Working with the Greater London Authority (GLA)
The Greater London Authority's London 2012 Unit commissioned Enabled City to produce 26 routes as part of their initiative to improve access for disabled people along the riverside walk on the South Bank of the River Thames. The Greater London Authority worked with Southwark and Lambeth councils to improve pavement layouts, install better lighting and signage, increase seating and provide more access ramps and handrails as a lasting legacy for London, enabling even more people to enjoy this area. PhotoRoutes easy way-finding completed the improvements and helped everyone find their way to the South Bank Riverside Walk. A continuous safe and accessible route along the South Bank can now be used and enjoyed by everyone regardless of age or disability.
The GLA was delighted to collaborate with Enabled City on this project. The flexible nature of this small, innovative company allowed us to complete this project in an efficient timescale without compromising its quality or content. It is always a pleasure to work on projects like this, that benefit such a wide audience and showcase how the Greater London Authority is helping to make the South Bank, and London, a more accessible and inclusive place
Julie Fleck OBE, Advisor on the Paralympics, London 2012 Unit at the Greater London Authority
The South Bank area attracts 22 million visitors every year, and is home to some of London’s iconic visitor destinations including Southwark Cathedral, Borough Market, Shakespeare’s Globe, Oxo Tower, Tate Modern, National Theatre and Royal Festival Hall.
We were commissioned to provide a treatment to the South Bank area ensure locals and tourists were aware of the improved access from Westminster to Tower Bridge. The routes were produced in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and serve as part of the Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy. PhotoRoute walking maps are particularly helpful to people with learning or physical disabilities, people whose first language is not English and everybody else finding traditional map reading difficult.
The Greater London Authority's 2012 Unit commissioned Enabled City for another project to help visitors during the Olympic and Paralympic Games find their way along six unique walking routes.
The 6 discovery trails ran across the historic city centre to the greatest sights and sounds of London, brought to life by official Games mascots Mandeville and Wenlock highlighting some great photo opportunities. The PhotoRoute maps were available on the Mayor of London Presents website or viewable here: photoroute.com/stroll.
The success of our projects with the GLA led us to develop our native mobile phone apps to complement the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic information provision.
In partnership with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and TH Foundation we've replaced native apps created for London 2012 with highly inclusive and scaleable web apps, visit our FAQs for benefits.