Flat Iron Square
Phase one of the improvements to Flat Iron Square was completed in mid-2011, in which part of the square was pedestrianised. This created a much needed and larger public space within Bankside, with more room for pedestrians, cyclists and visitors to the square. The new space has since been able to host a range of events and activities, from temporary art projects, poetry readings and most recently a product launch event for a certain mobile phone company.
In 2012 phase 2 of the project was delivered when a timber new canopy structure was built around the Island Cafe, housing a demonstration green roof. The roof provides a highly visible example of an urban green roof within Bankside - an area that needs to increase the amount of green cover in the neighbourhood, to adapt to a changing climate.
The implementation of the project was managed by Southwark Council in partnership with a number of local agencies including local businesses, Better Bankside and Design for London. Funding for the project is coming from a variety of sources, including the Mayor of London, Better Bankside, Southwark Council and local businesses.