In 1984 our South Bank site consisted of derelict buildings and temporary car parks. Since then we have refurbished Oxo Tower Wharf, created the Riverside Walkway, and a new park – Bernie Spain Gardens was opened next to the river. These new facilities, together with Gabriel’s Wharf, were opened to the public in 1988.
In partnership with South Bank Employers’ Group we have improved the surfaces and lighting of the Riverside Walkway. We have restricted traffic, widened pavements along Upper Ground, and improved the route from Waterloo Station to the National Theatre. In the future a new town square by Waterloo Bridge is planned as part of the Doon Street development.
The quality of all public realm is dependent on its management and maintenance. We employ a contractor to collect the litter, maintain the grass and trees, tend flowerbeds and look after furniture and lighting, supported by 24 hour security.
Management and maintenance of public areas is expensive, particularly as the neighbourhood has become more popular. The cost of everyday management and maintenance of these areas is met by income generated from our commercial activities.