Multiplex has partnered with researchers at the University of Glasgow to conduct a trial of Green Screens at the construction site for the new Learning and Teaching Hub.
This trial will evaluate how green screens compare to traditional construction hoarding to trap air pollutants and slow down rainfall runoff. Green screens are made from a steel grid and densely woven with climbing plants supplied in a container which is buried into the soils and fixed to the hoarding. Multiplex has provided labour and materials including hoarding, green screen units, air quality monitors and rain gauges. Air pollution and flooding are major global urban challenges. This will be the first research project of its kind to take place in Scotland focusing on green screen potential.
The results from this experiment will help assess the effectiveness of planted hoardings at trapping air pollution and slowing down rainfall. Tom Gibbs, Multiplex Sustainability Manager said: ‘It’s great to be involved in a live experiment looking at environmental issues where we have the opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of different types of hoarding to help increase their use on other sites’. Niall Jackson Glasgow PhD Researcher said: ‘Greenery, greatly improves both aesthetic and social aspects of urban areas. These factors are often hugely influential on the economic value of both individual buildings and wider neighbourhoods.’
The research boosts the University’s wider “smart campus” initiative with other partners including Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Arup, and Mobilane. This research shows how Multiplex is working to improve urban ecosystems.