Living wall

Grosvenor trials 'living wall' technology to reduce noise

Property group Grosvenor has begun trialling a living plant-based scaffolding which is designed to reduce construction noise.

Working in partnership with engineering consultant Arup, Grosvenor has installed the structure on scaffolding on the Grade I-listed St Mark’s building in Mayfair.

Spanning 80sqm, the ‘Living Wall Lite’ comprises a mixture of grasses, flowers and strawberries to improve air quality, visual impact and noise pollution from the development.

The wall has been found to reduce noise by up to 10 decibels, and has the potential to cut air pollution by up to 20%.

Alistair Law, façade engineer at Arup 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.”

Although designed by Arup, the wall was manufactured by Swedish living wall specialist Green Fortune.

Sensors will be fitted to monitor its impact on noise, temperature and air pollution.

The initiative comes as part of Grosvenor’s long-term plans to reduce building emissions in its London estate by 50% by 2030.

Mark Tredwell, development director at Grosvenor, added: “As the estate continues to adapt and evolve, we want to ensure that the impact on the community is positive.

“As well as reducing air pollution, we hope the living wall will introduce a rich biodiversity to Mayfair and encourage people to linger in the area.”

Grosvenor is currently transforming the St Mark’s property into a new retail and community space, which is due for completion in 2017.

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