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Tate Modern Environs

With four major developments taking place adjacent to Tate Modern, Bankside Urban Forest is working to bring these landowners together to improve the public spaces between them.
Valerie Beirne
Bankside Urban Forest Manager
  • Composite image showing main developments around Tate Modern
    Area around the Tate Modern showing how the interface between Tate Modern and Neo Bankside will look when complete
  • Artists impression of southern side of Tate Modern upon completion of the Tate Modern Project
    Artists impression of southern side of Tate Modern upon completion of the Tate Modern Project

The area between Tate Modern and Southwark Street has undergone enormous change over the last 10-15 years.  With Bankside Mix and Neo Bankside both already well established, and the Tate Modern extension nearing completion, the focus now needs to shift to the streets and public spaces between these world-class new developments to make sure that they too are world class and can support the increased footfall that these developments will bring. Bankside Urban Forest has brought together Southwark Council, Tate Modern, Better Bankside and others to develop a project to improve the connection between the riverside and Southwark Street.

As a first step in the process, the council carried out a traffic study in October 2014 to quantify and analyse the volumes of pedestrian, cycle and vehicle movement through the area. Based on the relatively low volumes of vehicle movement, the report highlighted the potential for the closure of a section of Sumner Street between the junction of Holland Street and Bankside House to vehicular traffic in order to create a new world class plaza to link to the new Tate Modern landscape on the southside. Since the traffic study was completed, a draft design has been developed to detail how these improvements might look like. 

As part of the design process, a series of public events are planned where people who live, work and visit Bankside can find out more about the proposed improvements, and give their suggestions on shaping the emerging design.  Visit our events page for details of how to find out more.  A draft outline of the proposals can be downloaded here, and some key questions are answered here.  

We hope to see you at our events, and look forward to hearing your views.

Feb 26 2015