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BIDs bring some Green Sky Thinking to urban sustainability issues


How Business Improvement Districts are Transforming London's Urban Landscape

Four of London’s most prominent Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) joined forces as part of the week-long Green Sky Thinking events programme to celebrate the many achievements of BIDs in bringing sustainability to the urban environment.

Representatives from Team London Bridge, Better Bankside, the New West End Company (NWEC), and the Northbank BID showcased ambitious projects and plans to transform London’s streetscapes to an audience at The Unicorn Theatre in London Bridge on Wednesday 17th May. These included NWEC’s plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street and the Northbank’s ambitious vision for Aldwych; two proposals that turn the last century’s obsession with the car on its head and seek to find more human, sustainable uses for public roads and spaces to support today’s business and retail needs.

Team London Bridge and Better Bankside spoke about how their green infrastructure projects had brought a network of new ecological features to the streetscape, creating new spaces and awareness of sustainable issues in the city. They also detailed the LowLine project; a visionary scheme that would open the historic railway viaduct as a walking route between Vauxhall and Bermondsey, with the myriad of possibilities for exciting interventions along its path.

Green Sky Thinking is a week-long, London-wide events programme for built environment and property professionals, organised by Open-City. Since 2011, the week programmes events that showcase sustainable design solutions for London’s current built environment challenges.

BIDs in London have been doing considerable work towards encouraging sustainable and green neighbourhoods, so Green Sky Thinking provided the opportunity to highlight the best of these and look at how the business community is involved in projects that improve air quality, calm traffic, transform the pedestrian and cycling experience, and bring new life into outdoor spaces.

For more details contact Jack Skillen, Placeshaping Director at Team London Bridge jack@teamlondonbridge.co.uk / 020 7407 4701

22 May 2017

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