Green light for Citicape House, featuring Europe's largest living wall

30th January 2020

The Sheppard Robson-designed project with the largest living wall in Europe has been approved by the City of London.

Under the plans, Citicape House will be devloped into a new 11-storey gateway building to the newly-established Culture Mile. The scheme with its eye-catching sustainable façade on the corner of Snow Hill was unanimously approved by the City of London’s planning committee on the 28th of January.

The 0.2ha site will be developed to provide 3,741m² of office space, a 382-bed hotel with restaurant and bar and a publicly accessible rooftop terrace, and will boast a 3,700m² living or green wall made up of approximately 400,000 plants, which will cover the entire façade of the building, and a public viewing gallery.

The new living cladding system would provide seven tonnes of fresh air and extract nine tonnes of CO2 each year and would be the largest in Europe, according to the developer.

Alastair Moss, Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee, said: ’[The City] welcomes radical and pioneering ideas as we look to create cleaner and greener spaces for City residents, workers and visitors.’

Read the full article from the Architects Journal.