London’s South Bank: powerhouse of change?

Thursday 8 October 2015

09:00 – 18:00 (registration from 08:30)

Rambert, 99 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PP

Waterloo Bridge North © Hayes Davidson

Is the 1000-year old dominance of the North Bank of the Thames over the South Bank coming to an end as development brings new jobs, commercial space and homes south of the river?

This central stretch of London’s river, from Canada Water to Battersea, is undergoing huge change. With major plans afoot for Canada Water, Blackfriars Mile coming along apace, clusters of tall towers starting to emerge around London Bridge, Waterloo, Blackfriars and Vauxhall, work progressing on Battersea Power Station and plans for new river crossings moving forward, what is the future for this area? Have we got a clear enough vision for this major stretch of the Thames? Are we producing the best piece of city we can here and is this the right thing for London? 
A morning conference looked at key issues for the area was followed by a networking lunch and afternoon walking tours.
View images from the event via our flickr page here

Tour A: Canada Water to London Bridge – Led by Jon Abbott and James Oates, Southwark Council

Delegates got the tube to Canada Water to meet their tour guides before visiting the top of Barratt's Maple Court residential scheme to discuss the change planned for Canada Water, before walking to Grosvenor's site at the old Biscuit Factory and then down to London Bridge Quarter, Science Gallery and Cancer Centre with London Bridge station.

Tour B: Bankside and Blackfriars Mile – led by Dan Taylor, Regeneration Co-ordinator, Southwark Council

Starting at South Bank Tower, this tour walked towards Blackfriars Bridge to update on the regeneration plans for Blackfriars Mile, walking past the much-discussed Tate extension and finishing at London Bridge, taking in key projects and strategies along the way.

Tour C: South Bank and Waterloo – Led by Iago Griffiths, Regeneration Project Officer, LB Lambeth

This tour discussed key projects in this major area of change, looking at the Southbank Centre, Elizabeth House and the Shell Centre, exploring plans around Leake Street and Lower Marsh, and finishing at the Imax to hear what is in store for the roundabout.

Tour D: South Bank culture tour – led by Mark Davy, Founder, Futurecity

This tour formed a narrative around the cultural industry along London’s Southbank from Blackfriars to Battersea, with stops including South Bank Tower and Damien Hirst's hotly-anticipated new Newport Street Gallery amongst others.

09:00 - Morning conference
13:00 - Networking Lunch
14:00 - Walking tours
16:00 - End of walking tours and networking drinks kindly hosted by Allies and Morrison 
18:00 - End