Keppel Row Garden
Better Bankside has been working with Southwark Council, and local businesses and residents to improve the public spaces around Keppel Row and America Street as part of its Clean Air Mini Neighbourhood project. The Keppel Row Garden has transformed this neglected alley way into a cleaner, greener, more welcoming space complete with its own sustainable drainage system to reduce the amount of water run-off from the alley.
Working with architects Gort Scott, landscape architects Robert Bray Associates and contractors Blakedown, the plans to transform Keppel Row, have emerged over the last year as the redevelopment of 61 Southwark Street was underway. Better Bankside secured additional funding from the Mayor of London's Greener City Fund in early 2018 to enable the project to deliver exemplary sustainable drainage (SuDS) as part of the scheme. Southwark Council oversaw the delivery of the works. Phase two of the improvements will see further planting to the roof of 591/2 Southwark Street, on-street planting outside the Bridge on Southwark Bridge Road.
Groundbreaking research with King's College London, which focused on Keppel Row and America Street has shown that exposure to air pollution is reduced by 25% by using quieter back streets away from busy roads.