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Coin Street (London) Redevelopment

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Coin Street (London) Redevelopment Introduction The aim of this essay is to answer two questions. Firstly what redevelopment has taken place in Coin Street, and secondly can the Coin Street Community succeed. Below is a map to show the location of Coin Street. The Coin Street area of London lies between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge on the south bank of the River Thames. As you can see from the map it has already been heavily commercialised with IBM, offices and ITV's London Television Centre Studios. 1977 sparked up the forming of the Coin Street Action Group, after developers announced to build Europe's tallest hotel and over 1 million square feet of office space on the site. Coin Street, though, is different to other re-urbanised areas in London. After 7 years of campaigning by the Coin Street Action Group and two public inquires planning permission was granted for both the offices and the community schemes, so both the commercial and residential sectors could benefit form the remaining derelict land. This is very much in contrast to the redevelopment of the docklands where there were no public enquires into the usage of the land The Action Group drew up plans for housing, a new riverside park and walkway, managed workshops, shops and leisure facilities, to benefit the local community. ...read more.


In 1995 another project with Redwood, who own 78 two and one bedroom flats, which re house exiting tenants whose families have grown. Finally Iroko was completed in 2001, where there are 59 new flats and maisonette and houses, which are grouped around a secure garden and vary from one to five bedrooms. There are currently 220 affordable homes available in all four of these co-operative schemes. Recently, together with the South Bank Employer's Group the CSCB has identified the need to improve pedestrian and public transport and to give the South Bank a more coherent and positive image. This includes the redevelopment of the "spine route" road servicing along the riverside. This was once a notorious traffic rat-run that has been transformed into a wide paved and lit street. Another project supported by both groups includes a new riverside bus servicing linking Convent Garden and the South Bank and the Tower of London. It also has the backing of the Mayor, Ken Livingstone, and Transport for London. The service uses 11 new state of the art buses and a new travel cards system. The most recent CSCB project is the 99A project, which offers high quality and affordable out of school provision for children, young people and families living in the area. ...read more.


The Art Museums, curated by Clare Patey and Pippa Bailey have brought tourism to the area and also international attention to Coin Street. Public off-street car parking has also been an essential source of temporary income as well as an efficient way of meeting the needs of commercial tenants and visitors without providing dedicated car park spaces. In Conclusion Coin Street has been a very successful development help the community, by creating not only secure green areas for children to play in, but attract tourism by art museums and attractive River Thames walkways. It has also been successful in creating affordable housing for the local residents, the disabled and the elderly, who may find it difficult to find a suitable house. It will survive into the future by the many schemes it has introduced to make money on its unused land. Car parking, museums and shops have all been set up to bring in money to pay for the developments. This is not all though, the CSCB vows to continue into the future improving the area more. Canary Wharf Coin Street Derelict docks and surrounding land redeveloped Derelict land around Coin Street redeveloped Massive redevelopment including building of Canary Wharf Tower Large redevelopment including building of IBM and ITV Studios No Public Inquires, no involvement of local community Two Public Inquires, large involvement form local community. Largely Benefits Office Workers and Skilled Workers Largely Benefits Local People Does not benefit local people ...read more.

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