Once the email was received explaining Putney Exchange had won in the prize draw, it was a case of picking a water dispenser that suited the shopping centre, choosing where on-site it was going to go, and deciding on the design.
Like many shopping hotspots in London, the COVID-19 pandemic forced many shops within the Putney Exchange to close. Therefore, when looking for a solution, the health benefits of UV technology and contactless dispensing made the Eco-UV Genie the ideal solution for the centre.
As previously mentioned, sustainability is a factor in all decision-making for Irene and the team. In January 2021, Putney was named one of London’s most polluted sites. Putney High Street registered average levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) far above the 40 micrograms per cubic metre of air allowed by UK law1. Since then, the community has been working to reduce this. There has been a consistent decline in pollution over the past few years as the council has focused on monitoring and improving pollution levels in air quality hotspots2. Companies such as the Putney Exchange have played a big part in this, working with the Natural History Museum to help monitor the sustainability of the building and area. Reducing single-use plastic bottle usage supports improving their sustainability score and environment. Therefore, having a bottle counter on the Eco-UV Genie dispenser was another reason this model was desirable for the centre.
In terms of installation, the team weighed up a few options of where the dispenser could go and upstairs seemed to be the ideal spot. This location sees high footfall due to being next to the centre’s toilets. It is also just outside the gym, meaning gym-goers can easily access water when walking in and out of the facility. The bottle filling station was installed quickly, with water and electric supply implemented.
The team at Putney Exchange went for a simplistic design for the dispenser to match the modern interior of the shopping centre. The blue reflects the core Putney colours. A sustainability message on the front of the machine was included to support the bottle counter and spread awareness of the benefits of the Refill Station.