Developer to install 'living wall' to combat Brighton air pollution

A glimpse at a piece of 'the living wall', set to be installed at Edward Street
A glimpse at a piece of 'the living wall', set to be installed at Edward Street

The developer of the old Amex headquarters is to install a 'living wall' which is said to reduce harmful air pollutants.

Property developer First Base has submitted plans to Brighton and Hove City Council for 168 homes and workspace for up to 1,250 people at Amex House on Edward Street.

First Base's plans for the old Amex House site

First Base's plans for the old Amex House site

It said the moss-covered wall, called the CityTree, activates a ventilation system in which airflow can be increased and cleans the air with the same purifying power as 275 real trees.

The wall filters out certain moss cultures and absorbs air pollutants, First Base said.

The installation also has a host of useful elements, including a built-in rain-water collection unit, a Wi-Fi beacon and a nutrient tank and irrigation tank for the unit to water itself.

First Base also plans to introduce 162 new elm and sycamore trees and 45 plant species to the development.

Steve Eccles, project director at First Base, said: “Urban living comes with challenges and that is why we will be introducing measures to improve the air quality in the Edward Street area by planting trees and new plant species and, most importantly, by innovations such as the CityTree which uses plants to filter the air, allowing leaves to absorb more pollution without clogging up the surface.”

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