet to house the irrigation plant room equipment has been included. This will house the WRAS approved break tank, pump, valves remote sensing controller. The overall control of the irrigation system is fully automated with remote sensing capability. Further options with regards to visual imagery were explored as part of the original proposal including the use of intelligent projected images onto the living wall, LED lighting integrated into the living wall and ambient lighting solutions. The Living Hoarding will be in place for 3 years while the building work on site is going on. The planting design for this living hoarding has an organic feel with dynamic linear movement along the length of the living wall. There are two planting areas, each sharing some of the same plants with slight variations to give a sense of uniformity while accent plants provide interest. Plants were selected to be suitable for a partly shaded location and to be tolerant to windy conditions. Some of the plants were particularly selected for their ability to assist with the capture of particle matter, as improving air quality in this busy pedestrian area with outdoor café seating was important to the client.

Learn more about the benefits of installing Living Walls and Living Hoardings in public, city areas by visiting our Benefits of external living walls page.