CSSC London GREEN Message – GLA – Bulletin 3 June 2021


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Industry Sector Leaders,

COMMS – Greater London Authority’s (GLA) Launch of Cool Spaces Phase 2 – Outdoors – 1st June 2021 and Indoors 21st June 2021 to 15th September 2021, subject to the Government’s Roadmap out of COVID-19 Lockdown Measures


Following the GLA’s invitation to register indoor and outdoor cool spaces for opening this summer, the GLA would like firstly to thank those who have registered spaces by completing the invitation as part of phase 2. This is very much appreciated.

Phase 2 will run from 1st June 2021, for outdoor cool spaces and 21st June 2021 for indoor cool spaces, until 15 September 2021, the period when Public Health England and the NHS Heatwave Plan is in operation.


Secondly, we are pleased to let you know that, despite the significant pressures that boroughs, community groups, cultural venues and faith based communities are facing due to the impacts of Covid-19, the GLA received a positive response  with a total of around 300 indoor and outdoor sites registered to date.


The GLA has now reviewed the cool spaces data sent by the boroughs, community groups, cultural venues and faith-based communities alongside data and mapping that the GLA holds. This ensures that the identified spaces fit into one of the three tiers that can apply to indoor and outdoor spaces: –


  • Tier 1 has the greatest number of minimum amenities that Londoners can expect from a cool space
  • Tier 2 has the second greatest number of minimum amenities
  • Tier 3 includes outdoor green and blue spaces which, although not providing the minimum amenities for tiers 1 and 2, provide suitable conditions for the public to access shade from heat.


The tiered approach to classifying cool spaces is meant to provide Londoners with a better understanding of what can be expected from spaces and how certain spaces can better fit their needs.

These cool spaces will be available to the public through an online map, which can be accessed on the GLA website. The map has a mobile function which allows members of the public to find suitable cools spaces near them.

The cool space sites are targeted at Londoners who would like to to/need to access outdoor, green shaded spaces and indoor cool spaces during the day to provide respite from the heat. This should help Londoners to better prepare for, respond to and recover from hotter summers ahead.

The cool spaces initiative isn’t targeted at ‘vulnerable’ and/or ‘at risk’ groups. Public Health England’s Heat Health Watch communications sets out the advice for these groups and is disseminated to boroughs. Also, the use of public spaces should follow current guidance on Covid-19 measures for indoors and outdoors.


The GLA would be most grateful if you could please assist once again by disseminating this communication. The Cool Spaces phase 2 map can be found on the GLA’s website, here: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/environment/climate-change/climate-adaptation/cool-spaces


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at: fireandresilience@london.gov.uk  


The GLA is open to receiving further registrations of indoor and outdoor cool spaces. Should you be aware of other contacts / networks which may be able to register cool spaces, please do forward on this email and invite them to register here.  To submit multiple outdoor spaces please contact fireandresilience@london.gov.uk  


Annette Figueiredo- Co-Project Lead (GLA’s Environment Team)

Jose Reis- Co- Project Lead (GLA’s Resilience Team)

On behalf of the GLA’s Cool Spaces Project Steering Group

Greater London Authority, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA