Lower Marsh


Lower Marsh is a quirky street within Waterloo that has an eclectic mix of cafes, restaurants and independent retailers. People that know Lower Marsh generally love it and are quick to point out their favourite store on the street, or comment about the one time they went for happy hour cocktails at the Cuban restaurant. Like many high streets though, trade on the street has been hard and our client, Lambeth Council asked us to work closely with the Waterloo Quarter Business Improvement District and the Waterloo Community and Development Group to deliver a regeneration project that would see the public realm improved so that it would enhance the economic viability of the street while also being sympathetic to the historic nature of it. 

Improvements include:

  • Creation of a gateway piazza for events at the eastern end of the street
  • Widening of the footways and relaying of existing york stone slabs
  • Reconstruction of the roadway using a four colour mix of granite sets
  • Provision of 55 pitch spaces for a growing street market
  • Electrical power points for the use of market traders so that they can power their lights / cooking appliances
  • Installation of two large 5 tonne refuse bins
  • Improved lighting levels
  • Two way cycling on the street
  • 40 new cycle parking hoops
  • Public seating
  • New planting

A crucial element to the project was waste management / servicing in order to reduce the amount of waste vehicle movements in / out of the street as well as improve the environmental impact of waste in terms of the operating the Lower Marsh Market. Through careful planning and a desire locally to do something a bit more out of the box, underground bins were installed at a rarely used site within the Johanna Primary School. The deal was that Lambeth could place these bins here, but the school would not have to pay for waste collection for so long as those bins were in place. The result was a much cleaner and more environmentally friendly approach to waste management on the street. A video clip of the bins being operated can be seen below:

The Waterloo Quarter BID has been hugely supportive of the scheme, working with us to enhance the outcomes of the project by leading on the consultation phase and running a concurrent public art project in the street. Further to this, they were able to secure PORTAS funding for Lower Marsh which been instrumental in the growth of the street market

‘The Lower Marsh Regeneration Project has made a substantial investment into the economic regeneration of the area. The enhanced public spaces, improved market infrastructure and pedestrian and cycle friendly treatments will have an enormously positive impact on the experience of visitors to this historic shopping street’.

Helen Santer, Chief Executive Officer – Waterloo Quarter BID

The project is now complete.