Stunning living wall at Maidstone Innovation Centre

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As part of Big Green Week, which ran from September 18 to 26, Maidstone Innovation Centre has planted a ‘living wall’ that includes more than 10,000 plants. It incorporates a range of species indigenous to the local area, which will bloom all year round, attracting bees and butterflies.

The wall covers 90.5 square metres to help reduce the carbon footprint of the building, keeping it cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It will also act as a natural sound insulator, and oxygen released by the plants will assist with air purification. Situated beside junction seven of the M20, the building is scheduled to be open for business next summer.

Maidstone Borough Council Leader, Councillor David Burton said: “Great Big Green Week is all about celebrating action on climate change and we’re delighted to share how the Council is doing its bit with this build.

“A green approach was a vital part of the design of the Maidstone Innovation Centre. It’s fantastic to see how all these elements have come together. It means tenants can expect not only a high spec building using efficient, eco-friendly technology but also a more pleasant working environment. We look forward to welcoming them to the centre when it opens later this year.”

The living wall is just one of many sustainable features of the Maidstone Innovation Centre which offers flexible office space to life science, healthcare and medical sectors, and is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020.

Maidstone business, The Little Green Energy Company, which supplies and installs the industry’s most advanced solar power technology, SunPower, was chosen to fit solar panels on the roof of the building, providing cleaner, more efficient energy….”

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