Steer Davies Gleave appointed to develop Bankside Boardwalk
SE1-based practice, Steer Davies Gleave, has been appointed by Better Bankside to develop design proposals for the Bankside Boardwalk project, which is funded in part through Transport for London’s Future Streets Incubator. The project will trial a temporary reconfiguration of Lavington Street to a one-way street, and use the freed up road-space to extend the footpath at grade through the design of a new modular structure: Bankside Boardwalk, to help improve the quality of environment of Lavington Street for those on foot.
The appointment of Steer Davies Gleave came as result of a design competition held this summer. Ten high quality submissions were made representing a total of 28 organisations representing a very wide range of disciplines from highways engineering to urban landscape design and product design. A panel made up of key partners Southwark Council and Transport for London were involved in selecting the winning team.
Initially located on Lavington Street, it will help to test how streets and pavements can be reconfigured to respond to the changing pressures that streets in cities and towns face, including accommodating increases in footfall and the need to navigate safely around building sites, temporary hoardings or roadworks.
Streets account for 80% of London’s public realm, and as the number of residents, workers and visitors in Bankside increases, our streets need to work harder to accommodate these differing needs. The Bankside Boardwalk will enable Better Bankside and its partners to test new ways of designing streets for the future.
Bankside Boardwalk is commissioned as part of Bankside Urban Forest, the long term strategy to improve the network of streets and spaces in Bankside. Bankside Boardwalk will be installed in early 2017 after engagement with local businesses and residents, and will be on site for a six-month trial.
The other shortlisted teams interviewed for the project were Cyclehoop with Witteveen+Bos, Carver Haggard Architects and Momentum/LDA.