It could be argued that a council’s role is to safeguard the long term future of its communities. Southwark Council has been demonstrating this approach for some time by bringing culture to the forefront of the borough’s presence in central London and, working with charities and the private sector, rehabilitating the character of places such as Bankside, with huge success.
Connecting historic and cultural assets such as Borough Market, the Globe Theatre and Tate Modern through high quality public realm interventions has been the aim of key landowners, tenants and organisations such as Better Bankside, Bankside Residents’ Forum, Bankside Open Spaces Trust and the Bankside Neighbourhood Forum. Partnerships between the public, private and third sector are forging a common vision for the future of the area through initiatives like Bankside Urban Forest, the Bankside Neighbourhood Plan and Edible Bankside.
This discussion explores the wider benefits that collaborations can bring to an area and highlights some of the innovations that this way of working has created, and whether this more localised approach provides a viable alternative to speculative development.
Aug 27 2013