living walls

eOffice and Meristem team up to create London’s greenest serviced office provider

eOffice and Meristem team up to create London’s greenest serviced office provider

eOffice, one of the most dynamic office providers offering shared workspaces in more than 120
cities, across 60 countries.

Meristem have greened up several of their offices including their head office in Fitzrovia.

The concept of biophilia (meaning love of nature) highlights an innate connection and attraction
between humans, nature and natural processes, which more recently has been recognised as a key consideration when designing and developing workspaces.

Meristem Starts Rolling Out Green Screens at Schools as Part of the Mayor's Air Quality Drive

As part of Sadiq Khan’s plans to improve pollution 50 ‘air quality audits’ for primary schools in the worst polluted areas in London have taken place to identify hard-hitting measures to protect the children from toxic air.

During the Easter break Meristem installed Green Screens at Prior Weston Primary School in the City of London, this was the 1st school to be audited.  This project was successfully funded by City of London's City Air Project  and the construction company Taylor Wimpey.

We planted 40 ivy screens (1.2mx1.8m) along the fence of the playground, the planters were built on site from sleepers and lined with a membrane, creating vast amount of seating.

The screen covered a total of 46m and a height of 2m which has refreshed the school playground, bringing green to a grey space.  

Prior Weston School
Prior Weston School
Ivy Screens
Ivy Screens

The second school we completed during the Easter Break was St Peter’s Eaton Square C. of E. Primary School located in an area of London that has high levels of air pollution from the volume of traffic in and around Victoria mainline station and Victoria National Bus station.

The project was funded by the Mayor’s Greener City Fund and Grosvenor Estates.

We planted a series of  ivy screens 2.3m high in 7 custom made planters along the rear wall between the busy road and the playground. Rosemary, mint, thyme and sage were planted at the base of the ivy screens. 5 olive trees were also planted with vinca minor and grasses, with a bench between 2 of them to create more seating.

The school also hopes to incorporate the green screen and planting into the children’s basic education about caring for the planet, including learning about the herbs and how to care for the all the plants. The school said they "want the children to become the adults who can help reduce the harmful impact of climate change and create a better London and world”.

Peter’s Eaton Square C. of E. Primary School
Ivy Screens

Air Quality Benefits:

A recent study by the GLA and Defra at a school in Kensington showed:

‘The ivy screen led to a decrease in the pollution concentrations on the playground side of the screen by up to 36% and 41% for NO2 and PM10, respectively’.

The living ivy wall also increases biodiversity as it attracts insects, bees, butterflies and birds.  Ivy screens help to reduce noise pollution, acting as a vegetative acoustic barrier. Offering an attractive, aesthetic alternative to walls and fencing, turning grey spaces to green.

Little maintenance is required with drip line irrigation installed to help the ivy thrive and only yearly pruning needed.

If you have a school or building in a polluted area that can benefit from our green screens then contact us.

The mayor made the announcemnt in September 2017 as he met pupils from Prior Weston Primary School in Islington. Source:  BBC

The mayor made the announcemnt in September 2017 as he met pupils from Prior Weston Primary School in Islington. Source: BBC

Verdant Viaduct - Borough Market Living Wall

Come and see our latest living wall project at Borough Market.

This living wall is part of Better Bankside’s Urban Greening and Placemaking Initiatives which aim to improve the public realm in the local area.

The wall helps to reclaim a grey and unused space in the one of the largest and oldest food markets in London, as well as acting as a natural air filter.

We removed a section of a living wall that was struggling and added 82 plants to the main wall to give it a new lease of life. The existing plants were covered in dust and pollution particulates which all had to be cleaned.

We planted a combination of convolvulus arvensis, erysimum (‘Bowles’s Mauve), liriope muscaris, asplenium scolopendrium, polystichum tsus-simense and alpine flowering plants, including gypsophila and dianthus freynii. These were put in to complement the existing scheme of sarcococca ruscifolia, hedera (ivy) and fatsia japonica.

The project challenges included safely carrying out the works at a height of 6m next to a busy pub and in an area with high footfall.

We are very pleased by the outcome and looking forward to it thriving in the months ahead.

Please contact us for further information on our latest projects.

 

 

 

North Finchley Living Wall

Meristem were delighted to work on this exciting greening project in North Finchley. A substrate gravity-fed closed living wall system was installed to create a beautiful aesthetic focal point to the building. In addition to this a bespoke hanging planter system was designed and installed to form a vertical trailing effect of greenery through two floors.

Internal greening solutions are a fantastic way to maximise oxygenation and absorption of PM10s (small particles and dust) and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) found in everyday items such as carpets, paint and cleaning products. Internal vegetation can improve wellbeing, productivity and performance and health whilst improving the internal environment.

Clapham Living Wall

Our latest living wall installation has created beautiful backdrop to a residential garden in Clapham that draws the eye through the house. A mixture of ferns, erysimum, convolvulus, liriope muscari and festuca glauca elijah blue were used to bring striking colours  to an urban back garden. A swirl of erysimum bowles mauve was planted in the centre of the wall to create a swathe of purple flowers which will be out in full bloom come spring.

Meristem Present at Healthy Streets 2017

Meristem Design were asked to present at the Healthy Streets event on the 28th Sept at Waltham Forest Town Hall.  During a packed session we presented to a host of local authorities, TfL and London assembly delegates on the subject of Community Pop Up Parklets.

Parklets have been popping up across London and we have been working with a number of London Councils and TfL to bring more to the area. Our modular Parklets which can be arranged in any layout and any size making them suitable for many locations. 

Mayfair Living Wall

Our latest living wall installation created a peaceful courtyard area for our client. We used a mixture of ferns, fatsia japonica, convolvulus, berginia and rosemary to bring luscious greenery to an urban back garden.

Map Gift Shop Trellis - ZEN Initiative

We really enjoyed installing our jasmine trellis planter at Map Gift Shop in Archway. This project is part of the fantastic Archway Zero Emissions Neighbourhood scheme.  

 ZEN is a free to join network that helps businesses and residents in the City Fringe area reduce the impact they have on air quality. Free grants of up to £2,000 are available to businesses to improve the work place. 

We are offering free green audits and 10% off on all of our products and services for ZEN members.

 

 

Travels Abroad - living walls everywhere

On a recent trip to Australia and Indonesia we stumbled across living walls everywhere. Have a look at the fantastic planting, the succulents were thriving. We need to have more living walls in public spaces in the UK, Indonesia and Australia seem to be years ahead of us in terms of urban greening.

Living Wall Adelaide