Living Walls in the Workplace
Scotscape operates a proactive and award winning Living Wall division. We have installed living walls all over the British Isles and the rest of Europe and the Middle-East for architects, designers, private individuals and commercial clients. Some of the walls we have installed exceed 700m2 and others are small and compact and fit into small residential spaces, or commercial interiors.
Increase Productivity and Staff Motivation with Green Living Walls
Smart employers are incorporating living walls both in interiors and in outdoor staff recreational areas to bring the health benefits of plants directly to their teams – improving productivity by up to 15% this makes sound economic sense.
Including living walls in any interior space attracts a range of benefits which go way beyond aesthetics, including reduced energy costs, reduced noise levels, air purification from plants, reduction of airborne dust, sound abatement, improved biodiversity and reduction of air temperature in the summer. All of these benefits impact users of buildings at a fundamental level by reducing stress, improving health and improving performance at work, recovery as a patient, even performance as a student.
Researcher Craig Knight of the University of Exeter famously said:
“There is a fashion for minimalist, monochrome styling (in the workplace) which pleases managers because it gives them a sense of control. But in reality it crushes the human spirit and we can now measure that. Adding plants makes people happier and productive.”
It is encouraging is that the benefits of plants can be proven. As far back at 2014 a study researching the benefits of plants in the workplace which involved academics from the University of Exeter, the University of Groningen in The Netherlands, and the University of Queensland, Australia, looked at two large commercial offices in the UK and The Netherlands.
Researchers found that plants significantly increased workplace satisfaction, self-reported levels of focus, and perceived air quality.
“Simply enriching a previously Spartan space with plants served to increase productivity by 15 per cent,” said lead researcher Marlon Nieuwenhuis, from Cardiff University’s School of Psychology.
Our green walls, vertical planting systems and landscaping services support green infrastructure and sustainability targets. For free advice give us a call on 0208 254 5000 or send a message via the Contact Form.