Voices in the Urban Forest
Earlier in the year, we commissioned architects Gort Scott to help us develop ideas for improving the network of streets and spaces linking Southwark Street with Union Street and beyond. With more than six developments recently completed, on site or in the development pipeline, Lavington, Ewer and Great Guildford Streets are changing dramatically. Footfall will increase through this area, and the streets will need to accommodate the additional people and visitors that these developments will bring.
We'll be launching 'Voices in the Urban Forest', an action plan and manifesto informed by consultation with local residents, businesses and community groups, at the LAKE on 26th September. Voices in the Forest sets out key actions and projects that can be delivered in the coming months and years, by different stakeholders, to help improve some of the spaces and places within this key part of Bankside's neighbourhood. Proposals range from small scale greening opportunities, to larger scale improvements to streets, tunnels and arches.
Among the first projects to be implemented, will be the cleaning and lighting of the Ewer Street rail tunnel and arch. Works on this will start in mid-September 2013 and last for approximately 8 weeks. The businesses along the Ewer Street's rail arches are also set to benefit from additional bike parking and planting which will start to articulate some of the ideas of the Low Line, an emerging idea to make more use of the rail viaduct as a key walking and cycling route across the area.