London Bridge Visioning
London Bridge Business Improvement District manages aspects of this prime location around the railway station. A number of high profile attractions and developments are transforming this part of London. However the different projects often fail to provide a coherent image of the area and to cater for pedestrians and cyclists.
The BID (Team London Bridge) commissioned AR Urbanism to work on a public realm strategy responding to the aspirations of local stakeholders. We distilled workshop feedback into practical streetscape and landscape interventions, using the information collected from a number of engagement initiatives.
The main criteria shaping the rational of the public realm improvements were:
- Celebrating the railway arches, the key character element embedded in the area’s DNA;
- Maximising useable public realm to support the spill out from activities taking place in the regenerated arches;
- Rebalancing the amount and quality of street space in favour of pedestrians and cyclists;
- Introducing a flexible layout to allow for a potential downgrade to the traffic function on the streets around London Bridge Station;
- Recognising the importance of quality public realm as a branding tool;
- Improving the pedestrian connections between activities and attractions in the area;
- Integrating the function and presence of More London and the “corporate buildings” in the area;
- Maximise the opportunities for introducing planting, trees and seating;
- Supporting the extension of activities into the evening by providing better lighting and attractive locations.