Product / system manufacture
South East England
St Dominic's College
Jarvis Contracting Ltd (main), MMA Architectural Systems
This newly built sports hall at St Dominic's College in Harrow required a shading solution as well as a visual shield to disguise it from neighbouring properties.
The school had included a green wall in its brief as part of an environmental design for the new building that included a sustainable rainwater harvesting and irrigation system and a living roof.
The plants in the green wall were intended to act as solar protection, regulate temperature within the building and ultimately reduce its energy consumption.
MMA Architectural Systems supplied and installed over 500m² of Jakob Webnet for the sports hall. The Webnet, now clad with climbing plants has created a free standing wall which not only provides shade to the building but also effectively disguises it, allowing it to blend in to the surrounding grounds.
6ft climbing plants were planted in galvanised steel containers and trained to grow up the Jakob Webnet structure. Planted in spring, impressive coverage had already been achieved by the summer of that year.
The sports hall blends in to the surrounding grounds but is also now protected from the elements. Other environmental benefits include providing a habitat for insects, improving air quality, and absorbing sound.
The project was awarded a BREEAM rating of 'Very Good'.