Member for Manly James Griffin has today announced a world-first for car park design with the integration of a breathing green wall into the three-storey Manly Vale B-line commuter car park which will help improve visual amenity for local residents.
“Incorporating some 9,000 plants, the Breathing Wall is a living, rotating, modular green wall system, scientifically proven to minimise a building’s carbon footprint and save electricity costs.” said Mr Griffin.
“In addition to the free 150 car and bike parking spaces offered at Manly Vale, the car park will feature energy efficient systems such as roof solar powered generation to minimise the environmental footprint of the building.
“This is an exciting step towards creating more sustainable designs for infrastructure and we are excited to be working with one of Australia’s leading living infrastructure specialists, Junglefy, to provide a green solution for the Northern Beaches.
“The Breathing Wall also considerably reduces noise compared to a conventional building wall giving this busy part of Manly Vale another benefit from the B-line commuter car park in addition to more natural beauty.”
A two-year study carried out by the Plants and Environmental Quality Research Group at the University of Technology Sydney has scientifically proven that the Breathing Wall acts as a sound barrier, improving acoustics while cooling the surrounding air temperature, resulting in energy efficiency and reduced air conditioning costs.
“As this is the first of its kind in an outdoor car park, UTS will work with Transport for NSW to monitor the Breathing Wall output over the next two years to provide further results in this environment,” said Mr Griffin.
“The concept of the green wall was something put to me by a number of people living near the project and I am sure this will live up to their expectations,” said Mr Griffin.
This project is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to provide more sustainable design solutions in line with the broader long term plan for NSW.
Manly Vale is one of six car commuter parks delivering about 900 spaces across the Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore as part of the B-Line program. Spaces will become available at the new commuter car parks to support the new B-Line services, with the Manly Vale Car Park to be completed in 2018.
From 26 November, customers on the Northern Beaches will benefit from the new turn-up-and-go B-Line services from 10 stops between Mona Vale and Wynyard via the Lower North Shore.
At the same time, to complement and support the B-Line, changes will be made to the local bus network with more than 3,200 extra weekly services being introduced across the Northern Beaches, including over 2,000 weekly B-Line services.