Scotscape delivers green wall at first new House of Fraser store in almost a decade

Scotscape has completed an interior living wall at a new House of Fraser store.

Scotscape specialists installing the wall in-store. Image: Scotscape
Scotscape specialists installing the wall in-store. Image: Scotscape

The store at Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre in Rushden, Northamptonshire is House of Fraser’s first new store in nearly a decade. It is also the first of the company’s that is certified to the BREEAM sustainable building standard.  

The 6m x 8m living wall of more than 2,000 plants was designed to impress visitors and become a prominent feature, which can be seen by shoppers using the escalators. The wall takes advantage of the natural light provided by the skylights in the centre of the store and shoppers are able to see it from both the ground and first floors.

Scotscape worked with The Green Infrastructure Consultancy on the project after the latter advised the retail chain.

Discussions have been ongoing for some time about how plants could be used to improve air quality in stores for both staff and visitors as well as improving people's sense of well-being.

Scotscape said of the project: "The living wall brings nature into the heart of the store. The Fytotextile panel system supplied by Scotscape is particularly useful in this location because the living wall curves in front of a steel column - something that would be challenging using rigid plastic panels. The Fytotextile panels are also relatively lightweight - an advantage where a living wall is to be installed without the benefit of a masonry."

The House of Fraser wall also screens air conditioning ducts and other services.  

The new Rushden Lakes development has a strong connection with nature and includes an adjacent boardwalk which overlooks Skew Bridge Lake, part of the Nene Wetlands managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. House of Fraser was part of phase one, which opened at the end of August.

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