Team London Bridge will be treating commuters to a horticultural surprise this summer as London Bridge Station plays host to four garden installations.
New Forms – commissioned by Team London Bridge with support from Network Rail – is being delivered by Cityscapes. This scheme takes a creative approach by recycling materials from show gardens in to four new, temporary public garden installations.
Reusing materials from the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival, New Forms highlights sustainable approaches to design, showing how hard landscaping materials can find innovative upcycled afterlives, and how plants can be used in unusual urban locations.
The four garden installations – designed by young, up and coming designers Ula Maria, Tessa & Caitlin McLaughlin, Alexandra Noble and Sarah Wilson – will be on display during August and September in Stainer Street tunnel, within London Bridge Station.
Given the brief of imagining new forms of gardens for the urban environment, each designer was allocated a set palette of materials to interpret freely, with the caveat that they must use a specific material at the end of their garden which will link to the next garden, creating a sense of continuity, whilst showcasing unique and creative design ideas. The concept is based upon the Surrealist artist’s game ‘Exquisite Corpse’ and the children’s game ‘Picture Consequences’, where an image is drawn by a number of participants on a folded piece of paper, with each player unaware of the drawing of the previous player, until it is revealed at the end.
The New Forms garden installations will highlight how materials can be creatively reused to encourage cradle-to-cradle thinking and to develop new ways of designing green spaces that challenge people’s ideas about their relationship with the urban environment. They will engage people to think about how urban spaces can be sustainably designed in order to address pressing ecological and social issues, and will emphasise the benefits of bringing people and plants together in the public realm, in order to create healthier cities.
At the end of the project the materials and plants will find new afterlives in local community projects.
We will be visiting the gardens to hear from the garden designers soon, keep an eye out in the magazine to see coverage of this in October’s issue.