On 17th September 2014 the central London regeneration agency Cross River Partnership held an event on Tower Bridge Walkways to celebrate its 20th year.
Cross River Partnership was formed by the government in 1994, bringing together the four central London Local Authorities of the City, Westminster, Lambeth and Southwark. CRP has delivered a plethora of groundbreaking regeneration projects since then, ranging from the Millennium Bridge, to the Golden Jubilee Footbridges, to improving 10km of Riverside Walkway and 14km of Railway Viaduct in Lambeth and Southwark, as well as supporting 8,918 workless Londoners into jobs.
Over the last 3 years, CRP has morphed into a truly public-private partnership, expanded its geographical coverage to the whole of central London, grown its number of partners, increased its amount and sources of funding, while all the time delivering an ever-broader range of regeneration projects with, and for, its partners.
New project areas taken on by CRP over the last 3 years include Green Infrastructure, markets and High Streets, clean air. CRP now includes no fewer than 27 active partners, including 15 Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) from central London. The most recent BID to join CRP is the New West End Company.
CRP is now delivering 12 current projects that each contribute to some or all of its 4 cross-cutting ‘quality of life’ objectives:
1 – Economic growth, supporting businesses to innovate and grow e.g. via supply chain activities
2 – Sustained employment, helping workless Londoners into jobs e.g. via Workplace Co-ordinators
3 – Air quality / carbon reduction, e.g. via Electric Vehicle trials, freight consolidation, business behaviour
4 – Quality place-making
CRP’s area of focus is the central London boroughs of Westminster, the City, Lambeth, Southwark, Camden and Islington. However, Cross River Partnership sometimes delivers pan-London projects too e.g. the Mayor’s Construction Employer Accord covers the whole of London.
CRP also delivers a number of projects that involve sharing best practice with other European cities e.g. Freight Electric Vehicles in Urban Europe (FREVUE).
CRP’s funding sources today are extremely wide-ranging and include: Greater London Authority, Transport for London, Drain London, Local Authorities, City Bridge Trust, Section 106 Planning Gain, Job Centre Plus, INTERREG, URBACT, EU 7th Framework programme, private sector.
CRP reports to each of these funders separately and regularly, some of them as often as monthly.
Angel AIM Business Improvement District
Baker Street Quarter Partnership
Camden Town Unlimited Business Improvement District
City of London Corporation
City of London Corporation
City of Westminster
Greater London Authority
Heart of London Business Alliance
London and Partners
London Borough of Camden
London Borough of Islington
London Borough of Lambeth
London Borough of Southwark
New West End Company
Paddington Business Improvement District
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
South Bank Employers Group
Team London Bridge Business Improvement District
The Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District
The Northbank Business Improvement District
Transport for London
Vauxhall One Business Improvement District
Victoria Business Improvement District
Waterloo Quarter Business Improvement District
Please visit CRP’s website for further information: http://www.crossriverpartnership.org.
Or contact: Susannah Wilks, CRP Director
M. 0771 444 7465