22nd September 2016

Treebox has been working hard the last few months with BPR Architects and Middlesex University to ensure the new Ritterman Building is ready ahead of the new academic year. The five storeys will provide a state of the art teaching space for the School of Science & Technology, Art & Design and Media & Performing Arts. With innovative planning and design throughout the build we hope it will provide an inspiration source not only for students and faculty members but also the local community.

Treebox had the honour of providing the vertical rain garden to the building, with a linear planting design, reflecting the clean and contemporary aesthetic of the project overall. The living wall incorporates leafy evergreens such as Aurea, Polystichym and Sarcococca alongside flowering perennials like Geranium Rozanne, Brunnera and Bowles’s Mauve.

As part of the opening and ahead of the official tour of the living wall, Treebox will be hosting an activity day aimed at getting children out of the classroom and into nature. The day will encourage children to think about the importance of urban greening and some of the innovative ways we can do this. We will be using our ‘Gutter Garden’ design to plant up an area near the wall with seeds which overtime will grow into edible varieties of herbs and leafy vegetables. The ‘Gutter Garden’ can then be relocated to the local primary school providing children with their own urban farming experience.

Armando Raish, Treebox MD said: ‘The opportunity to be involved in designing the new Ritterman Building at The University of Middlesex has been fantastic. The project combines state of the art technology and carefully considered design resulting in a build which is not only in tune with nature aesthetically but who’s foundations have been built on the main principles of environment sustainability. 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. We look forward to watching this wall change with the seasons and become more established as the years progress!