Green bus stop

The bus stop near the train station in Middelburg (NL) is a completely paved area. Where possible, and within the frame of the Interreg 2 seas project Cool Towns, cooling will be provided by means of greening.

On Friday 24 September, in presence of alderman Dekker and project leader Sjaak de Visser, the finishing touches were done to the more than 30 m² of vertical green walls at the bus station. The building has a completely new look and feel, thanks to the vertical green walls (vertical gardens).

Vertical gardens are being realized in collaboration with Sioen industries (one of the Cool Tows partners), including the bus stop near the train station. The result of the vertical gardens is a green appearance with a cooling effect on the building.

Sioen industries develops and produces textile cloth that is used for cooling and improving the quality of building in cities. Within the Cool Towns project, Sioen focuses on sharing knowledge, innovation and creative applications of their new materials. The textile cloth that has been used for the bus stop is a great example of a combination of knowledge, innovation and creative applications.

An installation made by Central Park Concepts has been mounted on the four walls of the building. On this installation, GreenTecstyle® fabrics from Sioen Industries have been applied. This installation is connected to an automated watering unit and an irrigation computer.

More than 1000 plants are planted in the GreenTecStyle® fabric (45 plants per m2). The plants used on the fabric have carefully selected to ensure that the walls are attractive all year round.

Climate changes are causing warmer summers with more frequent droughts and more, as well as, more intense heat waves. In cities, these higher temperatures have a negative effect on public health, productivity, well-being, air and water quality and other urban systems. We call these effects ‘Heat Stress’. The need to make our public environment greener, spatial heat stress adaptation, is becoming more and more clear. How do we make our cities heat-resistant? What is the existing and desired heat situation and what are effective heat adaptation measures with side benefits for other urban needs (for example air quality, flood prevention, more attractive public environment…).

For further information, contact employee Living Environment Municipality of Middelburg

 Sjaak de Visser 0118-675372

Responsible for Sioen industries within this project

 Benny Pycke +32 (0)51 74 15 16


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