The name for the office building that features Europe’s largest ‘living wall’ has been revealed to be ‘Eden’.
The £36 million scheme is set for completion in 2023 and is being developed by The English Cities Fund in a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal & General, and Homes England.
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The developments are designed to be net-zero carbon when in use and are a part of a wider £1 billion masterplan in central Salford from the ECF Development Partnership.
The 115,000 square foot development containing the 12 storey office block is being built in New Bailey, with the wall featuring birds nests, insect hotels, and hundreds of thousands of plants.
Plans were made according to the UK Green Building Councils 2035-2050 Design for Performance standard and is proposed to be a 5.5-star NABARS UK scheme, making it the first to do so in the region.
Phil Marsden, project director at Muse Developments, said: “Eden is designed to be net zero carbon in operation and achieves the UKGBC’s preliminary energy intensity target for operational energy.”
He continued: “We have also thought carefully about increasing biodiversity, and we have Europe’s largest living wall – where the vast majority of non-glazed elements in the façade are covered by 350,000 plants.”
Some benefits of the living wall are that it actively removes toxins in the atmosphere and provides a habitat for birds, butterflies, and pollinators as well as also improving the thermal performance of the building.
The building will also be completely free of fossil fuels with air source heat pumps that will generate heat as well as cooling and hot water.