Urban design

Three Meristem Parklets arrive in the City of London

Three Meristem Parklets arrive in the City of London

Last week Meristem installed three Parklets on St Mary’s Axe, in the City of London, as part of the Active City Network initiative by the City of London Corporation.

The aim of the initiative is to utilise pedestrianisation and green infrastructure in urban design to create cleaner, safer, and more pleasant public spaces for the 513,000 workers in the city to enjoy - with a view to encouraging a healthier and more active lifestyle.

Derelict BT boxes receive a Green Makeover

Derelict BT boxes receive a Green Makeover

The classic K6 BT box,  designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, was a familiar sight on the streets of the United Kingdom from 1926. 

In 2006 the K2 telephone box was voted one of Britain's top 10 design icons along with another red favourite, the Routemaster  bus. Due to a significant drop in their use since and the invention of the mobile phones the classic red BT telephone kiosks are unloved, unused and unfortunately being removed or sold into private use throughout the UK.

However there are still some left on our streets - we have repainted and greened up 2 of them. With a fresh splash of BT red paint we have added a steel planter, 2 large Trachelospermum, jasminoides, Vinca minor, Hedera helix and muehlenbeckia to two telephone boxes in Archway, Islington.