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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org / 020