Better Bankside continues its work to create a clean air corridor through the historic streets of Bankside with the launch of our new Better Air Benches, designed to alleviate and raise awareness of air quality issues.
Containing English Ivy, one of nature’s best air pollution disruptors, the benches are designed to further Better Bankside’s aim of encouraging people to choose to walk the lesser-trodden, low emissions routes through the area, immediately reducing their exposure to pollutants. Designed by London landscape, art and architecture practice, Wayward + Studio Mata, and introduced as part of the London Festival of Architecture, the benches bring vegetation to the urban landscape, introducing extra surfaces for capturing pollution and creating a pleasant place to sit.
Look out for the benches across the neighbourhood, they will be positioned on quiet routes between tube and rail stations and workplaces and landmarks, including a route from Southwark tube to the area around Tate Modern.
Chair of Better Bankside, Donald Hyslop, commented; "We're proud of our new benches. They are beautifully designed, comfortable and, as they are also portable, will be appearing all over Bankside. You will discover them as you find new greener routes through the neighbourhood and pause to sit and can find out more about the project. Air Quality is one of the most important issues in our City right now and we are convinced everything that can be done to improve it, large and small, will make a difference in the long run."
Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for the Environment and Energy, and Councillor Richard Livingstone, Southwark Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and the Climate Emergency joined Donald Hyslop, Chair of Better Bankside, Thomas Kendall of Wayward, and David Gledhill of Borough Market to launch the benches.
The Better Air Benches were funded by the Mayor of London as part of the Low Emissions Neighbourhood project.