Fresh Air Square evaluation study

Third year students on the BA (Hons) Spatial Design at the London College of Communication are working with Team London Bridge to carry out an evaluation study of Tooley Street Fresh Air Square.


Bench and spatial design by WMB Studio

Fresh Air Squares is an initiative by Team London Bridge to insert modular micro-parks (parklets) across the London Bridge area to transform 2 car parking spaces into mini green hubs for a period of one week to a year. The objective is to introduce public green spaces into the streetscape, to improve the local environment by making it more place and people focused, and raise awareness of air quality issues.


In April 2015 Team London Bridge launched a competition to design the first parklet, located in Tooley Street. The project is run in partnership with Transport For London, King’s College London, CJS Plants and Vauxhall One. The winning design, by WMB Studio, incorporates a striking bench seating, specialised plants species to mitigate air pollution, sustainable urban drainage and an air quality monitoring station.

The BA (Hons) Spatial Design at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) is working in collaboration with team London Bridge to evaluate users’ experience of the Fresh Air Square initiative and how it can inform the provision of future Fresh Air Squares in the area. Students carry out on site primary research to document and evaluate people’s experience of the space. Initial findings show that the design of the parklet is very popular with London Bridge communities.

Summer project installations

Year 1 students on the BA Spatial Design have just completed their first project, a collaborative design for an installation based on the synthesis of primary research and drawings done over the summer. Students worked in small teams of 3 or 4 to design, make and install their creation, working only with paper and cardboard. We also asked them to select a suitable location within the LCC campus so as to strengthen the connection between the site and the design. This short and exciting project was fun and the outcomes were very successfully implemented and presented by teams, with a wide range of creative outputs, forms and surfaces manipulations, and inspired methods of making it happen. Original productions included the manipulation of natural and artificial light, shadows, surface texture and patterns, 3D form, storytelling and metaphors, interaction and communication, layers, growth, colour and beauty.  A fantastic first 2 weeks and contribution from everyone on the course.