Urban Eye

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Urban Eye
Formation 1998
Type Charity
Headquarters North Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Miles Watson
Website http://www.urbaneye.org.uk/

Urban Eye[1] is a London-based charity[2] which has been regenerating run-down parts of the inner city in London through imaginative design solutions, creative architectural lighting and public art since 1998. The charity has a strong record of forming partnerships with stakeholders (Transport for London, Metronet, Highways Agency, Land Securities and Kensington Housing Trust), public and private organisations (BBC, BT Group), and local authorities (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster City Council, Suffolk County Council, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham) to tackle regeneration schemes in run-down sites in the city.[3]

Successful projects include transformational works at prominent London locations, including Portobello Road & Ladbroke Grove London Underground bridges, sections of the desolate underside of the Westway (London) [4] and other neglected urban sites such as pedestrian bridges[5] and graffiti-prone buildings and utilities.[6][7][8]

Projects aim to reduce fear of crime and anti-social behaviour and create a more positive identity for an area,[9] providing a lasting legacy for residents and visitors to enjoy. Where possible projects involve local people directly in the creative process. Projects carried out with schools such as Fox Primary School, resident groups, youth projects, and special needs authorities (The Ashley School) increase ownership and help generate respect for the local environment.

In 2008 Urban Eye changed its name from Westway Project.[10]


  1. ^ Boc, Ly (2 November 2009). "An eye on urban regeneration". BBC. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Charity: Urban Eye". Charity Commission. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Urban Eye - Research Participant". IVAR Institute for Voluntary Action Research. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Light Projects Group (18 June 2009). "Lighting fights crime and grime". Landscape & Amenity. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "ACKLAM BRIDGE nr WESTBOURNE PARK LONDON". PML. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Boc, Ly (2 November 2009). "Slideshow: The art of urban regeneration". BBC. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Colours against Crime". Lighting Journal. 73 (6): 13–14. December 2008. 
  8. ^ "Keeping an eye out..". ABC&D (Architect-Builder-Contractor-Developer): 26–27. April 2010. 
  9. ^ Hugh Morrison, ed. (November–December 2009). "Writing is on the wall for graffiti". AT Architectural Technology. The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (86): 4. ISSN 1361-326X. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Charity: Westway Project (old name)". Charity Commission. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 

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