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Our work to transform Leake Street Arches from an unwelcoming street tunnel to a buzzing creative and leisure destination has been shortlisted in the Creative Spaces category of the 2019 EG Awards.  

The awards recognise property businesses at the forefront of innovation, who are changing the built environment for the better.

The Creative Spaces category shines a spotlight on developments that champion wellbeing and community cohesion, and that deliver tangible and positive change to an area.

Leake Street Arches has been a creative canvass for some of the city’s best graffiti artists since 2008, when it was home to Banksy’s street art event, The Cans Festival. But the space had largely been overlooked for development due to its challenging location and had struggled to reach its full potential. Our creative placemaking strategy was focused on retaining the authenticity and credibility of the area, protecting its status as an important destination for street art, while encouraging a wider audience to enjoy it. We have set a new benchmark for the imaginative and sensitive regeneration of railway arches, transforming eight disused street tunnels into a curated collection of independent restaurants, bars and event spaces.  

As well as enabling the creation of 130 new jobs, public realm improvements have also featured as part of the development, including a new pedestrian link to Westminster Bridge Road and improved lighting, security and surfaces.

The redevelopment of Leake Street Arches also forms an important part of the wider regeneration of the South Bank, having attracted the attention of Time Out Market, which has now signed to be the anchor tenant at Waterloo.London – LCR’s neighbouring retail development within Waterloo station.

Having demonstrated the positive impact of the project on the surrounding Waterloo area, Leake Street Arches has been shortlisted alongside Battersea Power Station Development Company, Greystar Europe Holdings, Places for People, Architecture Initiative and Greenham Business Park.

With the judging panel made up from industry leading experts drawn from both the private and public sectors, this is a fantastic opportunity for the firm’s progressive approach to creative placemaking to be acknowledged on the commercial stage.

Winners will be announced during a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 22 October.

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