A high profile £1.5 million package of environmental improvements for Southwark Council and the Cross River Partnership.
The project scope was carefully adjusted as the effective budget was expanded through collaboration between the client and East. The work involved the coordination of a complex range of ownerships, permissions, and partner funding.
East worked with artist Paul Elliman to design new terrazzo mats to reveal the identity of the High Street by naming all public spaces along the High Street. The fact that the names of the shops and the mats diverge over time is particularly enjoyable; enriching a sense of contemporary history.
Works also included new dark clay paving and mastic asphalt footways, negotiations for fixing lights to buildings, a new large illuminated sign reading Borough, new large shaped quadrant granite kerbing at raised entries with names of streets sandblasted in, and a large mirror to reveal the hidden Southwark Cathedral.
The project was overhauled by TfL, 16 years after the work was built. Much of the texture and quality of the project remains, although the process of change in the city is inevitable, and may be welcomed, if made with care.
Client: London Borough of Southwark
Project status: Completed 1999