The Spine Route Project – Changing the Way We See South Bank
A complete holistic redesign of the streetscape and road finishes of Upper Ground / Belvedere Road which make up the South Bank Spine Route will take place with the aim of achieving a world class urban environment. The existing Spine Route finishes and street furniture were constructed approximately 15 years ago when the Spine Route was subject to a major public realm improvements scheme which opened in 1997. Since this time, the Spine Route has since suffered serious degradation from inadequate maintenance, whereby existing finishes have been replaced in part with unsympathetic repair materials and failure to achieve proper reinstatement after frequent and extensive utilities works.
Design consultants, Gross Max, appointed in 2013 were briefed on the above to address how the work on the developments at either end of the Spine Route can be tied in to a high quality streetscape design along the whole street, together with a phasing plan and recommendations for the most effective use of the funding immediately available from Lambeth Council, in a way which is consistent with a longer term improvement scheme. Gross Max have also researched the area to identify pedestrian and transport flows, cycle requirements and operational requirements to feed into a concept design for the area.
A New Look for South Bank
At present the project is at the design stage and preparations are being made for a period of public consultation of which more information will be available shortly.
Kate Hoey MP for Lambeth said “The Spine Route is the first positive proof that something is happening on the South Bank. This would not have been achieved without genuine partnership between employers, the local community and local authorities. The South Bank shows that there is another way to tackle London’s problems.”
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