Blackfriars Road – a bright future for a historic street
As part of Bankside Urban Forest, Better Bankside has teamed up with Southwark Council, local business and resident communities and key developers along Blackfriars Road to develop a strategy for stitching together the public spaces that link developments underway or in the planning pipeline along this historic street in Bankside.
Working with local architecture firm Allies and Morrison: Urban Practitioners, a number of consultation events have been held in recent months, including walking tours for local residents and businesses along Blackfriars Road and a "coffee spot" consultation at a pop-up cafe on the street. The outcome of these events has been the production of some ten principles to help developers, landowners and agencies like Transport for London and Southwark Council plan and design the public spaces around and between their properties.
The principles bring together character and identity, landscaping and public realm, activity, movement and the design of the road and spaces around it.
The aim is to ensure that the spaces between the developments are given due care and attention, so that the whole street can support the variety of future users – be they local residents and employees, visitors to the area, or commuters who use the road as a key transport corridor between Elephant and Castle and the City of London.
The project has been commissioned through Bankside Urban Forest, a long-term partnership initiative that works to coordinate investments and improvement to the network of streets and public spaces between the riverside and Elephant and Castle, spreading the benefits of regeneration deeper into the Borough.
Bankside Urban Forest is managed by Better Bankside on behalf of a wider partnership of organisations including Southwark Council, Tate Modern, Land Securities, Native Land, Cross River Partnership and the Greater London Authority’s Regeneration team. The initiative also works closely with local grass roots organisations including Bankside Open Spaces Trust, Bankside Residents’ Forum and Southwark Living Streets.