Sports brand Decathlon extended its stores into Ireland in June 2020 with the new opening of an impressive Sports Hub in Dublin at Ballymun.

Not only does this flagship storemake an impressive statement in terms of the company’s expansion programme but it also strides forward in sustainability and biodiversity.

Making heads turn on the north and west facing walls at the store’s entrance is a living wall. The green wall was installed and planted to a specific pattern, using numbered pre-planted cassettes to create the vertical display of around 4500 plants.

The plant choice was deliberate, as suggested by Mobilane and agreed with client and contractor prior to supply; a combination of Carex oshimensis Evergold and JS Greenwell for a contrasting flash of gold and green extending out from the store’s branded signage.

The living wall was assembled and installed along with its automatic irrigation system by Avara Landscapes on behalf of Mannings, the main building contractor.

Construction started in Autumn 2019 on the new store, with plans for Cork, Galway and Waterford in the offing as well as two stores across the capital. The 17000 square metre Ballymun store in Dublin incorporates the retail storeand Sports Hub with an outdoor and indoor play area for customers to test products. The hub sits alongside Decathlon Ireland’s new corporate headquarters.

The living green wall adds almost 100 square metres of foliage and flower to the complex, reinforcing the company’s commitment to green building. It complements the store’s landscaping on the approach and parking area which features natural reinforced grass surfaces and tree planting as well as low-level shrub and ground cover between bays.

The living wall also contributes to the building’s achievement of BREEAM sustainability certification alongside its solar panels that provide 20% of its total energy consumption.

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