Low Line Walking Tour
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A walking tour of three railway arches in Southwark retrofitted by local architecture studio TDO. The practice’s own studio on Great Suffolk Street, a railway arch converted in 2012, has set a precedent for recent developments which have reinvigorated redundant arches along the Low Line. The practice has installed re-purposed Nissen sheds within two arches along the Low Line, with a third arch soon to go on site. The projects have provided self-contained, demountable, reusable enclosures that can move to new arches, reducing future capital outlay, allowing cost savings to be passed on to the communities they serve. The design allows the atmospheric and generous vaulted spaces under the arches to be preserved and fully appreciated, whilst accommodating new uses which serve the local community and supporting local businesses. The projects are presented as case studies in ‘Bringing Railway Arches Back into Use: A Good Practice Guide’ to be published in the autumn, providing a toolkit to other boroughs, towns and cities to reinvigorate redundant railway infrastructure. This tour will commence at TDO’s studio and take in two of the completed arches: Ewer Street, which is now occupied by a business in residence; and Redcross Way, a new flexible performance and exhibition space. Tom Lewith, Founding Director, TDO, will lead the tour with Nicole Gordon, Better Bankside.