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Capita Symonds reveals 'Living Building' for Ecobuild

Capita Symonds has unveiled plans for a ‘living building’ at Ecobuild, the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment, which takes place at Earl’s Court from 2-4 March 2010

Designed by Chelsea Flower Show gold medal-winner Patrick Collins and Capita Symonds’ landplanning division – Capita Lovejoy – the 10x10x8m ‘green cube’ structure is designed to ‘highlight the importance of green infrastructure in the built environment’.

Part of ‘Cityscape’ – the event’s public realm space – the building features over 50 species of plant, including indigenous and ornamental evergreen perennials, grasses and ferns. It also demonstrates the use of living walls in conjunction with architectural products, particularly UK grown and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified timber cladding.

The walls are being grown and assembled off-site before being erected during a three-day build at the venue.

During the course of the conference, the structure’s interior space will host a variety of events and displays about green infrastructure, including a series of videos and presentation materials from Natural England.

Patrick Collins says: ‘We wanted to highlight the importance of sustainable green infrastructure in the built environment and promote the use and understanding of some of the latest environmental and living wall technologies. We’ve created something unexpected and memorable at the centre of the show, a place where people could experience something completely different away from the crowds. It is intended to be an iconic and thought provoking display, a celebration of sustainability, and a centre for debate.’

  • Capita Symonds will be running a series of debates and events in the green cube structure during the course of the Ecobuild conference. Speakers include Joe Duckworth, CEO of Newham Council; Tony Douglas (ex CEO of Heathrow for BAA); Chris Brown, Igloo Regeneration; and Richard Woods, one of the UK’s leading experts on sustainable school design

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