Regenerating the South Bank and keeping it clean and safe is the job of our Public Realm Team. The South Bank is a complex balance between public and private, international and local, business and leisure. We are tasked with creating a world class place in partnership with a variety of stakeholders, a mission which reflects the most fundamental aims of our member organisations.
We actively work in partnership with a broad range of organisations including our members to promote high quality development in the area, influence planning policy and practice and coordinate and where appropriate deliver community benefits from development. We work with statutory authorities and developers to ensure that Section 106 (contributions provided to offset negative impacts caused by construction and development) arrangements are transparent, effective, open to local input and delivered efficiently (and locally where possible). We establish appropriate local mechanisms to achieve this, securing the best possible commitment and involvement of landowners and developers through the South Bank Property Group. Funds from Section 106 support environmental improvements, better public realm management, tourism and employment, and employee and community facilities.
Public Realm Improvements
With partners we aim to promote, develop and deliver capital improvements to the public realm, including Jubilee Gardens, Waterloo Square, Lower Marsh Regeneration, Blackfriars Boulevard, Waterloo Station Environs and the Spine route. We seek to promote any other opportunities which may arise for incremental improvements to the public realm in the neighbourhood, ensuring the coordination of work by all relevant parties on capital projects and the best use of available funds. We encourage best practice in procurement, design and consultation.
The South Bank Decentralised Energy project aims to be a beacon project for inner city carbon savings. Our work looks to encourage proactive energy efficiency and promote CHP innovations throughout the South Bank neighbourhood through cooperative business partnerships, the legacy of which will pave the way for a more efficient solution to the supply of energy to South Bank and lower the carbon footprint of one of London’s most important and progressive districts.
Our cleaning, graffiti removal and patrol services play a pivotal role in maintaining the area’s unique atmosphere, and in representing SBEG. We are spearheading a range of innovative and responsive services, from cleaning and graffiti removal, to tackling illegal trading and homelessness to improving cycling and walking routes. Our partners in the police, local residents and the council are working with us to achieve real change. At the core of this activity is the drive for excellence in place making, reflecting South Bank as both a global destination and a local amenity.
South Bank Business Watch is widely recognised as a leader in best practice for security, resilience and crime prevention. What we have achieved is truly remarkable but would not be possible without strong communication, trust and a mutual understanding of the needs of our own businesses and our neighbours. Eric Dench, Chair, South Bank Business Watch