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Client Background

The Longbridge store is part of a retail development at the site which was previously the MG Rover car factory. Viritopia's living wall installation has added greenery to the area and boosted the environmental credentials, as well as fitting with the aspirations of the M&S eco policy Plan A.

Featured Solution

  • Viritopia Living Wall System (Exterior)

Size:     147m²

Dust captured:     191kg per year

O2 produced:     249 kg per year

Project Drivers


Social Impact

Air Quality

tree and living wall at a marks and spencer foodhall supermarket

Past successes...

We were chosen by M&S following our compatibility and success on previous Viritopia Living Wall features for other M&S stores, including Newcastle's Northumberland Street store.  The living wall features 20 indigenous plant species to encourage biodiversity.

Our living walls are irrigated by rainwater which is captured on the roof by a rainwater harvesting system, and controlled from the team's offices in West Sussex.  The rainwater is stored onsite until it is needed, and it is also utilised inside the building as toilet water.

living wall and tree outside a supermarket and car park

Partners on the project

We worked with M&S and Benoy (Architects).

living wall and flowers on side of a commercial building

The colour palette is in-keeping with M&S's corporate style using many different shades of green and utilising evergreen plants which stay active all year round, not dying off in the colder months.

Steve McIntyre

Principal Urban Environment Consultant at Viritopia