Covent Garden Continues To Grow With Reveal Of Living Wall

The gateway to Covent Garden will be transformed into a ‘vertical park’ with a living wall covering over 1,500 sq ft of the building facade to be revealed in September on the corner of Long Acre and James Street - part of a greening initiative recreating the area’s garden heritage.  The wall will have varying tones of green with red, pink and mauve, designed so that points of interest are visible year round, evoking Covent Garden’s colourful past as a Flower Market.                                                                                                                                    

Over 8,000 plants and 21 different species will be planted over an area of 1,500sq ft with multiple purposes - to refine the quality of the air, increase the area’s biodiversity, capture pollution particles and offer the beauty of a vertical park. It will be watered by a drip irrigation system which will be run on up to 80% rainwater harvesting dependent on the weather and season.

Designed by expert living wall specialists Biotecture, who abseiled down the building’s façade to plant the living wall, the plants chosen have been considered for biodiversity providing for birds and insects as well as for their environmental benefits in improving air quality.  Amongst the wildlife the flora is expected to attract are birds as well as bees and butterflies.

The living wall is the latest development in the re-greening of Covent Garden which is already blooming thanks to over 100 flower crates and barrows around the Piazza, a nod to the market heritage of the area. Elements of the award winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden ‘500 Years of Covent Garden’, including 60 year old apple trees were installed on the Piazza in June providing a summer terrace garden for visitors.

Michelle McGrath, Director, Capco, said; “The introduction of a vertical park creates a world-class entrance to the Covent Garden estate and demonstrates our commitment to the greening of Covent Garden. The installation celebrates the heritage of the area as an orchard and Flower Market, and is a wonderful welcome to visitors of the estate.”






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About Capco Covent Garden:

Covent Garden is a leading global retail and dining address and is one of the most distinct and vibrant estates in London. The area is now home to Chanel, Mulberry, Balthazar and Frenchie, with upcoming openings from Tom Ford, SushiSamba and Petersham Nurseries.

Capital & Counties Properties PLC ('Capco') is responsible for the management and curation of over 1 million sq. ft. of space at Covent Garden valued at £2.4 billion (as at 30 June 2017). Under Capco’s stewardship, Covent Garden has been transformed into a world-class destination, welcoming over 44 million customer visits a year.

About Capital & Counties Properties PLC (Capco):

Capital & Counties Properties PLC is one of the largest investment and development property companies that specialises in central London real estate and is a constituent of the FTSE-250 Index. Capco's landmark London estates at Covent Garden and Earls Court were valued at £3.5 billion as at 30 June 2017 (Group share). The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.