The future of Bankside

Image courtesy : SPPARC Architecture. Stoney Street Redevelopment and "Borough Yards", Bankside

Bankside has thrived with the success of Shakespeare's Globe, Tate Modern and Borough Market, but how are investors looking at this cultural quarter and is retail expansion now driving investment decisions?

Our 'Cultural Bankside' round table next week will look at this topic with among our speakers Union Street Partners, architects SPPARC, Deutsche Asset Management, and law firm Boodle Hatfield which now has its HQ at 240 Blackfriars Road.

Valerie Beirne, Bankside Urban Forest Manager, Better Bankside, who also works for the Business Improvement District, and who will be speaking at the round table, says important developments in the area are now the lighting and pedestrianising of the quieter streets, which are part of the original medieval street plan, drawing crowds away from the centre to promote the whole of Bankside. Creating cleaner air is also a target with the trial of Metal Box Garden, introducing plants to combat pollution and create attractive public r