In Spring 2019 we were commissioned by Southwark Council, in partnership with Team London Bridge, to conduct a baseline study of the residential areas surrounding St Thomas Street. This area adjacent to London Bridge station is currently the focus of a range of planned and proposed developments.
The research sought to understand the experiences and perceptions of residents in relation to a range of themes, including community, work, health and wellbeing, local amenities, and changes in the area. To gather data we used a survey of 329 residents of local estates, group discussions, walking interviews, and stakeholder interviews with local groups and agencies.
Our findings are being used to inform a social regeneration charter for the area, which aims to ensure that any physical redevelopment brings benefits to local residents. It will also be used as a benchmark against which any changes which take place locally can be measured at a future date. More information on the St Thomas Street social regeneration charter can be found here.
A summary of the research can be found here.