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Trees in Portcullis House (2016)

Request

What the annual costs have been for the years 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 to date for the trees in Portcullis House?

 

 

Response

The data is held in financial years rather than calendar years as indicated in your request. Please note that the costs also include, but cannot be disaggregated from, the maintenance of 36 trough planters which are situated between two adjacent buildings. The costs are:     

Item 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 (forecast)
Portcullis House trees and planters £18,953 (exc. VAT) £19,483 (exc. VAT) £19,753 (exc. VAT) £19,801 (exc. VAT)

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It may help you to know that the twelve fig trees (Ficus Nitida) in the Portcullis House atrium contribute to the building’s environmental and acoustic performance, as well as limiting the footfall of the area.  They also have important natural benefits including cooling, humidity regulation, air quality and sound proofing.