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Verdant Viaduct

A lush green wall demonstrates that the more unusual built structures can go green!
Valerie Beirne
Bankside Urban Forest Manager
  • New verdant viaduct in Borough Market
    New verdant viaduct in Borough Market
  • New verdant viaduct in Borough Market
    New verdant viaduct in Borough Market
  • New verdant viaduct in Borough Market
    New verdant viaduct in Borough Market
  • New verdant viaduct in Borough Market
    New verdant viaduct in Borough Market
  • New verdant viaduct in Borough Market
    New verdant viaduct in Borough Market
Timescale: 
June 2013
Key Partners: 
Network Rail, Skanska, Borough Market
Key Outcome: 
Greater green cover in Bankside. Demonstration project showing that greening can be accommodated in the most unusual of places.

A viaduct in Borough Market is the latest urban infrastructure to go green, as part of a long-term programme of works by Bankside Urban Forest to improve the public realm in Bankside.

Reclaiming and animating disused pockets and corners of Bankside is a key component of Bankside Urban Forest’s strategy to enhance the area.  A recent green infrastructure audit of green spaces and assets in the Bankside neighbourhood which was carried out by Better Bankside and the Ecology Consultancy highlighted a range of opportunities for increasing green cover in the area in line with Mayoral targets.  The Mayor of London is working to increase green cover in London by 5% by 2025.  In Bankside we're working to exceed these targets through initiatives like Bankside Urban Forest and the Bankside Neighbourhood Plan.

The access stairwell on the viaduct on Stoney Street, which bounds London’s famous Borough Market, has been transformed into a lush green wall featuring nearly 200 plants.  Spanning 4m height by 5m width, the green wall was created by building a modular frame on the existing access stair to the new railway viaduct and carrying out the planting over two weeks. The green wall reclaims ‘dead vertical space’ along this street in Borough Market, and appropriately brings a green theme to the location, which is renowned for its fresh fruit and veg. The project was funded by Network Rail and Skanska and delivered by vertical garden specialists Treebox.

 

Jul 16 2013