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Green walls

New Street Square green wall

We encourage architects and developers to install green walls on buildings for their many environmental benefits. Explore our examples of recent developments in the City that incorporate green walls.​

New Street Square 

These were the first green walls to be installed in the City. The two-storey service building, which forms part of a larger development, has green walls on three sides. It contributes an attractive element to the public square, provides relief from the surrounding hard surfaces and, together with nearby water features, reduces the urban heat island effect.

20 Fenchurch Street green wall

20 Fenchurch Street

This tall building has been designed with sustainability as an important consideration. Among other environmentally-friendly measures, the site features a green wall located on the north elevation of the annexe, measuring 60 metres in length and 12 metres in height. To avoid soil being washed down onto the surfaces below, a hydroponic base is used to contain the small shrubs on the wall, and a rear drainage void has been installed for the surplus water runoff. All the planting is irrigated automatically from beneath the surface and the planters have their own drainage systems. The green wall’s plants have been chosen specially for their ability to adapt to the local environmental conditions.

52 Minories green wall

​52 Minories

Located at the eastern edge of the City, this student accommodation features a green wall on its northern annexe. The plants are supported by cladding rails and are maintained by a built-in irrigation and drainage system. The easy maintenance of these plants means only occasional pruning is required, and their variety of colours makes an attractive addition to the view from adjacent King George’s Field.

Puddle Dock green wall

​Puddle Dock

Located next to Blackfriars Station and the busy Upper Thames Street thoroughfare, the 120 square metre green wall at the Mermaid Conference & Events Centre reduces pollution from nearby roads. The vibrant planting thrives in the underpass, while its swirling design is inspired by the nearby Thames and the Mermaid venue itself.
Like other green walls it helps to enhance the appearance of the area and encourage biodiversity.

See our green roof page.

01 August 2014
Last Modified:
07 June 2019