Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and Arup have installed a new type of ‘living wall’ in the UK for the first time, with the technology fitted to scaffolding in Mayfair, London.The 80sq m ‘Living Wall Lite’ comprises a mixture of grasses, flowers and strawberries. According to Arup, the structure has been installed on scaffolding at the St Mark’s building on North Audley Street. Grosvenor is transforming the property into retail and community space, due to be completed in 2017.Besides the potential to reduce air pollution, Arup’s ‘Cities Alive: Green Building Envelope’ report has also shown that ‘living walls’ can reduce noise pollution by up to 10 decibels. Grosvenor development director Mark Tredwell said: “This is a great initiative and is in line with our long-term ambition to improve the environmental sustainability of the buildings across our London estate, reducing emissions by 50% by 2030. As the estate continues to adapt and evolve we want to ensure that the impact on the community is positive. As well as reducing air pollution, we hope the ‘living wall’ will introduce a rich biodiversity to Mayfair and encourage people to linger in the area.” Alistair Law, Arup façade engineer and the ‘Living Wall Lite’ developer said: “Living Wall Lite 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.”The ‘living wall’, designed by Arup and manufactured by Swedish ‘living wall’ specialist Green Fortune, will be fitted with sensors to monitor its impact on noise, temperature and air pollution.Find more information on ‘living walls’ here.
Woking Borough Council has approved the construction of three residential towers in Woking, UK.
Hammerson and Standard Life Investments have unveiled plans for the £1.4bn redevelopment of the Brent Cross Shopping Centre in London, UK.
UK-based developer Crest Nicholson is set to unveil its new £116M Dylon Works scheme in Lower Sydenham, London in November 2016.
Bournemouth Development Company plans to construct a £150M mixed-used development on the former Winter Gardens site in Bournemouth.
London & Scottish Developments (L&SD) is set to regenerate 14 dormant Tesco sites across Scotland.
UK-based construction company Laing O’Rourke has been appointed main contractor by TH Real Estate and APG for a £1bn retail and leisure centre project in Scotland, UK.
UK-based Clugston Construction has won a contract to build a new £60M Ikea store in Sheffield, UK.
Radius Group will construct a new warehousing and logistics centre in the Domodedovo district of Moscow, for Auchan Retail Russia.
UK-based regeneration specialist St. Modwen Properties has begun construction on the £150M regeneration scheme on Great Homer Street in Liverpool, UK.
Drum Property Group has submitted plans to the City of Aberdeen Council for a new £100M retail park in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Developer British Land and Singapore-based sovereign wealth fund GIC have secured planning consent for the construction of a new office tower in London, UK.
Development partners U+I and Rioja Developments have secured planning consent for the development of a £110M outlet-shopping destination in Cannock, UK.
Muse Developments in collaboration with Network Rail has secured planning approval from Manchester City Council’s planning committee for the construction of a £185M mixed-use project in Manchester, UK.
Plans for the third building at the Arena Central development have been submitted to Birmingham City Council.
Cheshire West and Chester Council has given the go-ahead to a £300M retail-led, mixed-use project in the Northgate area of Chester, UK.
Mixed-use property regeneration specialist U+I has been selected by the Mayfield Partnership to develop a £800M urban regeneration project in Manchester, UK.
A joint venture between Moda Living and Apache Capital Partners has unveiled plans for a £145M apartment tower in Birmingham, UK.
Developers Great Western Developments and Sellar Paddington have submitted revised plans for the £775M Paddington Quarter project in West London.
NT Killingley Ltd has started site enabling works for phase one of the £75M Basin Square project in the UK.The Basin Square project — part of the £320M Chesterfield Waterside scheme — will involve the construction of a hotel, retail units, apartments, a multi-storey car park and offices. The earthwork and landscaping contractor is using its cutting-edge modelling capabilities and GPS controlled excavators and bulldozers to rework the site levels. Peter Swallow, managing director at the project’s developer Bolsterstone Plc, said: “I am delighted that the development is making progress. This is a significant step forward for Chesterfield Waterside, which will allow us to move into the construction phase next year. “Once preparation works are complete and the infrastructure is in place, it will facilitate delivery of development on both Basin Square and The Park, enabling us to progress with the second phase of detailed planning applications for the buildings themselves shortly afterwards.”The works follow the £2.7M Sheffield City Region Infrastructure Fund (SCRIF) grant award earlier this year. A planning application has also been submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council for illustrative proposals, indicating the height and massing for the buildings to be constructed in Basin Square.The project, once completed, is expected to create 300 jobs. Additional progress on the scheme includes the planning permission award to replace the road bridge over the river Rother on the former Laver timber yard site — to serve The Park residential development — and the submission of a planning application for the works required to re-open a stretch of the Chesterfield canal.The first phase of the residential housing at Chesterfield Waterside — comprising 19 new homes — was completed in 2015, with the proprieties now fully occupied.