Manly Vale Car Park
Exotics – Alternanthera dentata, Begonia, Blechnum gibbum Silver Lady, Chlorophytum variegated, Cyrtomium falcatum, Epipremnum aureum, Hedera helix, Imperial Green, Meterosiderous sp, Nandina domestica Nana, Nematanthus glabra, Neomarica gracilis, Nephrolepis sp, Peperomia obtusifolia large leaf, Philodendron scandens, Philodendron Xanadu, Phlebodium aureum, Plerandra elegantissima, Spathiphyllum sp.
Exotics – Strobilanthes (nectar-producing), Plumbago (pollen-producing), Murraya paniculata (pollen and nectar-producing), Convovulous cnoreum (pollen and nectar-producing) Plectranthus (pollen-producing)
The Manly Vale commuter car park is part of the NSW Government’s transport solution for Sydney’s northern beaches. This multi-storey car park, located on the B-Line bus route provides 150 car spaces for commuters to park their car and travel to the city. The car park is the first project in the world to use Junglefy’s latest innovation; rotating Breathing Walls. The Breathing Wall panels rotate 180 degrees to provide easy and safe access for ongoing plant maintenance. The Breathing Walls will provide clean air and noise reduction for locals as well as providing a habitat for local biodiversity and an aesthetic design for an otherwise bland-looking building.
Junglefy developed the innovative rotating Breathing Wall model as a bespoke solution for the Manly Vale car park to assist with safe and easy plant maintenance. The design was engineered to fit the custom requirements of the car park and the Breathing Wall panels were installed on three sides of the building. Junglefy will carry out regular maintenance of the Breathing Walls as part of the ongoing maintenance contract.
The plants used in this project were a carefully chosen selection that encourages biodiversity and specifically, pollinating insects. The plant species are a mix of natives and exotics which will provide a year-round food source for the pollinators. The pollinator-attracting species have been concentrated on the western wall of the car park as pollinators like to forage for food in bright, warm and sunny positions, so providing a dense food source in one area will ensure foraging is easier. We have also researched the species that provide a variety of food sources for the insects as some plants provide pollen and others provide nectar. This variation is important as pollinating insects require nectar for fast complex carbohydrates for energy and pollen is used to store for their young and to convert into honey. All of the non-native species used have been specifically chosen as they have been proven to attract pollinators.
As the Manly Vale car park is on a major road, regular maintenance of the plants would present safety issues for our maintenance team. The rotating Breathing Wall design, created specifically for this project, enables easy installation and year-round maintenance to be done safely and efficiently without disruption to traffic or the B-Line bus services. This innovative model extends the application of Breathing Walls and green walls to areas that would have traditionally been too difficult to include vertical gardens.