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A 'Fresh Air' start to 2017

Team London Bridge have had a very fresh start to 2017 with two new Fresh Air Square parklets installed in the area. Back in spring 2015, Team London Bridge (TLB) and partners held a competition to design a series of parklets in the London Bridge area – the concept was to create modular, portable micro-parks that replace car parking spaces for a period of one week to a year, improving the local environment and monitoring the air quality around it.

Since then, WMBStudio’s striking design has become synonymous with the London Bridge area, bringing fun, colour, high quality design and planting to the public realm, and instigating demand for more of the parklets to be installed.

At the end of December the new Fresh Air Squares were installed by CJS Plants; a bold yellow outside the Unicorn Theatre, and the second outside 1 London Bridge, in vibrant orange. Due to the Unicorn installation’s more shaded position the parklet contains plants such as Fatsia Japonica, Dryopteris Atrata and Helleborous Niger whereas the environment outside 1 London Bridge allows for Prunus Serrula trees and underplanting of Huchera, Vibernum Tinus and Nandina Domestica.


Although small installations, the pocket parks serve as useful trials and demonstrate Team London Bridge’s long term aspirations to transform the area’s public realm into one which gives greater priority to the needs of pedestrians, improves air quality, greening and biodiversity, in addition to championing high-quality, innovative design.   

Following a successful year-long trial on Tooley Street, the original Fresh Air Square has been moved to the front of Tower Bridge Primary School, but Team London Bridge are keen to explore how space on Tooley Street can be used for more sustainable activities than parking – be it cycle parking, electrical vehicle charging points or green spaces.

Our thanks to Southwark Council, TFL, London Bridge City, Unicorn Theatre, WMB Studio and CJS Plants for making the project happen. 

12 January 2017

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