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An artist's impression of the building

Top green credentials for Middlesex living wall

Living walls and roof make new Middlesex University building super green

Posted by Stephanie Broad | January 05, 2016 | Sustainability

With four living walls and a living roof, the newest building on Middlesex University’s Hendon campus affords top-level green credentials.

The £14m, five-story, 3,300 square metres square structure boasts a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment (BREEAM) environmental rating of Excellent.

Carpeted with plants grown on recycled rainwater collected from the roof, the green walls absorb 80% of rain, minimising the rainwater discharge into the public sewer.

The proposed view of the entrance

‘Forum North’ will house elements of the University’s schools of Science and Technology, Art & Design and Media & Performing Arts. 

Graham Wilson, director at architects bpr, said: “This will have a significant impact on the landscaped environment around the building. It will also attract a variety of species of birds and bugs and enhance the local ecology and environment.” 

Built by contractors, Interserve, the building itself is “designed to be a flexible space that can be adapted to the changing demands of the University going forward,” Mr Wilson explained. “So subsequently, different subjects will be able to occupy it. There are double height structural frame ceilings which will allow future removal of some floors, so we could take out or add an additional floor to accommodate changing needs.”

Barnet Mayor, Mark Shooter cemented in the final bricks in a recent ‘topping out’ ceremony with University Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Blackman.

Middlesex University Director of Estates and Facilities, Andrew Dickie said: “This building is a symbol of the University’s continuing commitment to provide top class facilities for students at Middlesex.”

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