Grosvenor trialling new living wall on Mayfair building site
Property developer and manager Grosvenor is using a temporary living wall to help reduce the impact of construction work currently under way at one of its Mayfair properties.
The 80 sq m structure, designed by Arup and manufactured by Swedish living-wall specialist Green Fortune, has been installed on scaffolding at Grade I-listed St Marks, currently being refurbished as a retail and community space. Called Living Wall Lite, its mixture of grasses, flowers and strawberries is intended to reduce the visual impact of the building site while cutting air pollution by up to 20% and noise pollution by up to 10 decibels. Sensors within the wall will monitor its impact on noise, temperature and air pollution.
Alistair Law, Arup façade engineer and the Living Wall Lite’s developer, said: ‘Living Wall Lite has the potential to transform scaffolding and hoardings into much more than just a cover up. By introducing plants and flowers, we can create a more attractive and healthier environment for local residents, businesses and workers on site.’
Living Wall Lite is part of Grosvenor’s long-term commitment to reducing emissions across its Central London estate, pledging to reduce emissions by 50% by 2030.