Arup and Grosvenor champion new 'living wall' technology

Arup, together with Grosvenor have unveiled an innovative new ‘living wall’ in Mayfair which has the potential to reduce air pollution by up to 20%.
The structure, which is being trialed in the UK for the first time, has been installed on scaffolding at the St Mark’s building, a Grade I listed property. Grosvenor is transforming the property to create new retail and community space, which is due to complete in 2017.

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Removable green roof in Hull

A removable green roof has been installed at a water pumping station in Hull. 

Though to be the UK's first removable green roof, the 500 square metre roof is made up of a series of section of pre-grown mats that can be easily lifted and moved.

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"Our Resilient Glasgow"

Arup, a member of the Scottish Green Infrastructure Forum is supporting 12 cities as Strategy Partner in the part of the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC). They have produced "Our Resilient Glasgow", a document which introduces the City of Glasgow’s resilience strategy for 2016-2020. It is the first fully integrated response to resilience in Scotland and the first resilience strategy to be developed in the United Kingdom as part of 100 Resilient Cities – pioneered by the Rockefeller (100RC).

Key features

Our Resilient Glasgow provides an action plan that will be delivered through existing organisations, structural connections and delivery mechanisms. It highlights resilience as an explicit and intended consequence of strategies, initiatives and actions. The strategy commits the city and its stakeholders to action around four themes.

  • Empowering Glaswegians
  • Unlocking place based solutions
  • Supporting the economy
  • Fostering civic participation

The city’s delivery of their resilience strategy will be monitored using an evaluation framework that will enable city partners to understand how their own contribution can help to secure the city’s long term resilience.

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Green roofed garden centre to serve act as A90 "landmark"

Lippe Architects have tabled plans for a green roofed garden centre by the side of the main road linking Aberdeen with Stonehaven, replacing the former Hillside filling station.

Modelled on Norr’s eco-roof at its St Andrews Old Course storage facility the centre would offer 1,910sq/m of space arranged over two levels with a large area of glazing oriented to maximise solar gain on a ‘challenging’ site next to the busy A90.

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Sharing Good Practice: Design with Nature

Biodiversity - Design with Nature
Sharing Good Practice event

Battleby COnference Centre, near Perth

Improving the design, planning and construction of the built environment around our homes, businesses and neighbourhoods can reap multiple benefits for people and nature. 

Incorporating nature into the design process can be a low-cost way to increase productivity, reduce environmental harm, benefit biodiversity and helps to deliver the placemaking, health and other outcomes for those who live in the neighbourhood. 

This event is linked to 2016 Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and offers participants an opportunity to learn from and share successful design ideas for both new and existing places across Scotland and beyond. There will be a marketplace, workshops, and presentations designed to promote discussion and encourage networking. 

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