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Great Guildford Street

Plans to improve this street will bring improved access between the riverside, Tate Modern and the spaces and communities further south
Valerie Beirne
Bankside Urban Forest Manager
  • View of Great Guidlford Street looking south from the junction with Sumner Street
  • Tree plnating on the Sumner Estate as part of improving Great Guildford Street
    Thank Goodness for Trees - community tree planting event on Great Guildford Street 2009
Key Partners: 
Better Bankside, Tate Modern, Southwark Council, Design for London, London School of Economics, Bankside Residents' Forum, Corporation of London
Key Outcome: 
Improved street that supports a range of functions that serves the needs of local residents and businesses

Great Guildford Street is one of the key north/south routes, or 'Streams' in the Forest area. 
It provides a meandering relatively quiet street connecting Bankside south to Elephant and Castle. It is not without its problems, with conflicts between traffic and pedestrians, narrow pavements, and difficult crossing points. We're working with local stakeholders to look at how we can work together to improve Great Guildford Street, to create people friendly spaces that meet the needs of pedestrians and cyclists.
This work will improve connections to Bankside Mix from the Riverside, and will improve the quality of the public realm in this location.  Negotiations are underway with neighbouring landowners to see how their land can be incorporated into the overall scheme to create further open space along the street.  Proposals will be developed as local developments including the Tate Modern Project and redevelopment of the LSE halls of residence at Bankside House progress closer to practical completion.

In the meantime, we are working with local residents and businesses to implement small-scale improvements to the street through tree planting and other greening initiatives.

Jun 15 2011