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Mobilane launches irrigation free living wall

Mobilane, the leading supplier of living wall systems and green screens has launched an irrigation-free living wall which is an upgraded version of its popular Live Panel that requires minimal maintenance.

Live Panel 2 is suitable to cover large external walls or interior spaces and is based on exactly the same principle as Live Picture – a product it launched in 2013, which is a framed arrangement of plants designed for small indoor spaces. The Live Panel 2 system uses a tank watering system which is refilled usually no more than once per week, depending on the size of the wall. It is much quicker to install and costs less to maintain making Live Panel 2 being one of the most cost effective living walls on the market.

“Interest in our irrigation free wall has already begun” said Sean Farrell Director of Mobilane “The fact that we have a track record in the industry of providing living walls that are reliable and don’t suffer heavy plant losses means we are well placed to bring new innovative products to the market. This irrigation-free living wall is almost fool proof; all you have to do is to automatically top up the tanks and the wall will really maintain itself.

Farrell continues “With living walls now widely recognised as providing key solutions to air quality problems we anticipate interest in this new product to be equally high. As well as providing cleaner air and health benefits, living walls also create an immediate, and ongoing, talking point.”

Mobilane will showcase its Live Panel 2 product on stand S1312 at Ecobuild 2014 which takes place on 2nd to 4th March 2014.
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Green facelift for Manchester apartment block

A block of flats owned by Eastlands Homes housing association in east Manchester has been given a green facelift with a Mobilane living wall that runs up the full height of the nine-storey building. The installation is one of our tallest installations yet.
The ivy WallPlanters will help to insulate the flats at Worsley Court in Rusholme as well as enhancing the look of the block, which was built in the 60s and is in the process of being refurbished by Eastlands Homes.

Importantly, the ‘green wall’ will also help to reduce pollution levels near the flats; Worsley Court is located on Wilmslow Road, a busy bus corridor with high pollutant levels. In total, nine ivy WallPlanters have been installed by Hedera Screens to cover 100 sq m of the building. The plants will remove the same number of pollutant particulates from the air as four to five average-sized trees, but take up a fraction of the space.

Despite being 44 meters tall, the WallPlanters will be easy to maintain because of a special root zone in the planters that has been designed to give the plants an ideal environment in which to grow. A sophisticated irrigation system supplies water and nutrients as required.

It was installed as part of a project to revamp the apartment block, whichforms part of a project of three multi-storey blocks owned by Eastlands Homes. One of the key priorities in refurbishing this building was to improve the insulation of the flats. The ivy will help to reduce heat loss from the building in winter, while in the summer months it will help to shield the building from the sun’s rays and keep the interior cool.

The finishing touches are added to Mobilane WallPlanters at Worsley Court, Rusholme.