We've teamed up with Southwark Council, and local businesses to look at how Keppel Row and America Street can be improved so that they are greener, more welcoming and can accommodate more footfall - our aim is to expand our network of quieter, more tranquil streets and to encouarge more people to use them.
On Keppel Row we have secured a small pot of funding from the developer of 61 Southwark Street to improve the historic alleyway. We have completed an initial design exercise and would like to hear your thoughts on the suggested improvements which are summarised in the in the draft plan and include:
- A new lighting "catenary" scheme along the alleyway which will be attached to the buildings either side of the alley. Please note the lights will be directed downwards and will not illuminate into any residential windows
- A new "resin-bound gravel" surface treatment to improve the appearance of the walkway. Note paving cannot be installed as there are so many low levels services and basements
- New planters with planting maintained by Better Bankside working with local volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering to help us to look after these new plants please do get in touch.
- The two historic "Clink bollards" will be refurbished and restored to their original condition.
- Small art works to celebrate the history of the historic alleyway including a small Keppel figurine attached to the London Councils building at 59 1/2 Southwark Street
- We are also working with the managers of 59 1/2 Southwark Street, and the Bridge on Southwark Bridge Road to install new green roofs.
On America Street we have been working with the businesses along the street to investigate potential measures to improve the air quality of the street. To test how this can be done we have developed the "Metal Box Garden" concept, this is currently being trialled the installation of two temporary skip gardens on the street.
Sep 19 2017