Roper Lane was a cul-de-sac; cluttered and closed off with multiple bollards, street furniture and trees, it was an uninviting place for local residents and workers alike. Bordered by Tower Bridge Road, the busy area suffered from high traffic noise and pollution levels, which affected people walking along the road and the businesses lining the street. Any improvements needed to reflect the aspirations of the local authority, as well as the residents and businesses using the space daily, who desired more trees and a feeling of security at night.
We paved over Roper Lane to create a wide pedestrian walkway and recreation space, bordered by an avenue of ornamental cherry trees and with generous wooden bench seating and cycle stands. A listed telephone box was repositioned and restored providing a point of local interest to the remodelled surface. The two rows of cherry trees were chosen specifically so that one row blossoms six weeks after the other. The canopy is highlighted using up-lighting in different colours to create a pleasant, safe space at night as well as during the day.
The project was delivered in a partnership with Southwark Council and the adjacent land owner.