Leigh Hatts

Tate unveils Bankside urban study

"There is a unique opportunity to make a real difference to the quality of life of people living and working in Bankside in the future" says Richard Rogers

The leading architect was speaking at Tate Modern during a press conference marking the gallery's first year which has seen 5.25 million visitors arriving at the riverside location.

Lord Rogers was present to launch a specially commissioned urban study of the Bankside area which goes out for consultation later this summer.

The study strongly argues for the need to enhanced community facilities, an integrated approach to the development of green spaces and all development to be in tandem with the needs of the local community.

The 50 page report highlights opportunities to improve townscape as far away as Southwark Bridge Road and Great Suffolk Street.

Speaking at the launch Southwark Council Leader Stephanie Elsy described the report as only a beginning in the process of consultation and stressed that the Council will expect nothing less than partnership with the local community from those who plan to invest in Bankside.

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