Draft Waterloo and South Bank Public Realm Framework

Waterloo and South Bank is experiencing significant development and economic growth. This brings both benefits and challenges, including increased pressure on infrastructure and public spaces or the ‘public realm’.

Lambeth Council and its consultants have been running local events on what improvements might look like and have now published a draft framework and a survey. This new framework features six guiding principles for improvements across 18 spaces or locations.

The guiding principles are:

  1. Encourage the provision of civic amenity and green infrastructure, supporting accessibility, health and wellbeing for all
  2. Celebrate and protect culture, heritage, and design excellence 
  3. Address the real and perceived barriers to movement, accessibility and legibility across the area
  4. Integrate security features early in the design process to create coherent, safe streets and spaces
  5. Maximise the positive impacts of development and minimise disruption 
  6. Design and plan for an environment with the capacity to support future growth.

It also identifies five ‘priority’ projects – those in greatest need of improvement – have emerged from the study. This includes, Victory Arch Square (outside Waterloo Station) and Emma Cons Gardens on The Cut.

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