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Verdant Viaduct Grows at Borough Market

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Infrastructure goes green in Bankside

12 June 2013.

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. 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.

Reclaiming and animating disused pockets and corners of Bankside is a key component of Bankside Urban Forest’s strategy to enhance the area. Bankside Urban Forest is also working with Natural England to ensure that the natural environment is at the heart of the capital today and in the future. Through funding provided by Natural England, Bankside Urban Forest is also creating a community garden with Borough Market in the new Market Hall building on Borough High Street. Set to open in the summer, this will form a natural extension of the busy Borough Market and provide a rich resource for the local community, commuters and shoppersat the market. The mobile orchard, seating planters, vertical garden, hop screens and other elements within the Market Hall will define and create lush green spaces in this busy city space whilst enabling environmental education.

Note to Editors: Bankside is London’s cultural district: a thriving and vibrant central London location on the River Thames with the famous Borough Market at its heart. The district also offers superb transport links, including the major rail hubs of London Bridge and close to Waterloo.

Bankside Urban Forest is a partnership project to make Bankside, a mixed neighbourhood of 6,000 residents, 60,000 employees and 25 million annual visitors, a better place to live, work and visit by offering high quality improvements to the public realm. It is a strategy for enhancing public spaces - including streets, pavements, squares and parks - in the Bankside area between the riverside and Elephant and Castle. It is co-ordinated by Better Bankside on behalf of a wider partnership of public, private and not for profit partners including Southwark Council, Tate Modern, Design for London, Bankside Open Spaces Trust, Cross River Partnership, the Architecture Foundation, Bankside Residents’ Forum, Land Securities and Native Land.

Better Bankside exists to make Bankside a better place to work, live and visit. It aims to improve the quality of the area and enhance the competitiveness of its businesses. It is a company owned, funded and led by employers in the Bankside area of London. Visit for more information. Get social with Better Bankside on Twitter @BetterBankside and

For press enquiries, please contact: Michael Saxton. Grayling T. +44 (0) 20 7592 7933 michael.saxton [at] 

Created Jun 14 2013