Better Bankside is the Business Improvement District which exists to make Bankside a better place in which to work, live and visit. On Wednesday 12 June, Better Bankside continued its work to create a clean air corridor through the historic streets between London Bridge and Blackfriars, as it unveiled new Better Air Benches. Designed to reduce and raise awareness of air quality issues.
The benches are positioned on Stoney Street, by Borough Market and contain 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 they were 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 stop and admire the Borough Market surroundings. From now onwards, benches will be introduced on quiet routes between tube and rail station and workplaces and landmarks, including a route from Southwark tube to the area around the Tate Modern.