Bringing our exterior to life
When you visit us this year, you will notice something remarkable happening to the exterior of the building. Standing at 350 square metres and with a total of 10,000 herbaceous plants, the striking Living Wall at the Rubens at the Palace boasts a number of unique innovations.
Designed to provide waves of blossoming plants throughout the year, you will find the colourful Living Wall a unique talking point as you stroll through the area. Plus, it will provide wildlife habitat, help keep the hotel cooler in summer and warmer in winter, so is very environmentally friendly. We take the issue of sustainable tourism very seriously and this wall will minimise the hotel’s impact on the environment but also improve the air quality and aesthetic in this part of London.
The plant list includes a wide variety of native species and those deemed by the Royal Horticultural Society as attracting insect pollinators – drawing bees, butterflies and birds, which is crucial in light of the decline in the bee population and the government’s recent announcement for an urgent review. Buttercups, two varieties of crocus and strawberries will particularly attract butterflies and bees. From spring bulbs to winter geraniums, the plants have been selected with seasonal colour in mind, ranging from blues, pinks, purples, whites and yellows.
The Rubens at the Palace was identified as a suitable location during the Victoria Business Improvement District Green Infrastructure Audit one of several funded by the Greater London Authority The wall was designed by Gary Grant of the Green Roof Consultancy Ltd and installed and maintained by TreeBox Ltd.