Shaping the Future of Southend City Centre

25 March 2022

Southend City Council has appointed We Made That to lead on the delivery of a Strategy and Investment Plan for Southend city centre. Work has begun to form a new vision and action plan to regenerate Southend city centre. The strategy will set a clear vision and series of actions to guide the future development and direction of the city centre for years to come.

The aim of this work is to produce a shared vision for the city centre, where all stakeholders, partners and residents can identify their role in delivery. The Strategy and Investment Plan which will help shape a practical plan to attract new investment and partnerships, ensuring that local growth is the goal. Grounded in the Southend 2050 ambition for the future, this work will continue the extensive conversations already had with those that live, work, visit, do business and study in Southend City.

You can join us at a public drop-in event outside The Ironworks, Unit 90 on Southend High Street. This will take place from midday on 12 May 2022. More details and how to register can be found here.

This drop-in event will ask residents of Southend-on-Sea about the future of the city, including aspects such as high street transformation and regeneration. More details of this event will be publicised in early May after the local elections have taken place.

This engagement will inform the vision and action plan being developed. We Made That are leading a team of consultants that brings together diverse specialisms; PRD are socio-economic analysts advising on economy and city centre business opportunities, Steer are transport and infrastructure consultants looking into town centre access, Stockdale will provide cost information for priority projects and Tom Fleming brings expertise on the creative and cultural sector.

The team are analysing how this area is performing economically and socially and will also be drawing on conversations with stakeholders and experiences of other cities nationally and internationally, and ensure the city centre is vibrant and thriving, with an inviting mix of shops, homes, arts, culture, and leisure.

Southend City Council and partners will use this work to ensure the city centre moves into the best position to take advantage of forthcoming government investment, whilst encouraging private sector and partnership investment, and community partnership opportunities.