Public Realm

Community Landscape Design Engineering Projects

Over the years PWLC have been commissioned to project manage a range of public realm schemes, helping our clients to integrate better pedestrian, cycling and vehicular traffic facilities into spaces that are more pleasant places to meet, relax and enjoy. Communities are at the heart of what we do where we believe that co-design and co-delivery on projects with the people that use these spaces play an important role in shaping and developing a project right through to delivery. We’re proud to have tinkered, planned, engineered, re-jigged but ultimately delivered a wide range of public realm projects that have ranged from planting schemes, pocket parks, decorative lighting projects, controlled parking zones to large multi-disciplinary transport and highways schemes.

Our Public Realm Projects

West Minster Bridge Road Regeneration Project

Steven Wong of PWLC Projects has been working with Lambeth Council, project managing a major transport and public realm scheme on and around Westminster Bridge Road. The scope area of the scheme covers a vast area of Waterloo and will see some significant improvements to the public realm, pedestrian facilities, cycling infrastructure and three rail arches in proximity. The project budget of £3.5m is funded almost entirely of developer contributions in the surrounding area and will be delivered by summer 2017.

Steven has led the project from Project Initiation through to its current stage Detailed Design and construction. Aligning well with what PWLC aims to achieve, Lambeth has promoted co-design and input from communities where the local business improvement district, residents and other stakeholders have been instrumental in developing the scheme over the past 1.5 years. We are proud of this achievement and hope to engage with communities even more on developing light / artwork for the rail arches that will be projected onto the abutment walls of Carlisle Lane and Westminster Bridge Road rail arch.

This project is an important scheme for Lambeth. With Waterloo seeing a marked increase in private development sites such as Park Plaza Hotels, Leake Street, Urbanest as well as other Council schemes like the Lambeth Quietway, Transport for London’s Better Junctions programme, Westminster Bridge Road acts as a strategic link between these projects that will assist in future proofing accessibility for all road users.

Leake Street Pocket Park

PWLC Projects oversaw this project, developing it on behalf of Lambeth with key partners We Are Waterloo (Business Improvement District) and Network Rail. The Leake Street Pocket Park was officially opened on Tuesday 20th October and funded through section 106 planning contributions in the area totalling £50,000 with match funding of a further £40,000 from the Greater London Authority. In kind support was provided by We Are Waterloo throughout the life of the project by assisting with project development and consultation.

The park is located at the entrance to one of the most iconic graffiti hotspots in London where the Leake Street tunnel walls are decorated in graffiti and have seen some of London’s best ply their trade in this graffiti tolerant space. The entranceway was previously used as a dumping ground for rubbish and disused market stalls as well as being a space that encouraged anti-social activity such as drug use and rough sleeping.

Local architect (uncommon) were commissioned to re-design the space, aiming to provide a more inviting area for people to visit whilst also giving visitors and the local community an area of green space along Lower Marsh to enjoy. It is intended that residents, visitors and workers will be able to use the space to sit, socialise and eat in a safe place amongst a range of shrubs, perennials, grasses, climbers and trees planted in approximately 17 new planters covering about 40 square meters.

Attention to the planting aspect of the project has really emphasised the desire to attract wildlife into the area it is hoped that insects and birds will start to populate the pocket park and create an urban oasis for flora and fauna. Further to this, some of the planters have been designed to absorb water run off as sustainable urban drainage systems.

Our Streets – Lambeth Council

PWLC Projects has been working with Lambeth Council leading on a Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme called “Our Streets”, set up to gather feedback from residents and businesses in four wards in Lambeth about street improvements they would like to see.

Our Streets is the second programme of its kind in Lambeth, with others likely to be delivered across the borough in the future as funding is released. The purpose of these initiatives is to use funding that has been set aside in these areas as a result of local planning applications to create features that help make neighbourhoods safer, cleaner and greener. Consultation was carried out with residents and businesses in these wards, with councillors leading the way to identify project opportunities. We received lots of great neighbourhood improvement ideas from residents which we’ve analysed and proposals have been put together to support the key issues and suggestions.

The suggestions that have we have been able to turn into proposals tie in with Lambeth Council’s ambitions to provide a cleaner, greener and safer environment for citizens of the borough. Some of the schemes that will be delivered between autumn 2016 and summer 2017 focus on air quality, reducing crime and making the public highway safe for drivers and pedestrians alike.

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