Whilst on holiday earlier this year my eye was drawn to the vast main meeting area of the Woburn Sands a (relatively) new Center Parcs complex. Which boasts to having one of the largest green roofs in the UK (8500 meters squared if you care to know).
Aesthetically it is a really powerful addition to the site. Enclosed within acres of Bedfordshire forestland, from most angles, your view is not completely dominated by great chunks of the steel structure.
Not only do these living walls and green roofs make for a more digestible addition to our landscapes, as the below report outlines, they have great benefits to pollution (both environment and us) and act as acoustic barriers too.
‘Living walls’ can play a significant role in tackling toxic air hot spots in cities, says the report. It highlights the contribution of ‘green building envelopes’, such as moss and vegetated walls, vertical farming and roof gardens. Worldwide, 3.7 million premature deaths in 2012 were attributed to exposure to poor air quality. Approximately 200,000 of these were in Europe and 900,000 in south-east Asia. Green envelopes, often dismissed as “architectural window dressing”, can reduce localised air pollution by up to 20% in some locations, rapidly reducing toxic air at street level, says Arup.