More good news for Balham

Published: Wednesday 26th March 14

The next stage in Balham’s revival is now underway as work begins to improve Hildreth Street and the Balham High Road Railway Bridge.

New look wall design

This scheme is part of a long-term regeneration effort which has seen Balham named as one of the “Best places to live in Britain” by the Sunday Times in 2013 and 2014.

Hildreth Street is now being opened up by removing street furniture to create a shared surface. The street will be repaved, lighting improved and two new street trees will be planted.  The market stalls will be retained with facilities for additional stalls during special events.   

The Balham High Road Railway Bridge is being made more welcoming with better lighting, upgraded shopfronts and the walls are being re-clad in an attractive green faience tiling which is a traditional material for stations along the Northern Line.

A new artwork based on Balham’s streetscape will be incorporated in the new bridge design.

Next month work will also get underway to improve the flank wall of 154 Balham High Road (next to Waitrose car park).  This will include another new piece of artwork based on Balham’s architecture.  Knee high railings surrounding Waitrose car park will also be replaced with a low wall clad in the same green faience tilling. 

New look community space design 1

Also starting next month, Bedford Hill Place (next to Sainsbury’s car park) will be transformed into a seating area and occasional events venue. The space will be decluttered, re-paved and the rear wall will be clad in green tile.

There will be also be improved lighting to create an attractive space where shoppers can rest and a canopy and small kiosk will be added to facilitate events.  

Cllr Cousins, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Business Partnerships, said:

“Balham has made an astonishing recovery over the last fifteen or so years as new investment and a focus on developing the local economy have taken effect.

“This latest regeneration project will help us to build on Balham’s appeal. Some untidy corners are being transformed into attractive, useful and attention grabbing spaces. It’s great news for the area and can only strengthen the town centre economy.

“Back in the nineties very few people believed Balham was on course to become one of the most popular and well loved places in the country. It shows what can be achieved with a clear vision and the support of the local community.”

Wandsworth Council and the Balham Partnership secured funding for this latest phase of Balham improvements through the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund (OLF). This scheme is helping increase the vibrancy and growth of high street places across London.

The works are being carried out by T Loughman & Co Ltd and will be completed by June 2014.

Local residents and businesses gave their views on how the spaces should be improved at a series of consultation events and meetings held between February and March 2013.  Design proposals were displayed during the Wandsworth Arts Festival in May 2013 and more detailed proposals were also shared as part of the Wandsworth Open House Festival in October 2013. 

Later this year a ‘Legible London’ scheme will see new easy-to-read maps and wayfinding signs installed across Balham to help people get around on foot.

New look hildreth street design

Balham is one of just five locations in London to have made it into the Sunday Times ‘Best places to live in Britain’ list and was described as “one of the capital’s most sought after-addresses”.

Balham’s high achieving schools and transport links were highlighted in the newspaper’s report, along with its shops, restaurants and its easy access to the green space of Tooting Common and the Tooting Bec Lido – Europe’s largest open air freshwater swimming pool.

For more information on Balham Outer London Fund project visit balham.com/olf2

To find out more about the council’s ambitions to make the borough Britain’s best and to see what other people are saying – visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/lovewandsworth

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Recent comments

The works on Hildreth St have been conducted in an absolutely appalling way, and given that they should have been completed by June according to the above have overrun hugely, and now seem to being dug up again before they've finished. Why were these contractors chosen, and can we guarantee that they're never used again? The area under the railway bridge seems to be used as a dumping ground by them, despite no apparent work remaining to be done there.
Andy Taylor

25 August 2014