Share your views with us and help to shape the future of the Draft Waterloo and South Bank Public Realm Framework. The consultation is open from 26 March to 6 May 2019. Respond to our short online survey below.


Waterloo and South Bank is experiencing significant development and economic growth. This brings both benefits and challenges, including increased pressure on infrastructure and the public realm.

To understand the public realm Improvement needs of the area better and to prioritise and direct resources, Lambeth Council has worked with urban design and public realm consultants, Publica, to develop a Draft Public Realm Framework.

The Framework provides an assessment of the existing public realm and identifies opportunities for improvement across Bishop’s Ward, Lambeth. Based on a rigorous baseline audit of streets and spaces, it establishes six guiding principles to shape better placemaking. These principles inform and infuse 18 location specific spatial briefs that describe the type of improvements that should be considered in each location.

The Draft Public Realm Framework is intended to underpin the Lambeth Local Plan and other strategic documents, provide direction to the public and private sector, help secure support and funding from a variety of public and private sources, and act as a springboard for the improvement and investment necessary to support growth, resilience, independence and place.

You can view an Executive Summary, the full Public Realm Framework document and other supporting documents below, along with a link to the short online survey.

Draft Waterloo and South Bank Public Realm Framework

The Framework is structured around six guiding principles (page 7 of the executive summary). The principles emerged from an extensive process of research, fieldwork and consultation; and provide place making guidance to all stakeholders concerned with the public realm.

The draft Framework also identifies 18 public spaces (or locations) within Waterloo and the South Bank and groups them into four thematic ‘families’. Each ‘family’ is defined by an overarching need. For example, spaces that can improve connections between stations, or spaces that can enhance the Thames River promenade. Each space (or location) has a spatial brief. The spatial briefs are not designs. Rather, they describe and provide guidance on the types of improvements that should be considered in each location.

Five ‘priority’ projects - those in greatest need of improvement - have emerged from the study. This includes, Victory Arch Square (outside Waterloo Station) and Emma Cons Gardens on The Cut.

Four example projects have been worked up as high level, indicative concept designs. These illustrate the types of improvements that could be delivered in these locations, responding directly to the needs analysis, guiding principles and spatial brief. Any future delivery would be subject to a design commission, consultation and available funding.

How to respond

Below are the key documents which we would encourage you to review before responding to the consultation. They are:

We want to hear your views and you can share them with us by completing the short survey below:

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What happens next?

  1. The Council will review all responses and integrate/update the Draft Public Realm Framework as appropriate.
  2. A final Waterloo and South Bank Public Realm Framework will then be published on the council’s website.
  3. This strategy will support the emerging evidence base of the Draft Revised Lambeth Local Plan (DRLLP).

Other ways to respond

We want to make sure everyone can access our consultations, a big part of the council's decision making. We hold monthly drop-in sessions at Lambeth Town Hall to offer help or a computer to complete our online consultations.

Thank you for taking part, we look forward to receiving your comments.

How to respond

This consultation ended on Monday 6 May 2019 and is now closed for responses.