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Meristem's Living Wall in the ‘Clean Air Together’ Exhibition at the NLA Building

Meristem's Living Wall in the ‘Clean Air Together’ Exhibition at the NLA Building

Cross Rivers Partnership’s (CRP) is hosting an exhibition on innovative Air Quality projects across London. Meristem were delighted to be chosen as the partners to supply one of our Living Walls and exhibit 3 of our most recent Air Quality Projects.

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.

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.

Parklet Testimonial

Hear what some of the residents and local business owners think of Meristem Design's recently installed Parklet, in Hackney. The scheme is part of the ZEN and LEN schemes, sponsored by Tower Hamlets, Islington and Hackney councils as well as The Mayor of London.

Green Audit at BNP Paribas

We have recently undertaken a Green Audit review at the dual reception spaces at 20 Gracechurch Street, in the City of London. The audit was part of a wider project to refurbish the interior and exterior spaces that lead in from Gracechurch Street and George Yard into the BNP Paribas managed office building.

We undertook a review of the light levels, current interventions, and potential for adding greenery. Please see images below of our before and after renders, which form part of our ongoing collaboration with BNP Paribas. Watch this space!

Please join us at the Parklet, for National Clean Air Day

12 midday - 2pm, 15th June 2017, Calvert Avenue, Shoreditch

The Meristem team would like to invite you to come and visit our newly installed Parklet, on Calvert Avenue, just off Shoreditch High Street, on the 15th of June. The event will be hosted by Hackney Council as part of the LEN (low emissions neighbourhood) initiative, and will be packed full of other urban greening and sustainable transport ideas.

 

The local event is being hosted as part of National Clean Air Day on the 15th June.

About National Clean Air Day

Air pollution is real and harms the health of millions. Unlike other risks to our health, lots of people don’t know what causes air pollution, what effects it has on our bodies or how to reduce our exposure to it.

But there are lots of simple things we can do to improve air quality and look after our own and other people’s health.That’s what National Clean Air Day is all about. It’s a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information with your friends and colleagues, and take action to make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

 

 

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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

Forever Beta's Green Offices

Take a look at the photo's from our recent install at East London based, Forever Beta's new office space. We think our planting scheme has really made this space sing!

Our brief was to 'green-up' Forever Beta's new office space and add some tactility. The blank canvas of a pared back, industrial warehouse with exposed services was a great start. Our key planting elements complement the industrial style in their metal simple forms. We also added a nod to Forever Beta's signature red logo in the use of red rope for hanging planters. Our design is made up by 4 key planting elements.

 

Hanging Pots

We love the versatility of these planters. With the ability to hook onto one another, you can create a pillar of greenery, or a singular basket of green beauty. A mix of trailing plants work well in this planter since it adds to the overall vertical hanging effect the planters have. We used Vinca minor, Hoya linearis, Tradescantia zebrine, Asplenium scolopend, and Philodendron scandens. We positioned the hanging pots in key locations to frame spaces, such as by pillars or to frame the tea point.

Trailing Trays

Adding planting to the ceiling area is a great way to achieve maximum greenery impact. Often office spaces are so fully occupied with furniture and people that a pot plant easily goes a miss. Raising the plants towards the ceiling helps them get noticed. We designed a series of trays to hang from the signature Forever Beta red rope from the ceiling. Similar to the hanging pots, the trays helped frame the space and added an industrial element to the existing exposed services of the building. We planted Cissus rhombifolia and Ellen danica .

Bottle Buckets

These vintage bottle bins are a great find, a brilliant creative reuse for planters. They are on castors meaning they can be moved around the office space. The substantial metal planters and plants that will continue to fill out, create a visual and acoustic barrier in the office space. The mix of tropical type plants which are great for indoor use were; Epipemnum aureum, Phlebodium 'Blue Star', Alocasia x amazonica, Tradescantia zebrine, Aspenium scolopend Crispa, Howea foresteriana, Zamioculus zamiifolia.

Succu-love

In Forever Beta's new darkly painted boardroom, we chose terracotta planters and a mix of cacti and succulents to give the space a desert like feeling. We particularly love the giant cacti that stands proud and majestic central boardroom. Using the window cill for lining up the mini cacti and succulents means the sun entering on these beauties will fuel their growth.