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When everybody is planting apples a visionary plants oranges.

Matshona Dhliwayo

Swansea University, IMPACT Building

  • Swansea, United Kingdom
  • 2019
  • For Kier
  • 114m2
  • Maintained by Biotecture

Project Details

  • New £35 million engineering research institute on Swansea University's bay campus
  • Northerly aspect

As part of the all new IMPACT building at the Swansea University bay campus Biotecture were contracted to design, supply, install and maintain the 114m2 living wall on the North aspect. The building was designed to BREEAM excellent standards ensuring that sustainable, energy efficient building techniques and renewable energy technologies were incorporated wherever possible, including the living wall. Every Biotecture living wall panel is made in the UK from 100% UK recycled plastics. The Northern aspect limits the choice of flowering species so instead the focus was on texture, depth and movement. In addition proximity to the shoreline made it important to choose robust species that would thrive in the coastal position. Plants with interesting leaf shapes and patterns like Heuchera 'Green Spice' and 'Palace Purple' and Polypodium vulgare add interest to a rich green background matrix. Swansea University was the first bee friendly university in Wales and was keen to continue it's good work with this living wall that will provide food sources for pollinating insects as well as adding to the existing green networks in the area. Increasing and supporting. Biodiversity is just one of the fantastic benefits of installing an outdoor Living Wall. You can learn more about how a living wall benefits the environment, the people and businesses on our benefits page. You can learn more about the project overall, including why it was so important to include a sustainable and low water use living wall on their website.  

As well as being a striking approach to campus, the living wall will improve the building’s energy efficiency and provide a home for wildlife

Ben Sampson University Biodiversity Officer, Swansea University