Children from St Mary's & St John's Primary School in front of the Ritterman Building's Living Wall
As part of the launch of Middlesex’s Living Wall pupils from St Mary's & St John's and Sunnyfields primary schools were invited to an activity day aimed at bringing them closer to nature. Company Treebox, who developed the Living Wall, led a number of educational activities to teach the pupils the value of urban greenery.
Dr Dirk Wildeboer, Senior Lecturer in Bioscience and Biomedical Science at Middlesex, led an interactive session to show how plants help to clean urban air and prevent flooding. Treebox then gave the pupils a taste of urban farming as they planted their own seeds.
Children from Sunnyfields Primary School learning how plants reduce air pollution
The seeds planted during the activity day will initially be part of a ‘Gutter Garden’, close to the Living Wall, before being moved to the two primary schools so the children can continue to learn about urban farming.
Armando Raish, Managing Director of Treebox, is very proud of the company’s contribution to the Ritterman Building. “The living wall, containing some 3,500 plants, provides a visual representation of what the building stands for, exhibiting how technology can combine with nature to achieve smart sustainable design,” says Armando.
“We look forward to watching this wall change with the seasons and become more established as the years progress.” Armando Raish, Treebox MD
As well as the Living Wall, the Ritterman Building features an environmentally-friendly, bio-diverse green living roof, solar panels to generate electricity and energy efficient lighting controls.
The building provides 3,300 square meters of additional teaching space, with specialist areas including state-of-the-art science labs and a large dance studio.
The Ritterman Building's Living Wall, featuring over 3,500 plants
“The Ritterman Building shows that Middlesex continues to provide our students with a world-class learning environment equipped with the latest facilities and technology,” says Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Blackman.
“The University is committed to an outstanding student experience. Since 2000 alone we have invested over £200million into Hendon to create one of the best campuses in London and continue our reputation among employers for graduates taught in industry-standard settings with the skills they need.”
The Ritterman Building will be officially opened in January 2017.
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