History and Background
Thirty years ago the South Bank and Bankside areas of London were bleak, unattractive, had few shops and restaurants, had a dying residential community and a weak local economy. Local residents mounted an extraordinary campaign leading to the purchase of 13 acres of derelict land, since developed into a thriving neighbourhood. Millions of people enjoy the South Bank Riverside Walkway, the green spaces of Bernie Spain Gardens, and the design shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes and bars at Oxo Tower Wharf and Gabriel’s Wharf. An extensive community leisure programme is also run from Coin Street neighbourhood centre, Colombo Centre, Rambert and at other locations in the neighbourhood.
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.