Friday, 13 May 2011

New floating promenade wins planning award

A new floating promenade has won the top planning award from the Mayor of London in March 2011.

Described as 'a new river park', the Thames Promenade is a mile long floating walkway, with themed pavilions and ferry terminals. It is proposed for the north side of the Thames between Blackfriars Bridge and the Tower of London. Designed by Gensler, the project is to be constructed in time for the Olympics with the laudable aim of revitalising the river.

We welcome this ideal as the Thames is an under utilised resource and hope this may be the catalyst for the urgently needed improvement in access to the river to enhance both visitors' and Londoners' experience of the Thames. The river is indeed one of London's most under-used assets.

We note, however, that the majority of existing facilities are on the south side of the river from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge. Although it is possible to walk alongside the river from Westminster Bridge/South Bank and past the Tate Modern and Globe Theatre, and on to Tower Bridge/City Hall, ease of access is varied and the route is not continuous. In some sections, namely circumventing Southwark Cathedral and Southwark Bridge, public access to the river is non-existent. If you are ambulant or visually disabled, or elderly, linking accessible sections of the riverside walk becomes a major exercise. It is this stretch of the river, with the greatest pedestrian movement, that is in urgent need of improvement if London's riverside is to be accessible to all, and an enjoyable experience for the increased number of visitors in 2012. Improving the south side of the river would be a real lasting legacy of the Olympics and add to the economic development of the adjoining areas.

Monday, 28 March 2011

London Mayor supports London Promenade

In a meeting at City Hall on 21 January 2011, Boris Johnson, Mayor of London expressed enthusiasm and support for the London Promenade project. His views were subsequently confirmed in a letter from the Mayor's Office. Alongside his support for the promenade, the Mayor stated that the GLA is presently unable to provide the much needed financial support for feasibilty studies. This initial seed funding now needs to be sourced from private finance.


Friday, 23 July 2010

Deputy Mayor attends Promenade exhibition

Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes is visiting the "1 City Many People" exhibition at City Hall today, 23rd July, to speak about accessibility and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

London Promenade exhibition extended

The "1 City Many People" exhibition at London's City Hall has been extended to 30th July.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

London Assembly to consider London Promenade

The Mayor has declared his intention to make 2011 the ‘year of walking’ and allocated millions of pounds to the cause, but will his proposals see more Londoners making their journeys on foot?

Caroline Pidgeon AM will lead an investigation on behalf of the Assembly’s Transport Committee to assess the effectiveness of current plans to get people walking and look at what more could be done.


Larger aspirational projects like the London Promenade and Living Streets’ plans to create a pedestrian network in central London will be considered alongside signage schemes like Legible London and local authority initiatives aimed at improving the streetscape for pedestrians, including Walworth Road in Southwark, Exhibition Road in Kensington and ‘naked’ Camden High Street.

Read more at london.gov.uk ...

Friday, 18 June 2010

London Promenade brochure released

As part of the "1 City Many People" exhibition, we have produced a brochure that explains the need for the London Promenade, presents the project and describes the many benefits it will bring.

Click here to view the brochure.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

"1 City Many People"

The London Promenade is featuring in a new exhibition, "1 City Many People", to be held at City Hall between 28th June and 21st July 2010.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Monday, 28 January 2008

Thursday, 10 January 2008

London Promenade featured in London waterfront exhibition

The London Promenade featured in an exhibition of waterfront design that took place at the New London Architecture Gallery between 10th January and 23rd February 2008.