Improving the roadside environment for pedestrians in partnership with Transport for London

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This research project aims to improve the real and perceived quality of a polluted stretch of London’s busy A12 ring road, for both pedestrians and cyclists.

The project is led by Poplar Harca and funded by TFL, and marks the first UK trial of an innovative acoustic system called ‘Silk Metal’ - a micro-perforated aluminium sheet forming one side of a closed box.
Beep Studio’s design turns the limitations of the material into an opportunity for art, combining small faceted segments to make a smoothly flowing pattern.

Project partner The University of East London is monitoring the environment before and after installation to measure any reduction in noise pollution and improvement in air quality. If all goes well, the project will serves as a template for expanding the safe and efficient use of public space, with potential for the pilot to be replicated throughout London and the UK.

The project has developed with rigorous stages of review by and feedback from TFL.
The tender for fabricating the barrier was won by Cake Industries, and has now been developed into a full scale prototype, with the completed barrier due to be installed on site in Bromley By Bow in early 2019.

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Project: Acoustic Barrier
Location: A12 Bromley-by-Bow
Client: Poplar HARCA and TFL
Designer: Beep Studio Ltd
Structure: Expedition Engineering
Fabrication: Cake Industries
Budget: £140,000
Year: 2019





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