What Walworth Wants

Empowering stakeholders to take ownership and co-deliver projects

'What Walworth Wants' is an area strategy comprised of a catalogue of projects that aims to celebrate Walworth’s unique character, build resilience in existing assets and overcome gaps between development. The potential projects were developed in collaboration with a wide community stakeholder group.

“This project has been an important milestone in setting the tone for the wider regeneration in this strategic area. The approach to developing this document ensured local knowledge and expertise was engrained in the project from the start.”
Neil Kirby, Head of Regeneration South, LB Southwark

East Street Market entrance proposals

The catalogue focuses on Walworth’s high streets: Walworth Road, East Street, Old Kent Road, and their surrounding neighbourhoods. In the context of widespread regeneration in the Old Kent Road Opportunity Area and the Heygate Estate redevelopment, the project seeks to deliver value to the local community.

Proposals vary from the micro to the large-scale, from quick wins to long-term aims for growth. The catalogue includes recommendations that range from public realm enhancements to business support, identified development sites to potential meanwhile uses. The strategy is publicly downloadable as a tool to be used by local residents, community groups, public authorities and other stakeholders to take ownership and co-deliver projects.

The projects have been carefully developed in order to co-ordinate with each other and are suited to an incremental and aggregated approach to delivery. Key ‘catalyst’ projects have already been delivered, including transformations to East Street Market and East Street Exchange.

Through the course of the strategy development, We Made That have held a series of workshops with an incredibly wide range of local stakeholders. These included local groups, social enterprises, residents, public institutions, artists and businesses. The proposed projects aim to connect local diverse stakeholders and provide a platform to share learning, resources and activities.

In combination they form a cohesive strategy and vision for public spaces and community assets in Walworth, with the strategy enabling the local community to get involved as partners and take responsibility for the ongoing delivery, programming and legacy of the identified projects.

Project Details

London Borough of Southwark

Strategy completed 2016


New London Awards 2017: Mayor’s Prize (Commended)
New London Awards 2017: Masterplans and Area Strategies (Shortlisted)


We Made That, Maddison Graphic, Stockdale


What Walworth Wants