Regeneration and infrastructure projects were the focus of the RTPI President, Phil Williams’ visit to London.
Phil saw the transformation taking place at Nine Elms an area undergoing a multi-billion pound private investment programme on the Thames in Central London. Planners are playing a key role in regenerating the area from a semi-derelict, light industrial zone into an ultra-modern residential and business district. When finished it will have over 20,000 new homes, 25,000 new jobs, new schools, parks, culture, arts space and more, underpinned by a multimillion pound infrastructure strategy.
Phil visited one of the residential sites on the Albert Embankment, the Corniche , being developed by St James and heard about the wider benefits the scheme is delivering, including the enhancements that were made to Vauxhall City Farm.
“Planners are helping to transform a semi derelict patch of London into a place people want to live, work and play. Regeneration is taking place across the UK and planners are playing a central in ensuring that we are creating successful places for communities.”
Phil was shown a section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, the £4.2 billion project designed to provide essential additional capacity to London’s now antiquated Victorian sewage system. In 2015 the Thames Tideway Tunnel won the RTPI’s Silver Jubilee Cup – the highest honour at the Institute’s annual planning awards.
“The tunnel is world-class infrastructure being brilliantly delivered with a huge contribution from planners. This project will have a major impact on the city for decades to come, providing an urgently needed upgrade to the city’s ageing sewage system.”
The last stop off was to the offices of the Nine Elms on the Southbank delivery team, where the scale of the regeneration project was evident on the model.
Phil next visits members in the East Midlands on 23 and 24 November.
Read: RTPI London Calling (blog)