Living walls come under the research spotlight in industry-led project

A landscape contractor has teamed up with a university to weigh up the good and bad points of living walls.

Scotscape designed and installed several systems at Sheffield University and is maintaining them for research and development projects. 

The 12-month programme will assess the performance of each living wall type.

They include hydroponic, compost, stainless steel wire and ivy systems. Each one is being monitored to assess its performance over a range of environmental conditions, said managing director Angus Cunningham.

"Sheffield University has an enviable reputation for the quality of its research into sustainable building materials and we are sponsoring and working with the team to help future clients select a system more appropriate for their budget and goals.

"This is the most comprehensive piece of research ever undertaken into the thermal benefits of living walls and we’re looking forward to seeing the results in the autumn of 2013’’.

A key exercise was looking at the benefits of living walls in terms of providing habitats for essential invertebrate life, birds and bees. The charity Buglife is also assessing Scotscape’s living-wall portfolio.

Scotscape is maintaining a living wall built recently at Edgware Road station in London, commissioned by Transport for London to counter air pollution.  The Government’s Clean Air Fund put up money for the project.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Sargent's solutions - how to avoid the traps of 'professional non-payers'

Sargent's solutions - how to avoid the traps of 'professional non-payers'

Be wary of unscrupulous clients who may look for loopholes to avoid settling up at the end of a job, Alan Sargent warns.

Living walls

Living walls

The benefits of green walls make them worth investigation by all green-space professionals, says Miranda Kimberley.

Business planning - improving productivity through training

Business planning - improving productivity through training

How to create a structured training programme for your staff to give your business a competitive edge, by Neville Stein.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

BALI National Landscape Awards 2017

Read all about the winning projects in the awards, run in association with Horticulture Week.

-Download the Digital Edition

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Industry Data

An exclusive report for HW subscribers revealing the key development trends, clients and locations for 2017.

Products & Kit Resources

Noel Farrer

Founding partner of Farrer Huxley Associates Noel Farrer on landscape and green space

Read Noel Farrer