Arup trials ‘living wall’ scaffolding system

Aaron Morby 4 years ago
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Arup has just launched a scaffolding system fitted with a green living wall to make building sites healthier and more attractive for local communities.

Scaffolding fitted with a living wall can reduce air pollution by up to 20% and dampen noise by 10 decibels
Scaffolding fitted with a living wall can reduce air pollution by up to 20% and dampen noise by 10 decibels

The new system is being piloted on a Grade I listed Mayfair building project in London with developer Grosvenor.

The temporary wall , named ‘Living Wall Lite’, has been designed by Arup and manufactured by Swedish living wall specialist Green Fortune, and is fitted with sensors to monitor its impact on noise, temperature and air pollution.

It is hoped the temporary living wall scaffolding being used on the St Mark’s building project will reduce localised air pollution by up to 20% and dampen noise pollution by up to 10 decibels.

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.”

Mark Tredwell, development director of Grosvenor’s London estate, said: “This is a great initiative and is in line with our long-term ambition to improve the environmental sustainability of the buildings across our London estate, reducing emissions by 50% by 2030.

“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.”

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