When an existing client, AJW Aviation, asked Urban Planters Sussex to create a large living wall for its new campus in West Sussex, they asked for as much colour as possible. This was no easy task, given the types of specimens available for use on a wall structure.
However, with careful planning by Urban Planters, along with the client and leading UK living wall supplier Biotecture, a range of plants were selected to create a pattern of sweeping lines in a variety of colours, including reds, oranges, white and, of course, various shades of green.
The wall was constructed by Biotecture in their greenhouse in Chichester, allowing the plants to mature for eight weeks before being transferred to the client’s site.
The resulting 6.5 by 4.0 metre wall stands in the centre well of the new building, providing a bright focal point for AJW’s employees across two floors.
As well as its striking visual impact, the wall also has a state-of-the-art irrigation system which is computer controlled and can be monitored and adjusted remotely over the internet.
The client is an enthusiastic gardener and was keen to provide his employees with a top quality environment in which to work. So once the living wall was installed and the building handed over after construction had finished. We were then asked to add more free-standing indoor and outdoor plant displays.
The scheme was to compliment the interior fittings of this brand new building, so we worked closely with the designers to ensure all areas were coordinated. A very limited palette was being used throughout the building so a simple gloss white was used for all pots except for the executive offices; here the wood panelling of the offices was reflected with Tropical planter pots.
Our Sussex branch continues to maintain and monitor the wall and all the plant displays, to ensure they all continue to flourish.