A new “living wall” with the potential to reduce air pollution by up to 20% has been installed on scaffolding in Mayfair, the first of its kind in the UK.
Property firm Grosvenor and engineering consultant Arup launched the scaffolding solution – called Living Wall Lite – at a Grade I listed property being transformed into a retail and community space, due to finish in 2017.
Studies have shown that living walls reduce noise pollution by up to 10 decibels, as well as making the site more visually attractive. The 80m² structure includes a mixture of grasses, flowers and strawberries.
“Living Wall Lite has the potential to transform scaffolding and hoardings into much more than just a cover up,” said Arup façade engineer and Living Wall Lite developer Alistair Law.
“By introducing plants and flowers, we can create a more attractive and healthier environment for local residents, businesses and workers on site.”
The wall was designed by Arup and manufactured by Swedish living wall specialist Green Fortune. It will be fitted with sensors to monitor its impact on noise, temperature and air pollution.