New 5-star hotel in London to be covered in 400,000 plants to combat pollution

A new luxury hotel to be built in London will feature Europe’s largest living wall, with 400,000 plants growing on it.

Located next to Holborn Viaduct, the 382-room City hotel will absorb eight tonnes of the city’s pollution each year and produce six tonnes of oxygen.

The development will also feature a sky bar on the 10th floor, meeting and events space, a spa, a ground-level restaurant and a co-working space. The development will also include a roof-top viewing gallery on the 11th floor overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral.

“At roof level, the greenery continues to wrap around the building, with spaces designed for threatened native wildflower species to flourish,” said Dan Burr, from architects Sheppard Robson.

“On a site that is so prominent, there was a real drive to inject some fresh perspectives on how to grapple with some of London’s most urgent environmental issues, including air quality and noise and dust pollution.

“Rather than having an isolated patch of greenery, we felt that an immersive and integrated approach would have the biggest impact on the local environmental conditions and making a better and more liveable city, as well as articulating a clear architectural statement.”