When Waitrose opened its Bracknell store at the end of last year it was announced as their greenest yet. It is a remarkable example of how sustainable and environmental design is truly at the heart of all new developments. A key feature at this store is one of our beautiful LivePanel Living Walls which, at 49 square metres, is hard to miss when you arrive to do your shopping.
It truly is an array of colour. The plants chosen to feature in this wall are from a large variety of colourful and variegated plants to ensure that it remains an attractive feature all year round. Our plants were specially grown off site and delivered ready for the installation so that all in all it took our contractors, Hedera Screens, only 3 days to install on site.
The beauty of our LivePanels is not just in there aesthetic value it is also in that they are extremely flexible in design and offer extensive environmental benefits. In terms of scale and size there really are no boundaries and we can create bespoke designs to suit the topography and weather conditions of each site. We can even build in company logos, choose specific colours and ensure the wall stays green through the winter months.
Historically, there have been issues involved with planting and maintaining living walls however the design and systems we use overcome any failure problems. Put simply, we use a modular construction system meaning that the panes can be easily adjusted to fit any space. The sections have a specially developed substrate which is designed to enable the plants to easily establish themselves and thrive. There is an integrated automated irrigation system which provides the plants with essential water and nutrients to ensure that they are kept in the best condition and mitigates against the human error of forgetting to water them! The panels are installed onto the face of the building and secured by an aluminium frame.
One of the most advantageous benefits about our LivePanel system is that it is extremely low maintenance leaving it a hassle free addition to help enhance the appearance of buildings.