South Bank Spine Route public realm design

Reimagining and improving Belvedere Road, Upper Ground and Concert Hall Approach – a better place to live, work and visit at the heart of London’s South Bank

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Project background

Belvedere Road and Upper Ground, locally known as the ‘Spine Route’, is a key vehicular, pedestrian and cyclist route running through the heart of central London’s South Bank.

Immediately south of and running parallel to the Thames between Westminster and Blackfriars bridges, it functions as a movement corridor for different transport modes, acts as a gateway to the South Bank, serving a world-renowned creative and cultural cluster as well as resident communities.

Last fully refurbished in 1997, the Spine Route is now in need of investment and improvement. To take this forward, Lambeth Council has commissioned independent urban design, landscape architects and planning consultancy LDA Design to develop a public realm masterplan and design proposals for the Spine Route.

The South Bank Spine Route public realm design project seeks to reimagine the Spine Route, taking account of the ways in which it can support its key functions more efficiently, and identifying opportunities for it to further contribute to the area’s success as a place work live, work and visit.

Let’s work together to create a thriving public space for the South Bank neighbourhood that works and that everyone can access and enjoy!

What will we achieve?

The South Bank Spine Route public realm design project includes a number of key outputs to initiate the transformation of this vital Central London thoroughfare and public space.

LDA Design will work with the borough and local stakeholders to develop the following:

  1. Public realm masterplan for the area
  2. Design proposals for four locations along the route
  3. Delivery Plan
  4. Management and maintenance plan

How are we going to achieve this?

Lambeth will be engaging closely with local stakeholders to understand the challenges and opportunities and define a transport and design solution that balances community, business and landowner priorities.

A Project Steering Group has been set up to guide the project and make key decisions. This is chaired by Cllr Claire Holland, the elected member for Environment & Clean Air, and includes Nic Durston, Chief Executive of South Bank Employers Group and South Bank BID in addition to senior officers at Lambeth Council.

A thorough multi-channel Engagement Strategy has been produced to ensure that a broad spectrum of stakeholders are engaged and enabled to help to shape the Masterplan and public realm designs. The following means have been undertaken to date:

  • Stakeholder site visit and survey - (8 August 2019)
  • Ideas Workshop - (8 August 2019)
  • 1:1 sessions with key stakeholders - (October – November 2019)
  • Masterplan Options Workshop - (29 October 2019)

What will happen at the end of this project?

Once designs are completed and approved, it is envisaged that Lambeth will progress with phased delivery from Autumn/Winter 2020.

This will build on the momentum currently generated by other local projects – including the TfL led Waterloo City Hub scheme and Lambeth led improvements to Sandell Street, further contributing to positive change locally.

How to have your say?

To learn more about the project and to help you have your say please watch our short video:

We want your views on our proposals to improve some streets in the South Bank area and you can share them with us by completing our survey. The consultation closes on 8 December 2019.

View the Have your say on our plans to improve the South Bank Spine Route Consultation

Opportunities to have your say on the proposals will come as design proposals emerge. Please follow this page for project updates.

We will also be using social media platforms, including Lambeth Council Twitter and Lambeth Council Facebook to keep you up to date with the project progress.

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Area Regeneration Team