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 or derelict. An important strand of realising the Low Line is helping to breathe new life into these underused spaces, showcasing how the unique arches can be adapted and reused to deliver flexible work spaces supporting a mix of uses and economies.

With funding from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund, work is underway 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 at Ewer Street and Redcross Way in Bankside – with an arch in Bermondsey planned to follow in the coming months. The aim is to re-purpose them as test beds for the adaptive reuse of arch spaces along the Low Line, supporting a mix of end uses.

Local architects TDO has been appointed to develop and implement creative solutions for adapting four empty arches at sites across Bankside and Bermondsey for a range of uses including an active travel hub, a flexible cultural/event space and micro workspace for local community use.

Works are due to start on site in early 2021.