History and Background
Walking along the riverside by Oxo Tower Wharf, it’s hard to imagine that 35 years ago the area was bleak and unloved, with few shops and restaurants, a dying residential community and a weak local economy.
That all changed thanks to an extraordinary campaign by local residents, which led to Coin Street’s purchase and redevelopment of a 13-acre site. Now, our site is at the heart of a thriving neighbourhood with co-operative homes, parks and gardens, shops and design studios, galleries, restaurants, a family and children’s centre, sports pitches, and a range of community programmes and activities.
And the riverside it sits on is one of London’s most visited places, home to iconic attractions and venues like the London Eye, Southbank Centre, National Theatre, Tate Modern and Borough Market.
The South Bank
A large bend in the River Thames places the South Bank area in the heart of London, midway between the City and the West End.
In 1977, after a developer announced plans to build on the Coin Street sites, the Coin Street Action Group began seven years of campaigning.
Coin Street Community Builders
CSCB was set up following the campaign, with long terms aims to make the area a better one in which to live, to work, and to visit.
Opening up the river
Coin Street organised the demolition of derelict buildings, completion of the South Bank riverside walkway and laying out a new riverside park.
The quality of all public realm is substantially dependent on its management and maintenance.