During the early summer of 2012, Union Street was put under the microscope as a temporary publishing house opened its doors on Flat Iron Square. Union Press, a project by public works, and commissioned by Better Bankside as part of Bankside Urban Forest, was an innovative reponse to a brief that focussed on Union Street's past, present and future.
The playful kiosk structure situated in Flat Iron Square, opened daily to a range of creative collaborators, each of who explored different themes relating to Union Street and its surroundings. From the history of acts of resistance in the area, to creating a new font based on the range of typefaces found along the street, Union Press provided a focal point for passers by, local businesses and residents to come together to collectively explore Union Street's past present and future.
The commisison is the first of a number of creative commissions Better Bankside is working on, as they expand the ways they work with artists and the creative sector in Bankside, which sits at the heart of the South Bank and Bankside Cultural Quarter.