Recycled drink cans and garden waste will soon become part of the City landscape in a project to refurbish Thames-side building with a living wall.
Planning permission has been granted by the City of London Corporation for a five storey living wall to be built at 20 Cousin Lane using approximately two metric tonnes of recycled aluminium and 1.5 tonnes of compost, made from recycled garden waste.
The project, for client PSR Agency Limited, is the culmination of work between planners at the City Corporation, Veolia UK and Red Squirrel Architects to design a building representing circular economy principles, and demonstrating how recycling plays an important role in protecting and preserving the environment.
Cans that have been recovered from Veolia UK’s Materials Recovery Facility in Southwark, which sorts recycling collected from homes and businesses in the City of London, will be used in the process. They will be shredded and re-cast by a specialist metal fabricator near London into latticed modular honeycomb panels. The aluminium panels will be hung within a grid of recycled steel girders. Compost made from recycled garden waste will be used to plant an extensive wall and planter boxes on the buildings facades.
The project is expected to be completed in 2021.
City of London Corporation Planning and Transportation Chair Alastair Moss said:
“This innovative, radical project is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when designers and planners work together and think outside the box…I hope its message of a circular economy will influence everyone to recycle more and consider their own impact on the environment.”
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Red Squirrel Architects