The Fitzrovia Partnership launches Air Purification Unit

18th April 2016 / Posted by CRP Team

The Fitzrovia Partnership is the first Business Improvement District in the UK to install Air Purification Units into the public realm. Air quality in Fitzrovia is some of the worst in the UK, with Tottenham Court Road being one of the top ten most polluted roads in London. As a direct response to air quality issues and as part of The Partnership’s commitment to improving and maintaining the local public realm, the BID has partnered with local stakeholders to bring a healthy and beautiful burst of green to The Avenue on Tottenham Court Road.

The installation is supported with match funding through Cross River Partnership’s Mayor’s Air Quality programme Clean Air Better Businesses. It is the first of many micro greening sites to be delivered by The Fitzrovia Partnership in an effort to breathe clean air back into London’s streets.

The Fitzrovia Partnership BID Manager Lee Lyons said:

“We are very excited to be the first Business Improvement District in the country to pilot such innovative technology to support the Mayor’s agenda for cleaner air in London.”

Air purification units – or APUs for short – are vertical garden spaces which integrate technology with plants to capitalise on the natural process of phytoremediation – a process that breaks down pollutants. Current research being conducted by Staffordshire University will soon be published to reveal just how efficient the system is in combatting particulate matter (PM) levels and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions.

For further information contact: Graham Philpot