Lavington Street set to benefit from £81,000 Future Streets Incubator funding
Better Bankside has been awarded £81,400 from Transport for London in Round 2 of the Mayor of London's Future Streets Incubator Fund. The funding will enable the design and build of a modular boardwalk to extend the pavements on Lavington Street. Linked to this, the project will test whether changing the traffic configuration in the street can transform the busy “rat-run” into a safer, greener and more welcoming environment more suited for walking and cycling.
The project is part of Better Bankside’s broader Bankside Urban Forest strategy, which aims to improve the network of streets and spaces south from the riverside, to help spread the social and economic benefits of regeneration deeper into Southwark.
Lavington Street, home to Marco Pierre White’s Marco’s restaurant, Citizen M hotel, and the new Hilton London Bankside lies just south of Southwark Street. It is also home to the national headquarters of CPRE, who are keen to see how the outcomes of this trial can be applied in rural market towns and other urban areas that suffer similar issues.
Lavington Street experiences high traffic speeds and is often used as a “rat-run”. Improving the walking experience along the street will help transform it into a more welcoming street.
The Bankside Boardwalk will be installed on a temporary basis for an initial three months in order to test both the effectiveness of the temporary changes to traffic, and the viability of longer term streetscape improvements. If successful, the boardwalk could be a method used throughout London and in other urban areas to improve the public realm and create more welcoming and people-friendly spaces.
Peter Williams, CEO, Better Bankside said: "Future Streets will make it possible to trial, in a creative and innovative way, the transformation of Lavington Street SE1 from a traffic cut-through to pleasant walking route for Bankside workers, residents and visitors to the area alike. We look forward to developing and implementing this exciting project with our local partners and TfL. We hope it can be a solution that can then be applied more widely in Bankside and elsewhere in London."
The boardwalk will be commissioned through an invited design and build competition, details of which will be released soon.
The Bankside Boardwalk will build on an earlier project Colourful Crossings which was also partly funded through Future Streets. With a focus on creatively transforming crossings on Southwark Street, research from the Colourful Crossings project revealed that:
- 68% of respondents felt happier because of the creative on-street interventions,
- 84% of respondents wanted to see further commissions along Southwark Street.