Publica’s Northbank Public Realm Vision and Strategy officially launched today

Following on from our appointment to develop a wider area survey, Publica had been asked to produce a Public Realm Vision and Strategy for the Northbank Business Improvement District which was officially launched at the BID’s Annual General Meeting today.

The strategy sets out five ‘families’ of projects covering all areas of The Northbank: Aldwych, Strand, Victoria Embankment, Villiers Street and then Lanes, Courts and Smaller Spaces. Within the 40 projects put forward overall, the strategy recommends that several projects are prioritised, and these include:

— the reconfiguration of the Aldwych gyratory, prioritising pedestrians and reducing the impact of traffic;

— the creation of a new landmark public space in between Aldwych and Somerset House around the St-Mary-le-Strand church;

— upgrading crossings to improve connections between key destinations and areas within our footprint;

— a world-class urban promenade created to help improve both the riverfront and the historical ceremonial route of Strand and Aldwych;

— de-cluttering key areas such as Charing Cross station forecourt;

— and lighting and shopfront upgrades along Strand celebrating the architecture above ground and reinvigorating the night-time economy of the area.

Kiaran MacDonald, the Chair of The Northbank BID, announced at the AGM that the strategy “represents the most comprehensive set of proposals for The Northbank since the Victorian era and demonstrates how an improved public realm is not simply a ‘nice to do’ but a fundamental part of creating spaces that are vibrant, inviting and commercially successful.”

The strategy has also received significant press coverage, read articles from City AM, Property Week and Evening Standard.

Read the full press release here. Download the Northbank Public Realm Vision and Strategy here.

Posted in: Recent News, Projects
Date: June 16, 2015