Luxury furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse is to pioneer an eco-friendly scheme at its new flagship store in Stockton.
The firm is creating Teesside’s very first “living” wall and roof at its new flagship store and headquarters which is set to open next week on Teesside Retail Park.
Thousands of colourful plants will soon transform a south-facing wall and the roof into a bright display as well as a wildlife habitat for birds and insects, in time for the store’s opening on March 28.
A purpose-built irrigation system has been fitted to maintain the plants, with a 6,000 litre tank beneath the store to hold harvested rainwater.
James Barker, managing director of Barker and Stonehouse, said: “We’ve invested heavily in the new Teesside store as part of our commitment to our customers in the region.
“Working with local suppliers and companies is always a priority for us, and we feel privileged to be able to use Will and Dennis’ skills in creating our unique living wall.”
Landscape designer Will Quarmby, owner of Quarmby Landscaping, will soon transfer 14,000 plants to the pioneering design created by Dennis McLuckie, construction project manager.
Mr Quarmby has designed the living wall with contrasting colours and textures of plants. He has previously won several prestigious awards for his garden designs, including a gold medal and best small garden award at Hampton Court Palace, and a bronze medal in the artisan garden category at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Other green features of the store include low-energy heating, an innovative heat recovery system and unique lighting system specially designed by the company.