The living walls and boat planters in the Atrium and Level 1 Reception form the Central Square Winter Gardens.
Living walls are beneficial to businesses not only for the health and environmental benefits but also for the impact of having lots of greenery in a building but without taking up the floor space, which fits in nicely with minimalistic trends. Green walls have become increasingly popular over recent years, they are beneficial to tenants in reducing the use of CO2, reducing running costs of the building and therefore contribute to our achieving the BREEAM standard for the building.
Maintaining the green wall is also an interesting procedure, which Central Square staff get asked about quite a lot. The interior walls have over 6500 individual plant pots that need watering weekly, this could take a bit of time with your regular watering can! Every Friday morning, Bill comes to Central Square to water and prune the plants, the watering system consists of a pipe which runs from the top of the walls to the bottom, once water is poured into the pipe, it fills a chamber behind the plants which then seeps up into the roots to give them a nice big drink for at least a week! Large scale maintenance work is carried out overnight to minimise the disruption to our tenants.
The walls consist of four different plants, Begonias, which are the beautiful silver or purple leaves to add some colour, Spider plants which are the green and white leafed plants, sprouting little white flowers in the springtime, these look fantastic on the wall due to how robust they are. The green leafy looking plants on the wall are Philodendron, which translates in Greek to Philo - ‘love’ and ‘dendron’ which means tree. You might also notice on the lower level some lemon and lime tipped plants called Dracaena adding a little bit more pattern to break up the taller walls in the atrium - native to Africa these sumptuous succulents are probably one of the more common houses or office plants you will come across.
The plants in the boat planters are changed 4 times a year, often to reflect a particular time of year, for example, red at Christmas and New Year. The boat planters in the Atrium have built-in seating to encourage visitors in the Atrium to sit and rest. The planters contain Sansevieria, commonly known as the ‘mother in law’s tongue’ and a Ficus Benjamina, a 2 metre climbing tree.