HammersmithLondon wins clean air cash

HammersmithLondon Business Improvement District has won £200,000 funding from the GLA to bring air quality improvements to Hammersmith town centre.

One of five business groups across London to have been awarded funding, the BID will be the only West London group to implement a ‘Business Low Emission Neighbourhood’ (LEN) – a multi-partnership project working with local organisations including the Ark, Eastern & Oriental and Hammersmith & Fulham council and supported by St. Paul’s Primary School, the Hammersmith LEN will deliver a project around the Hammersmith Flyover consisting of both physical and educational measures to improve the air quality in the area and to create a greener, healthier environment between the Ark and St Paul’s Primary School itself.

Patricia Bench, HammersmithLondon BID Director, said: “From discussions with businesses in the area, we know how important they feel it is to tackle London’s air quality problems. We are delighted, therefore, to have been successful in attracting this funding from the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund which will allow us to address the poor air quality in this very busy part of Hammersmith and play our role in improving the area”.

The project will deliver a secure hub for people to store their bikes, and a host of greening and other urban realm improvements, such as a green wall and LED lighting, to help transform some of the grey car-dominated parts of this busy destination. There will also be additional EV rapid charging points installed, as well as the creation of a freight consolidation plan for Fulham Palace Road working with air quality champions Cross River Partnership and educational workshops hosted at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Michael Sloan, General Manger, Novotel London West, said: “It is well recognised that we all need to address London’s air quality problem and we are delighted to support this project.”

Sean Moran, The Ark Senior Building Manager – Helix Property Advisors Ltd, said: “Air Quality is of utmost importance to all Londoners including our tenants and it makes absolute sense for us to join forces with the BID and other agencies to pool our efforts and have as big an impact as possible to address this urgent problem.”

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