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Live Scaffolding Redefines Green Construction in London

New way to cover unsightly construction and reduce air pollution 20 percent

November 04, 2016

Residents of London's Mayfair neighborhood would never discourage neighbors from improving their pricey properties, but they would really rather not be bothered by the dust and disorder construction renovation brings. It's just so visually messy, you know.

Arup, an international consulting firm, has installed a new kind of scaffolding designed to reduce visual and noise pollution during the renovation of the St Mark's building on North Audley Street.

The former St Mark’s Church was designed in the Greek revival style by John Peter Gandy-Deering in 1828. The Church of England vacated it in 1974 and since 2009 the building has been used as a private events space known as One Mayfair.  Grosvenor, a private development group, acquired the Grade I landmark building last year and is transforming the property to create new retail and community space, which is due to complete in 2017.

The scaffolding wall, named ‘Living Wall Lite’, was designed by Arup and manufactured by Swedish living wall specialist Green Fortune. It spans 80m² and is made from a dense mixture of grasses, flowers and strawberries. The installation reduces the visual impact of scaffolding on local residents. Living Wall Lite is fitted with sensors to monitor how well it muffles noise and absorbs air pollution. Green Fortune says living wall can reduce noise pollution by up to 10 decibels.

Alistair Law, Arup Façade Engineer and the Living Wall Lite’s developer said, "The Living Wall has the potential to transform scaffolding and hoardings into much more than just a cover up. By introducing plants and flowers, we can create a more attractive and healthier environment for local residents, businesses and workers on site.”

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