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Bere reveals Thames north bank plans

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Bere:architects, working with urban design group Burns + Nice, has unveiled these proposals for a key stretch of the north bank of the Thames.

The visualisation has been released as part of a new £5 million regeneration effort being spearheaded by the Corporation of London.

Launched on Friday to coincide with a period of a public consultation running until 25 August, the pictures aim to help garner widespread opinion on a 'new enhancement strategy' for the stretch of river which runs from Blackfriars Bridge to just beyond Billingsgate Market.

The Riverside Walk Enhancement Strategy highlights several main areas for improvement which the Corporation hopes to kick-start, including: seating improvements, new lighting, and better public conveniences.

The Corporation also wants to increase biodiversity by attracting insects and birds back to the river.

It is hoped that pedestrian access to the path will be improved, continuation of a riverside path at Cannon Street will be created and that riverside shops, restaurants and bars will be introduced.

There are also proposals for a new 'green wall' for the sloping embankment at White Lion Hill - created through the dramatic lighting of climbing vegetation - and a new garden space in front of Billingsgate Market.

by Rob Sharp

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