January 14, 2013 by Juha Repo
Southwark Council has set up a project to improve the environment in the Blackfriars Road area.
There will be a walking audit and discussion on the following days
Wednesday 16 January at 8am to 9am, 12.30pm to 1.30pm or 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Saturday 19 January at 10am to 11am
If you would like to attend any of these sessions, please contact Dan Taylor to book a place or phone 020 7525 5450.
The council has said the following about this project:
BLACKFRIARS ROAD PROJECT
Blackfriars Road is changing. A variety of new developments are under construction, and further proposals are being submitted by developers along this historic street. This follows a wider process of change which has taken place over the last decade in the London Bridge Bankside opportunity area, as developments along the riverside and Southwark Street have been completed and regeneration has moved southwards. This process of change is set to continue as more and more people will move through the area with the recently completed Thameslink station on the riverwalk at Blackfriars, the Tate Modern extension set to complete in 2014, and the emerging masterplan for the Elephant and Castle to the south.
When Blackfriars Road was originally laid out in the 1800’s it was designed as “A handsome avenue by which strangers from the continent might approach the capital through an avenue of lamps, of magnificent breadth and goodness.” We are aware from initial discussions with residents and businesses that local people have concerns around the existing road, with fast vehicles speeds, little planting, and poor crossing points. In order to address issues, a project has been set up led by the council, Transport for London, Better Bankside, Waterloo Quarter, Southbank Employers Group and landowners to improve the public realm and open spaces along Blackfriars Road. We want to improve the trading environment for local retailers and businesses, improve the quality of the area for residents, and ensure the process of change is co-ordinated and maximises benefits for local people. The council and partners have appointed local architects Allies and Morrison to carry out a mapping and design exercise to plot all the new projects along the ground onto a basemap, and develop proposals for how we can achieve the highest quality of public realm along the road.
Why not join us to find out more?
As a first step in the process, we would like to hear your ideas and visions for how we can best improve the environment of Blackfriars Road, and have set up a number of opportunities for you to have your say.
Come and join us for a walking audit and discussion on the road on Wednesday 16 January at 8am to 9am, 12.30pm to 1.30pm or 6.30pm to 7.30pm, or Saturday 19 January at 10am to 11am. These are great opportunity to let us know what you like and dislike about the environment, and meet the team of local partners and designers working to improve the local area. Please contact us as below if you would like to book a space on any of these tours.
Visit our project webpage at www.southwark.gov.uk/blackfriarsroad
Please send us your suggestions for how we can make improvements to the streetscene by calling or writing to using the details below.
Once we have had chance to absorb initial comments, we will be developing options for the road, please come and join us at a “Future Blackfriars Road workshop” to discuss emerging ideas – we will advertise this on www.southwark.gov.uk/blackfriarsroad after the initial walking audits.
To hear more about how we are working to manage and coordinate all the construction in the area, sign up to receive electronic or paper copies of our dbrief development news and keep up-to-date with changes in the area. Visit www.betterbankside.co.uk/contact-us then click “subscribe to dbrief development news”
If you would like paper copies of this letter or any further information relating to this project to be circulated around your residents association and/or estate, please do get in touch.
If you have questions or further queries, please contact me at Southwark Council on 020 7525 5450, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Dan Taylor, Principal Project Officer