Bridge Joyce Square

Award nomination for White City flood prevention project

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Image captionSchoolchildren walk the wiggly wall in H&F's award-nominated Bridge Joyce Square

An innovative flood prevention project that will create a ‘green oasis’ for residents in the heart of White City has been shortlisted for an award.

Bridget Joyce Square was opened in Australia Road last November by Hammersmith & Fulham Council. The new space not only provides a much-needed focal point for the local community to gather and host events, but also has environmental benefits, by reducing flood risk and boosting biodiversity.

“In Bridget Joyce Square we have created a new space that residents of White City can make their own,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.

“It is a place where families and children can meet, play or explore and offers much needed respite from the surrounding concrete, so I am delighted that this innovative scheme has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award.”

Bridget Joyce Square features special water-retaining basins and permeable paving to reduce flood risk, while improving amenity and biodiversity with a variety of planted trees and shrubs. It also has an open space for hosting community events.

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Image caption: Special planted basins in Bridget Joyce Square retain water to prevent flooding

The landmark scheme, which will serve as a blueprint for more similar projects in the borough, has now been shortlisted for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) London Civil Engineering Awards 2016, which recognise engineering excellence in the capital.

The ICE awards are the premier showcase for the top engineering projects from across the capital.

The shortlist was announced last week and residents are being encouraged to vote for Bridget Joyce Square before the deadline on Monday 2 May.

“It is up against some stiff competition but we hope residents from the White City community and beyond will all vote for it and help it win,” added Cllr Harcourt.

The winners will be announced at a formal awards ceremony in central London on Thursday 26 May.

Voting online will automatically enter you into a draw to win five pairs of tickets to the awards ceremony and the chance to win a heritage boat tour of the Thames.

To cast your vote for Australia Road, or find out more information, visit the ICE London Civil Engineering Awards website and fill out the voting form.