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94 LANDSCAPING & EXTERNAL WORKS Growing up in public


The creation of green space is increasingly constrained in many projects by underground services, access routes, parking and traffic. In light of this issue, living walls and green screens are the win-win solution, says Mobilane’s Paul Garlick


projects. Just look at the recently installed wall planter in Bracknell’s town centre. The largest of its kind in the UK – all 800 square metres of it – not only drapes itself down the exterior envelope of a multi- storey car park providing a captivating green aesthetic, but its interwoven mesh panels of plants absorb pollutants, improve air quality and act as an acoustic buffer to noise.


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Every civil project is being driven to ‘go green’ to help lower air toxicity, improve its green credentials and ease its successful path through the planning process. Studies point to vegetated walls and vertical green installations as the most natural of potential solutions, and this includes an ongoing research study by Mobilane and Staffordshire University. Early results indicate that higher quality, denser green screens can remove up to 60 per cent of particulates.


Innovate, absorb, insulate


Providing a calming, air-cleansing and visually impactful backdrop in outdoor and indoor working environments, living walls play a significant role in reducing stress and connecting people back to nature. A living wall allows for design freedom and can be planted and replanted with foliage to suit seasonal or corporate themes, inside and out. On the building exterior, they can offer colour and interest as well as air improvement, insulation and soundproofing. On the building interior, the plant selection and their irrigation systems create areas of attractive natural beauty that can withstand the fluctuating temperatures and shade contrasts of offices and workspaces.


A greener workplace is a healthier, cleaner and more natural workplace. Biophilic design supports this and encourages the blend of nature and the built environment. Nature remains at the


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nnovative green systems are becoming the go-to design features in many UK urban construction and regeneration


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