London Festival of Architecture comes to Old Kent Road

Katherine Johnston (06 June, 2019) Regeneration

It's more than the cheapest square on the Monopoly Board, say people proud of the iconic thoroughfare

20514CGI of how Old Kent Road could look with current regeneration plans

Old Kent Road is more than just the ‘cheapest square on the Monopoly Board’, say the businesses and residents celebrating their area during this weekend’s London Festival of Architecture.

On Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9, action OKR – a group of businesses, campaigners and residents – is running a drop-in workshop celebrating the history of the busy high street and encouraging people to submit their areas for how it can improve.

Held at the community space at 231 Old Kent Road, the sessions will include model-making, exhibitions, and have architects on hand to explain current planning proposals.

Suggestions will then be submitted to Southwark Council and developers working on regeneration plans over the next few years.

The group is also running two free walking tours, bringing to life the history of the thoroughfare and its industrial and artistic heritage.

“The Old Kent Road is has a rich history of pilgrimage and trade; today it’s home to a population of 35,000, as well as microbreweries, multicultural cafes, artists, manufacturers, evangelical churches, independent shops, and more,” the group explained.

“On our walks you’ll get a sense of how this busy road, instead of being something that divides the area, could be something that unites it within Southwark’s large-scale regeneration plans.”

The guided walks take place this Saturday and Sunday, from 2-4pm, starting at 231 Old Kent Road. Children are welcome.

The drop-in workshop runs from 11am-5pm the same days and location.

For more information visit actionokr.com

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