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Click to see full size Linda Houston, the Director of the Pool of London Partnership in her 2003 annual report says:-

As the local regeneration agency for the Pool of London business district, we continue to work in partnership with a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations as well as policy makers and residents.

Another exciting year has passed during which we have seen a radical transformation in the appearance of the Pool as the long lead-in period has turned into implementation on the ground; a number of strategic sites have increased their profile, such as London Bridge and Tower Gateway; and our Education and Citizenship programme has introduced further innovations within our target schools.
Notable achievements during 2002 - 2003 include the implementation of many environmental projects within our Public Spaces Strategy: such as the upgrading of Tooley Street; the transformation of Beormund Environs and Guy Street Park to provide necessary active and passive leisure facilities for local residents; proviaion of a well liat and welcoming entrance to Guy's Hospital and King's College; major construction works on the western approaches to the Tower of London - the final element of our TES scheme; the adoption of the Tower Gateway Strategy; and the production of our Lighting Masterplan to influence planning agencies and developers ofr years to come. Click to see full size
Click to see full size We are now very close to securing the Unicorn Children's Centre in the Pool of London. Planning permission is granted, £9.5m towards the total cost of £11.5m is secured and the Trustees have now signed the agreement to lease the site. The next phase of the funding appeal is underway and we eagerly anticipate a start on-site in Autumn 2004. The fundraising campaign for the building continues alongside a PLP-supported education programme.

Our highly innovative Corporate Citizenship programme (BRASS) is flourishing with businesses of many sizes keen to get involved.
The project seeks to benefit young people by raising skills and aspirations as well as providing businesses with an opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the community. Given its success to-date, the unique BRASS project may be used as a model of best practice and expanded into a wider area.

The business-led City Growth Strategy and Action Plan for London South Central will be published October - December 2003 on behalf of the London South Central Forum and other local agencies.
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Again, I would like to thank the PLP Board members and partners who have played an active role in helping us to progress our vision this year. Special thanks also, to project managers who achieved tight deadlines during another year of high spend pressures and members of our Task-Groups for their dedication and enthusiasm.


The Pool of London 2003 Annual Review reports on the London Bridge Museum

The London Bridge Museum Trust has planning consent to develop a new visitor attraction within the vaults of London Bridge itself. The museum exhibition aims to use the latest interactive presentation technology to tell the story of London's famous bridge over the Thames from Roman times through to the present day. Following the production of a business plan, cost report and an internal area survey, the Trust has now begun fundraising activities. Further developments have now taken place on the popular website and promotional literature has also been produced.

In a separate Archeology in Schools project, Peter Lennard - architect and historian who is devloping the museum project - worked in association with Foster and Partners, More London Development Limited and Southwark Council to produce a CD-rom and website charting the history of the Pool of London. The CD-rom is now available to view in City Hall and copies have been sent to all schools in Southwark.

For more information on the Pool of London Partnership, visit their website.

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