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Have your say on Lower Marsh Regeneration

Consultation sessions will take place next week on a major new public realm improvement scheme in Waterloo.

Lambeth Council has announced the appointment of design consultancy Atkins to work with the council and the Lower Marsh Steering Group to deliver the Lower Marsh Regeneration Project.

Local people to have their say on proposals at one of three consultation events at Islamic Relief, 16 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RJ on:

  • Thursday 25 Nov from 4pm to 9 pm
  • Friday 26 Nov from 8am to 2 pm
  • Saturday 27 Nov from 11am to 4 pm

The Lower Marsh Regeneration Project aims to create a radically improved public space in the heart of Waterloo while reconnecting Lower Marsh with the surrounding area. There will also be improvements to railway viaducts on Westminster Bridge Road. Approximately £3 million of funding is available for the scheme area. This money is protected and comes from developer contributions.

In February 2009 local people were asked to help determine the broad aims of the regeneration scheme, which will be mainly funded by Section 106 payments from

nearby re-developments.

A further period of consultation took place in March this year, where residents and businesses were asked to comment on different design concepts for the area from

four separate design teams. Atkins suggested a range of improvements for the area, including rejuvenating junctions with The Cut and Westminster Bridge Road, removing street clutter and possibilities for creating “pocket parks” and enhancing the streetscapes.

Cllr Nigel Haselden, Deputy Cabinet member for Sustainability and Transport for Lambeth Council, said:

“I’m really excited that we are moving forward with such an important scheme and delighted Atkins are on board. This is a tremendous opportunity to make Lower Marsh the top-quality environment that its residents, businesses and visitors deserve.

“Once the scheme is complete, this key neighbourhood will feature less cluttered footways, improved lighting, new green spaces and a thriving market.

“The council has been engaged in a range of regeneration schemes over the last few years and the improvements to Lower Marsh will complement other transformational designs across the borough, including those in The Cut, Windrush Square and Herne Hill.”

Peter Heath, public realm specialist from Atkins, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to improve one of central London’s lesser-known, historic places, adjacent Waterloo Station. It offers the chance to restore the historic character of the area, with a partnership of interests, integrating contemporary design of viable functions with sensitivity. “The Steering Group, comprising partner organisations and council representatives, were impressed by Atkins’ overall approach to the delivery of the project.”

Atkins is the UK’s largest engineering and design company and has worked on infrastructure and design projects worldwide, as well as award winning projects in London.

More information, including images of Atkins initial concept for Lower Marsh, can be found at http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/lowermarsh

More information on Atkins can be found at http://www.atkinsglobal.com

For press queries please contact Lambeth Press Office on 020 7926 2841 or 020 7926 2739 or email jsavours@lambeth.gov.uk.

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