Vertical gardens and living roofs have become enormously popular in recent years. In France, for example, all buildings are required to be topped with either solar panels or a green roof. But vertical gardens are also frequently used to improve a company’s public persona.
“National Grids [sic] commitment to sustainability in all their undertakings has meant that the brief for a new car park on this site would always lead to something extraordinary – with the car park now finished it has literally come alive,” according to a recent press release.
And alive it is with more than 97,000 plants and 20 different species particularly tailored to attract bees and butterflies.
The 446-space car park was designed to minimise site disturbance, yet building car parks also creates incentive for employees to keep driving instead of riding bicycles. Since this doesn’t really match up with the green ethos the company is attempting to portray, the green wall helps to offset their environmental impact, at least in the public’s perception.
“The living wall is designed to add both to the ecology and biodiversity of the area but also it will flower and bloom adding colour and variety with the seasons. Fruit bearing plants are included – strawberries for instance.”
It also includes bird and insect boxes, with other sustainability efforts including 558 low-energy LED lights and a porous road to absorb run-off.