Breathing new life into underused and derelict rail arches

Bermondsey Bombay St

Of the nearly 300 arches in the viaduct between Bankside and Bermondsey, nearly 30% of them are vacant spaces. An important strand of realising the Low Line is helping to breathe new life into these underused spaces, showcasing how the unique spaces in the arches can be flexible work spaces supporting a mix of uses and economies.

With funding from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund, we are working with project partners Arch Co and local BIDs Better Bankside and Blue Bermondsey on the refurbishment of a number of currently empty and derelict arches. The aim is to re-purpose them as test beds for new methods of occupying arch spaces along the Low Line that are adaptable and flexible and support a mix of uses.

Local architects TDO has been appointed to develop and implement creative solutions for adapting four empty arches at sites in Bankside and Bermondsey for a range of uses. The architects, whose studio is located in a railway arch in Bankside which they renovated themselves, will develop proposals for arches in Ewer Street and Southwark Street in Bankside and at Blue Anchor Lane in Bermondsey.