As Birmingham’s polution levels reach crisis point, Southside BID has installed a ‘Green Wall’ on one of the City’s busiest gateways as a way of battling the problem.
In May 2014 the World Health Organisation named nine English towns and cities which were in breach of safety guidelines for air polution – Birmingham was one. Off the back of the report, Southside BID in partnership with Atkins, Gooch Estate and with research support from Staffordshire University commissioned the installation of a green wall along the A38 in an attempt to reduce pollution levels caused by motor vehicles.
The wall which has been installed in three segments along almost 140 metres of the A38 Bristol Street’s central reservation is covered in green vegetation which removes a significant quantity of airborne particles.
Research undertaken by Staffordshire university is now complete and the full report is available to view here.