Bridging Identities: Shad Thames Reinvented Saturday 2 June
For the fifth year in a row STAMP organised a Shad Thames event as part of London Festival of Architecture. We welcomed some 60 people, including local visitors and people from as far afield as New York. We began in Browns Butlers Wharf where we were treated to their generous hospitality. Janet Morris, chair of STAMP, then gave a presentation on the identity of Shad Thames, covering its 19th industrial heritage, its regeneration since the 1980s and current developments. This was followed by a look into the future, with Ciron Edwards speaking about the Illuminated River project https://illuminatedriver.london/ with plans to light up each of 15 central London bridges (including Tower Bridge) with a unique illuminated artwork. We then headed outside to explore the riverside and the many interesting and varied buildings that make up the streets of this Conservation Area. Our walk ended at Anise Gallery/AVR with a visit to their exhibition “Scents of Shad Thames” which gave us an opportunity to experience Shad Thames through virtual reality and smells. Altogether a great day!
Stakeholder Group Meeting (AGM) – Tuesday 15 May 2018
Our fourth Annual General Meeting was once again hosted by Conran & Partners in their beautiful offices on Shad Thames. We were joined by nearly 30 stakeholders including local residents and businesses; Hamish McCallum (one of our three re-elected North Bermondsey councillors); Michael Tsoukaris, Group Manager, Design and Conservation at Southwark Council; and Jack Skillen, Placeshaping Director at Team London Bridge.
Michael reported on the constructive partnership that has been established between the Council and STAMP since the Shad Thames Management Plan was formally adopted by Southwark in 2014. He reiterated his belief that by continuing to work together in this positive manner, even more could be done to improve and celebrate the area.
Jack Skillen from Team London Bridge updated the group on current developments in the London Bridge area, including the London Bridge Culture Strategy and clean air initiatives. He also outlined the ways that Team London Bridge and STAMP collaborate, with good outcomes on shared interests.
Since this was our AGM, STAMP chair Janet Morris circulated an Annual Review outlining the many activities that had taken place over the last 12 months. STAMP officers were appointed for the coming year and brief updates were also given on on-going projects including the Shad Thames Delivery and Servicing Partnership; the (already popular) zigzag bench on Butler’s Wharf Jetty; Friends of Butlers Wharf Riverside; St Saviours Dock Bridge repair; The Dixon Hotel (Magistrates Court site); Shad Thames Pumping Station; Courage Yard; and 28 Shad Thames (the ex-Design Museum site).
STAMP continues to attract new stakeholders and we are grateful for the valuable contributions from residents and businesses on a range of issues and through in-kind contributions. With four years of hard work under our belt, we can clearly see the positive impact we are having on the Shad Thames area.
Shad Thames Trail
We’ve just reprinted an updated version of our popular guide Shad Thames Trail. You can download a copy on the Resources page below, or email us with your address at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post you a printed copy.
Shad Thames Trial
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