Flat Iron Square


Reconnecting the traffic island with the shopping parade creates a new place of exchange in the heart of Bankside

A new place of exchange was created in Bankside by the closing of Union Street to reconnect the traffic island with the parade of shops on the southern edge of the space.  The bold geometry of the paving reflects the ‘flat iron’ character of the space and also responds to the iron latticework on the nearby rail bridge.

Flat Iron Square was funded through local S106 and with additional funding from Better Bankside and the Mayor of London.  It was delivered by Southwark Council in 2010/11.  A further phase of works built a green canopy around the Island Cafe which anchors the space.

Design team: Witherford Watson Mann Architects, Pax Consulting Engineers