A 21 meter high living wall containing 10,000 plants and 16 tons of soil will help diminish flooding in London, as indicated by its creator.
The gigantic green divider, planned by Gary Grant of Green Roof Consultancy and covering a whole exterior of a hotel, covers 350 square meters - making it the biggest wall of vertical plants in London.
The permanent feature is situated on the outside wall of the Rubens at the Palace hotel in Victoria. It is produced using many of various plants that are all suggested by The Royal Horticultural Society as the best pollinators to pull in attract wildlife, for example, honey bees, butterflies and birds to the urban area.
The wall, which was revealed this week, has been planned in an attempt to diminish neighborhood environmental problem, for example, surface flooding and air contamination. The 10,000 plants are irrigated by collected water that is trapped in dedicated storage tanks on the rooftop, which Grant confirms will lessen surface water flooding.
"The living wall is irrigated using rainwater harvested from the roofs and stored in tanks before being fed through the wall, from which it evaporates," said Grant. "In this sense the project is a sustainable drainage system."
London mayor Boris Johnson is promoting sustainable drainage systems - or SUDS - to combat flooding in the capital, Grant said. "Victoria suffers from surface water flooding because of the preponderance of sealed surfaces such as roads and roofs. Occasionally when there is heavy rain the surface water drains are overwhelmed and flooding ensues."
The task was undertaken thanks to an audit to identify new areas for green space, did by local association Victoria Business Improvement District (Victoria BID). The divider will be maintained by green wall compnay Treebox.
The Rubens at the Palace Hotel living divider, on the doorstep of Buckingham Palace, comes to more than 21 meters high. It will be planted with more than 20 seasonal plant species including buttercups, crocuses, strawberries, spring bulbs and winter geraniums.
The blossoms have been chosen to guarantee the divider is 'in-bloom' lasting through out the year, pulling in natural life, for example, birds, butterflies and honey bees, and the permanent characteristic will give a vibrant focal point to the neighborhood. The living wall will be one of London's most visually significant and beautiful vertical gardens, brightening the popular tourist walk from Victoria station to the Royal residence.
Also, the divider will improve the air quality in the city, deaden noise and help to keep the hotel cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The vegetation can trap tiny toxins known as particulate matter (PM10s), significant levels of which have been appeared to cause respiratory diseases.
The divider was planned by Gary Grant of the Green Roof Consultancy Ltd and set up and maintained by TreeBox Ltd.