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Urban Design Compendium


Case Study 083 - Sustaining quality public realm

083 - More London

More London is an exciting new business and leisure district designed by Foster and Partners on the south bank of the River Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. The development comprises a number of new office buildings (including City Hall), a hotel, children’s theatre, shops, restaurants and a leisure club tied together with extremely high-quality public realm.

More London is based on the premise that the quality of the external environment and how it is managed is as important as the internal environment in attracting and retaining high-quality tenants and employees. More London provides its own security, maintenance and cleaning services, which ensure that the highest standards are maintained efficiently and economically.

More London has developed a positive relationship with the local community and manages a £35 million Community Investment Programme in partnership with the Pool of London and Southwark Council. The programme focuses on environmental and socio-economic issues. This includes a Social Inclusion Programme which has secured 400 training opportunities for local residents within the development.

More London has succeeded in transforming and sustaining this once neglected part of Southwark into a vibrant new destination for the occupants, the local community and visitors. An outdoor amphitheatre with capacity for 800 people offers free theatre, cinema and music throughout the summer months and acts as a focus for local community groups and schools throughout the year. Travelling photographic exhibitions have been housed between buildings making public art accessible. An extranet service ‘More for Me’ and a Quarterly Newsletter ‘Know More London’ ensure that everyone is aware of the activities offered.

More London has raised confidence in the local area and acted as a catalyst for further regeneration.

Other Information

  • Location: London Borough of Southwark
  • Project Team: Key partners: More London Development, More London Estate Management, Knight Frank and Urbed
  • Contact: www.morelondon.com

 

UDC2 Section - Managing Quality Placesace 

The local community, occupiers and tourists have embraced the high-quality public realm and facilities provided, making More London a destination in itself.Images (image bank)