In a specially commissioned urban study of the Bankside area, the leading architect Richard Rogers recommends that ‘all the key partners should work together to develop and implement a shared vision for the area. There is a unique opportunity to make a real difference to the quality of life of people living and working in Bankside in the future’.
The study was commissioned by Tate, who asked the Richard Rogers Partnership to create a vision for positive and realistic change in the area. Over several months they talked and listened to people who live and work in the area, and sought creative solutions to issues they raised. The publication of the report will allow further consultation to take place.
The study focused on two key areas: the quarter known as the Bankside Triangle which is bounded on the north side by the river, on the west by Blackfriars Road, on the east by Borough High Street and on the south by the Elephant and Castle; and the vicinity immediately to the south of Tate Modern.
In the Bankside Triangle, the study makes a number of key recommendations to:
- improve key routes and access throughout the area
- enhance the public realm and streetscape
- reinforce neighbourhood identity
- encourage pedestrian links throughout the area
It also suggests that new community facilities are created and retail opportunities are increased.
In the area immediately to the south of Tate Modern, three alternative schemes are outlined and a co-ordinated approach to development by the key players, the Council, the community, landowners and other interested stakeholders, is strongly recommended. This would result in the development of exciting new community facilities including a new car-free public square, surrounded by restaurants and shops, to the south of the gallery. This piazza would create a community focus, providing space for performance and art and enhance future development of the area.
The next step is to put the study out to public consultation during the summer.