Heathrow has unveiled the UK’s first airport Garden Gate – made up of 1680 living plants – at Terminal 3! The Garden Gate will be trialled for the next 6 months and if it’s successful, Heathrow will explore implementing more across the airport.
The installation is located at Gate 25 in Terminal 3 and includes English native Ivy and Peace Lilly among others. It was installed by urban greening specialists Biotecture who have also installed features at the Walkie Talkie Building and Edware Road tube stations in London.
Heathrow’s Garden Gate is its latest effort to make every journey better, following a record-breaking first half of 2016 which saw the highest passenger satisfaction scores to date. It will provide an eco-sanctuary within Britain’s busiest airport. Academic research points to a correlation between calm, comfort and relaxation and exposure to plants.
On average, 287,274 passengers go through Gate 25, Terminal 3, every year.
More about the Garden Gate
The Garden Gate is comprised of 7 panels, 1.8m high x 2.4m wide, each containing 240 plants. Each plant panel is fitted with a water reservoir and nutrient system which allows the wall to flourish for an extended period of time in an artificial environment. Advancements in LED technology enables indoor plant growth using less energy (e.g. more light and less heat).
The plant selection is largely based on early research conducted by Dr Bill Wolverton on behalf of NASA to prove that plants, namely the English Ivy and the Peace Lily, absorbed the air around them, translocated it to their roots, where organisms turned some air particles into food for the plant.
Director of Biotecture Richard Sabin explained about how the gate is just part of a rise in eco-technologies in the UK.
“The Garden Gate at Heathrow is the latest, and perhaps most iconic, living wall representing the advancement of eco-technologies in the UK. The world’s major cities are increasingly investing in green infrastructure, and the Garden Gate, both technically and ecologically, is cutting edge for its ease of installation, unique plant selection and LED lighting system,” Sabin said.
“As the nexus of transit and technology, transportation hubs are ideal locations for green infrastructure to become an investment in public health and wellbeing.” Director of Biotecture, Richard Sabin
Why not check out our flower map of the world that was in Terminal 5 recently? Click here to find out more.