Making our cities more tranquil

What We Offer

Environmental data can be hard to find, fragmented and complex to interpret. We believe that everyone should have easy access to understandable information on the environmental quality of where they live, work and spend their time. After all, the places where we spend our time can have a profound impact on our wellbeing. We offer:

Consultancy using our curated multidisciplinary environmental dataset

Tranquil City Index & API providing easy access to our curated dataset

Public and Employee Wellbeing events and workshops

The information below provides detail on our services and examples of our work.

How We Work

We collate and combine geospatial datasets (including air quality, noise, greenery, trees, water and built form) so that businesses, apps, websites and urban intervention projects can offer more to their audiences and respond to growing concerns about environmental quality. We call this our Aggregated Data Analysis Tool or ADAT.

Whether you’re a well-established app looking to engage and retain users by introducing environmental information, an innovative start-up looking to demonstrate how your work has an impact on people’s lives, a business trying to improve engagement with employees and boost their wellbeing, or an architect or planner looking to integrate environmental quality considerations into your projects, our multidisciplinary expert team is an effective choice to help you stand out from the crowd.

Consultancy

Using our Aggregated Data Analysis Tool (ADAT) dataset we provide consultancy to help integrate meaningful environmental quality information into apps, websites and urban projects.

App and Website Creators

  • Integrate meaningful environmental quality data into your products seamlessly and in ways that your end-users can understand and benefit from.
  • Demonstrate the health and wellbeing benefits of your end-user options including avoidance of noise and air pollution, increased awareness of green space and more natural features, and general pleasantness of the environment.
  • Optimise your product to ensure that experiencing the best possible environmental quality is a possibility for your end-users.
  • Explain the health and wellbeing benefits of your product’s options in clear and understandable ways, that can help your end-users to make healthier choices.

Architects, Mobility Consultants and City Planners

  • Investigate the environmental quality of your project area or neighbourhood easily, understanding the acoustic environment, air quality, green and blue space, tree cover, built-form via our comprehensive dataset.
  • Compare & optimise design options in the context of environmental quality, considering if certain designs are suitable for the intended activity, i.e. the noise exposure of a public garden or amenity area, air pollution exposure of a cycle path route, or identifying which areas are lacking features that promote health and wellbeing.
  • Demonstrate the health and wellbeing benefits of your interventions by comparing the environmental quality to the original condition and/or showing the improvement potential for a place or area to be considered to be good for people’s health.
  • Explain the health and wellbeing benefits of your design or intervention in clear and understandable ways, that can help your end-users to lead healthier lives.

Tranquil City Index & API

Our new product, the Tranquil City API, provides apps and website with easy access to our powerful ADAT dataset. This allows your apps and websites to offer more to your users, by responding to growing public concerns about environmental quality, in turn increasing usership and retention.

Additionally, for those wanting a simple indicator of healthier urban environments, we have created the Tranquil City Index, a simple indicator showing the potential for a location to be good for us. This index has been created in partnership with the University of Surrey’s Environmental Psychology department and gives weightings to many environmental factors, incorporating psychological research on restorative environments. The Tranquil City Index makes it simple to visualise which areas are more likely to be good for people, either being used in a background algorithm to optimise end-user options, or as a visual map layer to your website or application offering easy-to-understand information on environmental quality.  

In essence, every app with a geographical interface could use the Tranquil City API. Help your users lead healthier lives in the city by integrating our simple, easy to understand data on environmental quality.

Public & Employee Wellbeing Events

We can support your public campaign or employee engagement programmes by running events to demonstrate approaches to life in the city that can improve wellbeing and increase positive feelings about the workplace and city life in general. We encourage healthy daily practices, exploration of the environment around us, promote regular contact with nature, and aim to increase the appeal of walking and cycling.

We can offer walks to show your audience or employees the spaces on their doorstep that they can visit in day-to-day life, during a commute or lunch break, for a bit of relaxation and the chance to return feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Go Jauntly – “Beat the Commute” Series

Marking the first phase of the Go Jauntly and Tranquil City collaboration, using our Aggregated Data Analysis Tool (ADAT) Tranquil City has helped integrate bitesize evidence-based information on the environmental quality benefits of the ‘Beat the Commute’ routes that Go Jauntly curated in partnership with Transport for London.

These headlines were designed to encourage commuters to incorporate walking into their daily journeys, by explaining how these routes help them to experience more urban qualities that are good for health and wellbeing, such as reducing air pollution and noise exposure and including twice as much greenspace and tree cover, compared to the most ‘direct’ route from A to B. Each of the bitesize headlines are backed up by a “read more” link that enables users to understand more about how their environment can impact their wellbeing.

“More people than ever want to live sustainably and reduce their own carbon emissions or air pollution. Enabling walking in tranquil, green and healthy spaces is fundamental to everything we’re doing at Go Jauntly. Collaborating with like-minded organisations such as Tranquil City is the best way to effect urgent and immediate change.” said Hana Sutch, Founder of Go Jauntly.

Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “Walking for just ten minutes twice a day can have enormous benefits, including reducing the risk of depression, Type 2 diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease and cancer. We know that the easiest way for Londoners to stay physically active is to walk as part of their daily travel, and choosing cleaner, greener routes like Go Jauntly and Tranquil City have compiled, is bound to make the experience even more enjoyable.”

Better Bankside – Low Emission Walking Routes Analysis

Following a partnership on the OrganiCity Phase 2 experiment which explored methods of public engagement with tranquillity in London and the Tranquil Pavement London creation, Tranquil City has conducted route analysis and optimisation suggestions on Better Bankside’s Low Emission routes which involved a presentation as part of their London Design Festival event “Designing a Sustainable Bankside” at Fora, Borough.

The analysis using our Aggregated Data Analysis Tool (ADAT) demonstrated that by taking the Better Bankside Low Emission routes people can reduce their exposure to noise and air pollution by up to 16% and increase the amount of greenery and trees they experience by over three times, when compared to the most ‘direct’ route suggested by common routing technologies. Additionally, our analysis of the local area was able to provide alternative route options and optimisations, further reducing noise and air pollution exposure and increasing the amount of greenspace and trees to up to five times that of the “direct” route.

Selfridges & Co. – Wellbeing Week Tranquil Walks

As part of Selfridges & Co.’s Wellbeing Week for their staff, Tranquil City held a series of Tranquil Walks that explored the areas of calm surrounding their Oxford Street Headquarters. The intention was to inspire them to explore their area, promote the concept of walking meetings and how getting outside can improve wellbeing and work-life balance. The participants were surveyed on their feelings before and after the walk and a poster report was presented that demonstrated how beneficial these spaces were for health & wellbeing, indicating the air quality, soundscape, quality of greenspace and historic features, as well as how the survey results showed how the walks improved feelings of relaxation, happiness and inspiration.

A Selfridge’s Staff participant said of the walk: “I’ve worked in Selfridges for years but didn’t know any of the places visited on the walk today. On a normal day, you just go from the tube station to the office, that’s it!”.

The Showroom, Carole Wright & Westminster City Council – ‘Avant Gardener’ Tranquil Walk

As part of the Avant Gardener series of events coordinated by Carole Wright, an urban gardener, beekeeper and walker, and the Showroom non-profit community art hub, Tranquil City curated and hosted a Tranquil Walk around the area of Paddington. The walk began with a discussion with the participants, who were all locals to the area and part of the Penfold Workshop group, on the ability to find calm, green spaces with cleaner air on their doorstep. The walk then explored the hidden gardens, canals, historic buildings and underground rivers within a 20-min walking distance, bridging the divide between areas of stark social and economic differences, the polluted Edgware Road, touristy Venice Canal and the beautiful Fisherton Street Estate’s Peaceful & Reflective Garden.

“A very enjoyable and informative walk.” Margaret of the Pendfold Workshop Group.

OrganiCity Phase 2 – Co-creating the Tranquil City

Following our successful first phase of the OrganiCity project, Tranquil City were awarded further funding to conduct a wider experiment, that investigated the impact of how the creation of an online free public resource could incentivise people to explore and share their perspectives on tranquillity in London, whilst also helping them to understand the environmental quality benefits they can provide for health and wellbeing. The experiment, led by Tranquil City, was an innovative and collaborative partnership between Outlandish Cooperative, Better Bankside, Team London Bridge, City of London Corporation, Lewisham Council and the John Evelyn Community Garden. A public co-creation workshop began the public facing phase of the experiment, which was to help understand the end-user needs and motivations for the platform, as well as to critique and improve the visualisation of the data on noise and air quality presented. Following this, a comprehensive series of engagement events were held in each of the focus areas of the City of London, Bankside & London Bridge, Deptford and Lewisham, that included public tranquil walks, primary school children workshops, office staff wellbeing walks and professional talks.

“The project has contributed to our aims of raising public awareness of the benefits of avoiding main roads and enjoying green space. Tranquil City have been proactive, engaging and reliable in all their communications with myself and the Air Quality Strategy team at Lewisham Council.” Cllr Sophie McGeevor, Brockley Ward (Labour) & Air Quality Champion.

“Tranquil City has complemented other place shaping and mobility agendas that we are pursuing in the London Bridge area, particularly our Green Grid Programme of greening local routes and Low Emissions Neighbourhood status through which we are promoting low emission routes away from polluted major roads…. We held an event in our community venue which was well attended and delivered professionally, and a led walk involving two businesses.” Jack Skillen, Placeshaping Director, Team London Bridge.

“The Tranquil City project has provided the stakeholders in the City of London an extra opportunity to consider their exposure to air pollution… A communications strategy initiated by Tranquil City project leaders, and supported by the City of London teams was effective” Beth Humphrey, Air Quality and Communications Assistant, City of London Corporation.

OrganiCity Phase 1 – An investigation into the positive impacts of tranquil spaces on health and mobility in London

Our experimentation investigated the links between the subjective perception of tranquillity in London and healthier areas of the city, particularly those of low noise and low air pollution exposure. The work involved the creation of the first version of the Tranquil Pavement London, which combined noise and air quality data across the whole of London with publically crowdsourced contributions of areas of tranquillity shared to the social media hashtag #tranquilcitylondon. It particularly focussed on the potential for how the positive appeal of tranquil, green and more natural spaces could have on mobility in the city through a Co-creation workshop held at the Urban Innovation Centre in Farringdon, London which demonstrated the benefits of routing via tranquil spaces for reducing individual exposure to noise and air pollution.