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Great Suffolk Street

Plans are afoot to improve this key street in Bankside which connects Southwark Street south towards Elephant and Castle
Valerie Beirne
Bankside Urban Forest Manager
Timescale: 
August 2011
December 2015
Key Partners: 
Design for London Southwark Council Better Bankside Bankside Residents' Forum
Key Outcome: 
Improved connections and spaces along Great Suffolk Street encouraging greater exploration along the street.

Great Suffolk Street is changing. Since Tate Modern opened in 2000, a range of new developments have been completed, are under construction or are in the development pipeline along the length of Great Suffolk Street.  

This key north / south artery in Bankside is a key link between the riverside and Elephant and Castle.  There is a need to to ensure that the public realm of the street adapts to this change, and can influence developments that will happen in the future to ensure that investment and footfall is drawn away from the riverside.

We're working with Southwark Council, Bankside Residents Forum, Mayor of London and others to improve the public realm and open spaces along the street, improve the trading environment for local retailers and businesses, and ensure the process of change is co-ordinated and maximises benefits for local people in line with the principles set out in the Bankside Urban Forest.

Phase 1 of the works, which upgraded the junction with Dolben Street by the White Hart pub was completed early in 2013.  This phase of work, which improved the junction for pedestrians and cyclists also incorporated new tree planting, seating and improved street lighting, and has resulted an uplift in footfall along the street, and an increase in uptake of vacant business premises along the street.

Download the report outlining the main proposals to improve Great Suffolk Street (.pdf 9MB)

Community input

After holding a number of discussions, focus groups and interviews with businesses and residents along the street we have drafted a strategy and vision for making improvements to the street to benefit all, which has the following key objectives:

  •  to safeguard and celebrate the success of existing businesses
  •  to shift the balance of the street to slow traffic and foster a more pedestrian friendly environment 
  •  to introduce green space, landscaping and planting where physically possible
  •  to work with and refine the distinctive character and history of the street

We have produced a set of plans and designs to visualise how we can achieve these objectives in a phased approach as new developments are completed along the street and funding can be secured.

This key north / south artery in Bankside is a key link between the riverside and Elephant and Castle.  There is a need to to ensure that the public realm of the street adapts to this change, and can influence developments that will happen in the future to ensure that investment and footfall is drawn away from the riverside.

Nov 27 2013