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Great Suffolk Street

Great Suffolk Street is changing. A variety of new developments are under construction, and further proposals are being submitted by developers along the historic street. This follows a wider process of change in the area which has seen millions of visitors moving along the street to access Tate Modern, the regeneration of the railway arches by Network Rail, and the recent completion of new student, residential, business and retail units.

This process of change is set to continue as people move through the street with the completion of the nearby Tate extension, the new developments along Blackfriars Road, and the emerging masterplan for the Elephant and Castle to the south.

The council has been working with Better Bankside, Bankside Residents Forum, and the Greater London Authority since 2011 to make improvements to the street as investment has become available from external funders and from the payment of section 106 monies from developers. After holding a number of discussions and interviews with businesses and residents along the street we created a joint strategy and vision in 2012 for making improvements to the street to benefit all, which has the following key objectives:

  1. to safeguard and celebrate the success of existing businesses;
  2. to shift the balance of the street to slow traffic and foster a more pedestrian friendly environment ;
  3. to introduce green space, landscaping and planting where physically possible;
  4. to work with and refine the distinctive character and history of the street.

Following the completion of the strategy, we completed works to improve the junction of Great Suffolk Street and Dolben Street in 2013.

We are now working to complete improvements at the junction of Prices Street and a section of the street between the junction of Great Suffolk Street with Union Street and Surrey Row which is known as "Union Parade" for ease of reference.

Union Parade

A number of projects are underway at the junction of Great Suffolk Street and Union Street, including the construction of the Union Yard arches redevelopment, the Music Box, and the Quietway cycle route from Greenwich to Waterloo. Working with Better Bankside, the council has secured a grant from the Greater London Authority to make improvements to the streetscene in this location which will tie into the new quietway cycle route and the construction of the new cultural developments. A draft design has been developed which seeks to improve the public realm, with new trees and planting, high quality yorkstone paving and seating. The design can be downloaded from this site (click on downloads on the right hand tab).

Why not join us to find out more?

We are very keen to hear about your views on the initial draft proposals, and for any other suggestions as to how we can best improve the environment of Union Parade over the next 6 weeks until 31 July 2015, and have set up a number of opportunities for you to have your say.

  • Come and meet us to discuss the plans at a stall on the street on Thursday 25 June 1800-1930. These are great opportunities to let us know what you like and dislike about the environment, and meet the team working to improve the local area.
  • Please send us your comments or suggestions via email, phone or post using the contact details below by 31 July 2015. 
  • Sign up to receive electronic or paper copies of our dbrief development news to keep in touch with changes in the area through the contact details below.

What is the proposed timetable for this project?

Following this consultation exercise, the council will commence the detailed design process taking into account the comments made. The council will continue to update all interested parties in any changes to the design, and formal consultation on any final proposed changes to the highway layout will be made. Subject to consultation, construction works would commence on site by late 2015.

Contact us

If you have any queries about the project please contact us 

Dan Taylor
Programme Manager
020 7525 5450




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