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Essex University boffins to run Canary Wharf ‘Wardian Case’ study in ‘how to live green’

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:09 15 January 2018

The pop-up �Wardian Case� at Ballymore's Wardian London complex. Picture source: James Gifford Mead

The pop-up �Wardian Case� at Ballymore's Wardian London complex. Picture source: James Gifford Mead

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Eco boffins are testing what effect “going green” would have living and working in Canary Wharf’s urban environment.

'Quiet contemplation' and a dose of 'vitamin nature' in the Wardian Case. Picture source: James Gifford Mead 'Quiet contemplation' and a dose of 'vitamin nature' in the Wardian Case. Picture source: James Gifford Mead

A two-week research project by scientists starts January 22 with a pop-up ‘Wardian Case’, a biophilic design space with abundance of natural light and filled with air-purifying plants.

Residents and office staff can book an hour or more of “quiet contemplation” and a dose of “vitamin nature” in the ‘Wardian Case’ being set up at Wardian London apartment complex.

Or they can book a brainstorming session, Monday-to-Friday in working hours, from February 2.

Air-purifying plants fill the Wardian Case bio space. Picture source: James Gifford Mead Air-purifying plants fill the Wardian Case bio space. Picture source: James Gifford Mead

The scientists, from the University of Essex, will assess the benefits of exposure to the ‘calming’ environment, comparing mood, concentration and stress levels when people arrive and when they leave.

The two towers of Ballymore’s Wardian London complex, with 624 luxury apartments up to 55 storeys, takes inspiration from the glass case created in the 19th century by Dr Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward.

His glass case was used to transport tea plants across the globe safely, protecting exotic plants from treacherous sea-voyages.

Scientists ready to test 'calming' effect of  the Wardian Case bio space. Picture source: James Gifford Mead Scientists ready to test 'calming' effect of the Wardian Case bio space. Picture source: James Gifford Mead

The research project with Biofit indoor-outdoor health and fitness nature gym was set up by EcoWorld Ballymore to explore the impact of green urban living on personal wellbeing.

Sessions in the Wardian Case can be booked on a ‘first come-first served’ basis by emailing: wardian@thecommunicationgroup.co.uk

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