London Bridge Arches
LONDON BRIDGE INTERVENTIONS
 The Urban Track envisaged restricting Tooley Street to public transport only, enlarging the sidewalks. Tooley Street is envisaged as a High-street retail model following Oxford Street with pedestrians been attracted alongside Tooley Street towards Tower Bridge.   
 The team of consultants went through an extensive consultation period with more than 30 representatives of over 400 stakeholders groups, including: local housing associations, developers, local trades and manufacturers, schools, artists, and cultural institutions. The design decisions were fe allowing for a loop feedback to be integrated. 
 The Urban Track identifies the potential for business opportunities on the south side of the archways including the archways, thus attracting bespoke independent retail to follow the model of Bermondsey Street and Camden Market area where the arches has been the dominating identifiable retail unit.   
 The inner path would deal with the arches and create links for north-south connections underneath the railways. It is not only gate but a pleasant journey through them heading towards a different place - Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey Square, the parks of this area, shops and markets. Due to the dominating presence and scale of the archways, the Design Path will concentrate on making them walkable and safe environment for both local residents and attract white collar workers southwards to the independent shops along Bermondsey Street.   
 The Design Path envisages in the short term cleaning, lighting, applying art, using green walls. It would include work on the pavement, the circulation (slowing car, making it more pedestrian and cycle friendly), adding a system of lighting, pavement and other features that would help the legibility to attract more clients and increase the footfall.  Creating an interesting place all around and inside the arches would make people crossing, but this should be teamed with the culture path, the events strategy, the art installations spread on the area, interesting local retail and workshops.  The Urban Track identified a chain of existing public green spaces. The Green Path links the public realm using a visual links, this works on the connections rather than adding work on single objects.  Adding elements to create links not only as a map but to allow for a bigger footfall and visual language to stimulate the link and use of public realm. The visual links use canvases and art features, creating gates to indicate the access. The physical connection improves shifting entrances, open gates into fences or eliminating them, working on the pavement.
 The area of London Bridge possesses an extremely interesting character historically - a huge condensation along the Riverside of both entertainment and functions which were less welcome in the inner city i.e. the London Clink, the Dungeon, the Operating Theatre. The Design Path identifies the flair and the uniqueness the area offers.    
The intervention plan
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