McArthurGlen starts work on Europe’s largest living wall installation at Ashford Designer Outlet
McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford has started work on Europe’s largest living wall installation, which forms part of the centre’s £90m expansion. Made up of approximately 120,000 plants, the 25,000-sq ft living wall installation is set to create beautiful vertical gardens covering the walls of the new entry promenade, various walkways and many of the new stores.
Chichester-based Biotecture will be designing, growing and installing the £1.5 million living wall, which will make McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford one of the world’s greenest shopping centres.
Construction on McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford’s new 100,000 sq. ft. expansion began last January, its first extension since opening in 2000. When the expansion opens later this year, McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford will introduce up to 50 new premium and luxury brands. New facilities will include an events space, food piazza, interactive children’s play area and 725 new car parking spaces will also be delivered.
Centre manager Peter Corr said: “As South East England’s leading designer outlet, and just over 30 minutes from London, our centre has seen 18 years of growth and evolution. We welcome over 3.6 million visitors every year and in response to market demand, this autumn we are launching a new phase that will elevate the whole shopping experience for our guests and the retail environment for our brand partners. This spectacular living wall installation is a key feature of this exciting expansion that will attract new shoppers locally, from London and also internationally.”