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Flat Iron Square

With funding from the Mayor of London, a new public space has emerged in Bankside
Budget: 
Mayor of London, Better Bankside, Southwark Council, S106
Valerie Beirne
Bankside Urban Forest Manager
  • Flat Iron Square
    Flat Iron Square
  • Poetry reading event hosted by local poet Anna Robinson on Flat Iron Square as part of Union Press
    Poetry reading event hosted by local poet Anna Robinson on Flat Iron Square as part of Union Press
  • Flat Iron Square plays host to Deadmau5 as part of a product launch
    Flat Iron Square plays host to Deadmau5 as part of a product launch
  • Flat Iron Square before the improvements took place
    Flat Iron Square before the improvements took place
  • Flat Iron Square 2014
    Flat Iron Square 2014
Timescale: 
January 2009
June 2011
Budget: 
Mayor of London, Better Bankside, Southwark Council, S106
Key Partners: 
Southwark Council, Better Bankside, Design for London, Local Businesses
Key Outcome: 
Improved open space; new public space that can host events and activities; traffic calming; green roof

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.

 

Jun 30 2011