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Revealed: Work Completes on UK’s Biggest Ever Clean Air Mural at the Bulb Southampton

Discover the breathtaking UK's largest clean air mural at The Bulb Southampton. Unveiling the stunning finished design of Nelson Gate's transformation into a new STEM community hub.

The latest images reveal the stunning finished design of the UK’s largest clean air mural, which has now been completed at The Bulb Southampton, as part of our £3.5m transformation of Nelson Gate into a new STEM community hub.

The 1,005 sq m mural by Nerone, one of the most fascinating and prolific street artists of the 21st century, used Graphenstone CO2 absorbing paint. These unique lime-based paints absorb CO2 as they cure, as part of the natural lime cycle (the majority in the first 30 days following application). It is estimated that the amount of CO2 absorbed by The Bulb mural will be around 65kg.

The mural took Nerone and the team from Lawless Studio® three weeks to complete, and was complemented by a series of community workshops and events which ran throughout the project. The final design was selected by the public, with over 10,000 votes cast.


Exterior shot of The Bulb office building
Exterior shot of The Bulb office building
Exterior shot of The Bulb office building
Exterior shot of The Bulb office building


As one of the UK’s most established names in commercial asset and property management, FI Real Estate Management operates an extensive and diverse portfolio which covers over 15m sq ft, including 5m sq ft of new build developments, across the nation, with assets totalling in excess £1.2bn.

Tim Knowles, Founder and Managing Director at FI Estate Management, commented: “The Bulb is an inspiring addition to the Southampton office market - its central location makes it ideal for companies working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to attract the fantastic talent pool in the city and beyond.”

Ryan Barber, Head of Office at FI Real Estate Management, added: “This has been one of the most exciting and engaging projects I have worked on – the transformation is incredible, and we now have a stunning vibrant building where like-minded STEM businesses can come and work together."

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