Hammersmith BID land prestigious Healthy Streets Award!

HammersmithLondon Business Improvement District (BID) were delighted to win a top prize at the prestigious Healthy Streets Awards last week.

The annual awards recognise and reward excellence in the planning and delivery of Healthy Street improvements in towns and cities across Great Britain & Ireland. The prizes were handed out by Val Shawcross, former Deputy Mayor for Transport, at Guildhall, London last Friday (October 12th).

The HammersmithLondon team beat off some stiff competition to pick up the Best Healthy Streets Business Improvement District Project award for their fantastic work creating the UK’s First Business Parklets.

The judges were impressed by the project that saw eight former parking spaces transformed into four vibrant green parklets on Hammersmith Grove. The scheme is a collaboration between Hammersmith BID, Hammersmith and Fulham Council, Medidata and the Mayor of London. Local business and BID board member, Medidata, funded the build of one of the parklets, while the BID itself funds the parklets’ ongoing maintenance.

Patricia Bench, BID Director at HammersmithLondon, said: “The whole team are absolutely delighted to collect this award for a project we are immensely proud of.

“The parklets are now a wonderful and much-used part of the town. All of us at the BID are 100 per-cent committed to making Hammersmith a cleaner, greener and generally more pleasant place to work, live and visit.”

The parklets in Hammersmith are part of the BID’s wider commitment to deliver green spaces, cleaner air, and improving the environment with the overall aim to make the borough the greenest in Britain.

Other initiatives include the ‘Low Emission Neighbourhood’ project, to improve the space under the Hammersmith Flyover. Residents and workers have been having their say via an online survey on how to help reduce pollution and change the area, with planters and green screens arriving on-site next month to begin the transformation.

Other initiatives and ideas to help make Hammersmith a cleaner, more environmentally friendly borough, include: building a cycle hub to increase the number of bicycle-parking spaces and reducing clutter; introducing rapid-charging points for electric vehicles in Sussex Place Car Park; introducing sustainable drainage to reduce flooding and improving biodiversity; and working with local businesses to help them move to less polluting service and delivery vehicles.

The BID will also be holding a Transport Forum / Freight Hub Workshop on 7th November.

Working with Hammersmith & Fulham Council, the BID aim to develop an ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) courier, freight and servicing hub to support the Hammersmith Low Emission Neighbourhood programme.

The freight hub will help reduce the number of delivery vehicles operating in Hammersmith by consolidating deliveries via a central facility into zero emission bikes and vans.

A survey has been drafted and distributed to help facilitate this and can be filled out here. The feedback generated from the survey will help shape the content of the Freight Hub Workshop.

The invite-only workshop will be held in the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith between 9.30am – 12pm. Please email L.Caruso@hammersmithlondon.co.uk for more information.