- Location : London Bridge, England
- Date : 2019
- Client : The Good Growth Fund
- Project Status : Competition
We recently submitted a conceptual design entry for the RIBA London Low Line competition. The challenge was to ‘develop a unifying vision and strategy to inform the delivery of a range of greening and biodiversity enhancements along and adjacent to the Low Line that can be implemented organically over time as the Low Line route evolves’.
Within our design, we proposed that the Victorian viaducts and disused archways would become a hive of activity repopulated with businesses and opportunities for community intervention. Along this new walking route would be a series of pocket parks introducing biodiversity, relief from the heat island effect, and a city better equipped to respond to climate change.
We examined instances of residential interface where the archways could become facilities for recycling, bike hire or even urban farms. We sought to re-imagine possibilities for green infrastructure with planted walls harvesting rainwater from the railway viaducts to create a green and attractive route, encouraging locals and visitors alike to travel London by foot.
Wayfinding was an integral element of the design; a new walking destination running along the length of the mighty Victorian rail viaducts would be established, spanning Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey. Our concept achieves this through the creation of a common thread and guide for the pedestrian route using both colour and light.