Junglefy has recently completed a green, living hoarding at Penrith City Council’s Soper Place, a large revitalisation project, transforming a car park into a vibrant community hub with public gardens, community rooms, and an A-grade commercial office building with a multi-storey car park.
The project was based on a winning design in the NSW Government Design Excellence Competition, and was awarded a $500,000 Greening our City grant, to address liveability and urban heat as part of the Council’s Cooling the City initiative.
An innovative solution at Soper Place, Junglefy Breathing Walls replace standard construction hoardings to create a sustainable solution with widespread benefit to the community, local biodiversity as well as reducing urban heat.
Little green thumbs
Council and Junglefy partnered together on a community planting day at Penrith Public School where students joined in planting some of the modules and learned from Junglefy experts, about the importance of bringing nature into our urban spaces. Attending the planting day was Penrith Mayor, Tricia Hitchen and team from the Council.
“This was a fun, hands-on activity for Penrith Public School students as they learned just how vital plants and trees are to reducing urban heat within the City,” said Cr Hitchen.
“Once the community modules have had time to establish in the nursery and are installed at Soper Place, students will be able to see their valuable contribution in making Penrith greener and helping to cool the City,” Mayor Hitchen said.
Junglefy CEO Suzie Barnett said the Junglefy Breathing Wall spans 150 sqm along Belmore and Lawson Streets and will deliver multiple environmental benefits to combat climate change for the residents of Penrith City.
“Our unique nature-based solution uses over 3,000 plants combined with Junglefy’s patent pending Breathing Technology, which has been scientifically proven to remove harmful pollutants, absorb street noise, reduce air temperatures and enhance biodiversity.
“We are experiencing the harsh reality of climate change and we must find unique ways to mitigate the impacts and create better places for people in our urban environments,” said Ms Barnett.
Cr Hitchen added, “The Green Living Hoarding is a prelude of what is to come at Soper Place. The design of the Soper Place development will provide a multi-use community space, a public rooftop garden and rainwater harvesting—all supporting Council’s commitment to sustainability."