To help stimulate economic and environmental regeneration in Balham’s town centre, Metropolitan Workshop has been developing an urban design strategy for Balham High Road, in south London. Won in a competition staged by Wandsworth Council and The Balham Partnership, and supported by the Mayor of London, the scheme comprises four projects – enhancing the railway bridge environment to increase footfall and unlock the potential of the areas adjacent to it; public realm improvements to Hildreth Street to make it a vibrant market and café strip; public realm improvements to Balham Community Space; and a creative solution to the ‘Ugly Wall’ – a prominent but unattractive flank wall that has huge potential to help link together Balham’s public spaces, promote Balham’s identity and encourage visitors to explore Balham.
The scheme has an overriding material and art strategy which links all the projects together helping to enhance Balham’s identity. It is currently on site.
Client: Wandsworth Council and The Balham Partnership
Current Status: On site