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Bankside urban forest

Tate Modern Urban Forest project proposal

Bankside Urban Forest is a programme of works to improve the quality of the public realm and landscaping in the Bankside area, stretching from the riverside to the Elephant and Castle, and between Blackfriars Road and Borough High Street.

Southwark council has worked closely with Better Bankside and the Tate to drive forward the concept of the urban forest, which will create a network of green connections between the emerging developments in Bankside and the existing open spaces across Southwark.

The urban forest plan, and programme of projects has been prepared by a design team led by Witherford Watson Mann architects, and overseen by a coalition of local stakeholders, including Southwark Council, Better Bankside, Tate Modern, Transport for London, Cross River Partnership, Land Securities, GC Bankside LLP, and the Architecture Foundation.

A number of illustrative projects are identified in the programme, including:


  • Creation of a Tate Modern playground as shown in the image above
  • The creation of a planted arch
  • Widening of Flat Iron Square as shown in the image below
  • Improvements and landscaping along Redcross Way
  • Transformation of the Great Suffolk Street arches

View the Bankside Urban Forest document

The first phase of project funding has recently been approved and will form a part of the Borough and Bankside Streetscape Improvement Programme.

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