A competition has been launched to come up with a plan to improve some 250 railway arches running through the Vauxhall and Nine Elms districts.

The competition aims to link up with the existing Low Line that runs through Bermondsey, potentially creating a single walking route from London Bridge to Battersea Power Station.

The brief to architects and designers says that the “aspiration for this work is to demonstrate how a continuous route tying into the area’s historic and cultural context can be created and delivered on, and how the spaces inside the viaduct can support the further growth and post-pandemic recovery of the area, by offering an alternative form of accommodation for commercial and community activity.”

The competition is for the winner to develop a high-level brief for the low-level walking route, and that would then be implemented, in stages over the following years, funding permitting.

The aim is not to set out to deliver the concept as one piece, but instead to establish the potential and put in place the right underlying conditions to allow the vision to be realised incrementally and organically, over a longer period.

The project is supported by both Lambeth and Wandsworth councils, which the railway arches pass through, and amongst the objectives, they aim to provide a more pleasant route away from heavily vehicular trafficked routes for pedestrians, and where appropriate cyclists

Details of the competition are here.


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