BioRegional has developed and led a partnership bid to the Mayor’s Outer London Fund to prepare the suburban local centre of Hackbridge for the challenges it will face over the coming years.
These included major redevelopment of surrounding brownfield sites, and its new role as a district centre in the retail hierarchy of south London.
Overseen by a local stakeholder Project Board and working across the ten One Planet Living principles, BioRegional delivered a socio-economic regeneration programme with community-led consultations including:
- Local economic development, working with 23 existing local traders to diversify their offer to prepare for the competitive challenges associated with an emerging district centre;
- Sustainable business operations, including south London’s first MSC-certified fish & chip shop, a solar-powered coffee van, and a healthier and more family-friendly menu in the local cafe; and
- Community development, including running family events and facilitating a local business network.
We underpinned this with a co-ordinated programme of high-impact low-cost environmental improvements, including:
- Safer highway layout, narrowing the main carriageways and junction, with new informal pedestrian crossing points;
- Transformation of the street setting, by widening of pavements and installing new trees, seats, cycle facilites, rain-gardens, wayfinding,
- shopfronts and signage; and
- Creation of a new ‘Pocket Park’, providing a positive new entrance to the Beddington Farmlands and emerging Wandle Valley Regional Park.
The outcomes of the project will be monitored in Summer 2014, but are expected to include safer roads, greater footfall and greater patronage of local busineses. Already 5 new jobs have been created in local businesses, and two new businesses have started up.