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Area Enhancement Strategy

Bank

Area Enhancement Strategy

The Bank area sits at the very heart of the City of London as the historic and contemporary home of London’s financial and business communities. A thriving commercial centre, the area is the principal location of international banks, insurance companies and other financial establishments. Historic institutions, ancient churches, guilds and livery companies are also found within its streets. Bank is additionally a significant transport hub: Bank junction is the meeting point of six key roads and the underground station is one of the busiest on the network. Large volumes of people currently travel through the area daily, particularly during the morning and evening rush hours, and with significant new developments planned, a large uplift in the volume of users is anticipated.

Publica was commissioned by the City of London to develop a single public realm vision for the streets and spaces of the Bank area and to suggest positive ways in which the public realm could be improved and upgraded to accommodate anticipated future growth. The strategy focused on addressing priorities identified through an earlier consultation process and subsequent analysis report (also commissioned from Publica). User priorities included improving the pedestrian environment – particularly around Bank junction – and reducing conflict between different modes of transport.

The strategy culminated in a vision for the Bank area’s public realm and drawn briefs for identified streets and spaces. It focused on ways in which opportunities afforded by the area’s historic alleys and lanes could be capitalised upon – used as alternative routes for pedestrians and cyclists during peak hours and quieter rest spaces at other times.

In developing the strategy Publica worked closely with transport planners from Atkins and City of London planning officers.

In early 2013, following the City’s public consultation on the draft strategy, Publica was additionally commissioned to analyse and report on its findings. The Bank Area Enhancement Strategy was adopted by City members in Summer 2013.

  • Title: Bank Area Enhancement Strategy
  • Location: City of London, London
  • Year: 2013–2014
  • Client: City of London