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Better air quality for the busy urban streets of Newcastle

Founded in 1884, M&S has grown from a single market stall to an international, multi-channel retailer. Selling stylish, high quality, great value clothing and home products as well as outstanding quality food, responsibly sourced from around 3,000 suppliers globally, M&S has it all covered; especially when it comes to living walls on their stores!

Featured Solutions:

  • Exterior Living Wall

Size:     25m² - 150m²

Industry:     Retail Stores & Shopping Malls

Project Drivers


Social Impact

Air Quality

M&S Newcastle storefront

Scope of works

The Viritopia Living Wall system has been proved by M&S as being the most sustainable, boasting very little water usage and an organic substrate. 

View from below

Design based on individual stores

This enables us to have natural living walls with indigenous planting in each varied location. We design the planting palate and the rainwater harvesting systems based on individual stores whether they are new build or retro-fitted. However, although the plant species are varied based on each location, the visual appearance of the M&S brand is kept consistent.

Close up of the Living Wall

M&S Newcastle is one of our most important stores and the finished green wall and store’s eco energy refit is hugely exciting for everyone at the company. We hope the completion of this project will boost Northumberland Street, and provide our customers with an improved shopping experience. The green wall is a real standout, and with summer just around the corner it will be exciting to watch it continue to flourish.

Evergreen all year round

The living walls at Newcastle always evergreen with colour and interest throughout the changing seasons. They also provide a cleaner air quality to the busy urban streets and precincts. 

Evergreen, even at Christmas