Swansea hotel reveals six-storey living plant wall plans

A Swansea hotel is applying for permission to go green with new plant walls on its three sides.

The Dragon Hotel plans to create living walls in its Kingsway Circle building. They will reach up to six floors.

Designers working on the project have submitted a pre-application to Swansea planners.

They say the walls will feature plants such as boxwood, wallflower, honeysuckle and wisteria. A maintenance plan would be put in place.

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The council, which is piloting a £1billion town center regeneration, has secured a Project Dragon grant through the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns scheme.

Dragon’s Managing Director, Leigh Martin, said, “We are thrilled to take this first big step towards introducing these living walls.

“If planning permission is granted, these living walls will be seen by tens of thousands of people every week and will help Swansea in its ambition to have a green city center for the benefit of future generations.”

The Dragon Hotel, which has more than 100 rooms, also plans to replace outdated guest room windows as part of a larger improvement program funded solely by the company. This will improve the appearance of the hotel and increase its energy efficiency.

A similar project in the city includes a green roof at Coastal Housing’s High Street Urban Village. Other green spaces introduced in the city center include hundreds of new trees in and around the Kingsway and a new park next to the new Swansea Arena. More greenery is planned as part of the Castle Square gardens proposed by the council and on a community services center being created nearby in the former BHS building.

Swansea Council Leader Rob Stewart said: “Swansea is getting greener and that’s good news for residents, businesses and visitors. We are restoring biodiversity and adapting to climate change.

“Our ongoing regeneration, which has made significant progress throughout the pandemic, means we are pulling Wales out of the pandemic.

“Our new town center – with ever-improving green infrastructure – is already helping to attract hundreds of millions of pounds of private investment.”

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