Plans have been submitted to the City of London to create a five-star hotel on Holborn Viaduct that will take an integrated approach to planting.
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The proposed new hotel will feature 40,000 square feet of living wall, a planted viewing gallery, and a green roof with spaces for threatened native wildflowers.
Designed by architects Sheppard Robson, Citicape House is predicted to capture over eight tonnes of carbon annually, produce six tonnes of oxygen and trap approximately 550kg of particulate matter per year, and lower the local temperature by 3-5ºC.
The hotel is engaging with the Urban Greening Policy, set out in the GLA’s draft New London Plan, which encourages more and better urban greening.
It is expected to be completed in 2024.