Strategic Vision

From transformational street improvements to air quality initiatives, these are the projects that are important locally and to the rest of London.

A Northbank Public Realm Study & Vision identified over 100 project areas to improve, from lighting schemes to the major highway transformation of Strand/Aldwych. Air quality and its impact on the area has also played a vital role in the vision for the future, successfully being named a Business Low Emission Neighbourhood.

For each possible improvement it has been vital to work closely in collaboration with Westminster City Council, the GLA, TfL, asset and building managers, as well as the occupying businesses.

Each project aims to bring improvements that will help make the local area more pleasant for customers and staff, as well as helping businesses to gain through increased footfall, reduction their emissions and reduction of running costs

Air Quality in the Northbank Area...

Cleaner Streets Initiative

Air Quality Initiatives

Improving Air Quality Together

Working with local business and strategic partners we have been undertaking a series of activities to tackle local pollution and exposure to pollution. The BID worked with both GLA and Westminster City Council to develop Business Low Emission Neighbourhood (BLEN) and is continuing activities for re-planning deliveries and servicing, awareness raising campaigns, promoting walking and cycling and enhancing clean air walking routes and more.

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Air Quality Initiatives

Placemaking

The Northbank is one of the most culturally significant places in London; from Aldwych to the Strand and Trafalgar Square, it is a key priority for the BID to enhance the area to complement the surrounding cultural destinations and world-famous hoteliers and hospitality.

The BID is currently involved in various placemaking projects, which all aim to continue to make The Northbank and central London, a world-class destination.

For more information on all of our placemaking projects please click the link below

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Other Major Public Realm Improvements

Public realm enhancement projects include: Strand Aldwych, Villiers Street, and area strategies for Strand & West area and the riverside.

Villiers Street: a vision is being developed with Westminster City Council to enhance the character of the street.

Strand & West Area: this is the next focus for the BIDs Public Realm work, bringing a renewed strategy to the area.

The river: identified in the Westminster City Plan as a future Riverside Cultural Quarter, the BID will be developing a plan with Westminster City Council to enhance the access to, and opportunities on, the riverside.

Public Realm Strategy and Vision 2017

Northbank BID

Public Realm Vision and Strategy 2015

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Illuminated River

The Illuminated River will be a long term art commission on an unprecedented scale: a scheme to light central London’s bridges along the River Thames. Coming to the Northbank in the summer of 2020, the illuminated bridges will greatly enhance the evening and nighttime atmosphere in the area. Find out more on the Illuminated River Project website.

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