Everything you need to know about our initiatives
The Northbank Business Improvement District (BID) was officially established in July 2013, after a balloting process administered by the City of Westminster was put in place. Businesses eligible to pay an additional businesses levy voted a resounding ‘Yes’ result at the ballot with 80% of businesses voting in favour of the BID (92% Rateable value).
The Northbank area is rich in history, architecture, culture and famous landmarks, including Trafalgar Square and Somerset House. The BID work across our 4 strategic themes (Public Realm & Environment, Community Safety and Business resilience, Corporate Community and Engagement, Marketed & Promoted and Strategic Vision) to enhance and make improvements to the area, and to showcase its assets to businesses, visitors, tourists and local residents alike, making The Northbank a world class destination.
With the ever-changing political landscape, BIDs are becoming firmly established as a key delivery agent working on behalf of the private sector. Influencing key government decision making processes and lobby for change are becoming a focal point of activity within the BID agenda. The footprint encompasses some of London’s greatest assets with our boundary spanning from Trafalgar Square, along the Strand and Victoria Embankment to Aldwych.
The BID continues to deliver the priorities set by the business community, and its own structured business plan to further complement the footprint. The Northbank BID work towards presenting and completing ambitious projects that focus on the public realm and placemaking of the footprint, with such proposals to transform the Strand/Aldwych area, which was just presented with budget of £18 Million. The Northbank BID were delighted to be designated as a Business Low Emission Neighbourhood by the GLA, delivering a range of interventions throughout of second term to address big issues such as Air Quality.
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The ambition of the Strand Aldwych project is to transform this location from a polluted, traffic dominated gyratory to a pedestrian-focused destination with strong links to the surrounding districts. The new public realm will balance the needs of the every day for the local community with a world-class scheme.
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Encouraging staff, students and residence to take a break at lunchtime, with regular free events.
From wellbeing walks along cleaner air routes to pop-up events which uncover the easy ways of reducing our exposure to air pollution.
On-street security briefings take place on the third Thursday of the month at 11am in The Northbank. These briefings are for those with an interest in the safety and security of the area, particularly those working in security. Last month’s briefing focused on the new pedestrianised space, Strand Aldwych, and addressed security concerns such as phone snatching and theft.