Following the path forged by the railway viaducts through Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey, the Low Line stretches through some of London’s oldest neighbourhoods, connecting communities and offering a distinct perspective on an immensely well known but ever evolving part of town.
The Low Line will unlock the potential of the Victorian rail arches, opening up a walkway that runs along the base of the viaducts to create a new spine, supporting breathing spaces and a flourishing mix of small and medium sized businesses.
The Low Line project will incrementally unfold as different opportunities and strands of funding become available. Having a coherent and creative green vision for the project will ensure that it can be delivered with sustainability at its heart and have benefits for people and wildlife.
The winning concept, The Low Line Commons, was conceived by PDP London architects, working with Macfarlane and Associates Landscape Architects, Greengage sustainability consultants and Studio 4215 environment consultants.
It puts the local community, as well as nature, at the heart of the project. The design offers four interlinked themes to help guide the emerging Low Line: productive green infrastructure; convivial public space; diverse and green economy; and historical and cultural connections.
The Low Line will create accessible new green connections and incorporate a variety of ecological interventions, helping to improve local air quality and create a healthier environment. It proposes a sustainable drainage system using ecological engineering methods, such as bioswale planting, and street level rain gardens, to avoid surface flooding and store water. The project features increased green infrastructure, tree planting, community gardens and wildlife habitats, to help create a ‘sense of place’ for the community and encourage more people to visit the Low Line.
The Low Line competition was commissioned by Better Bankside on behalf of the Low Line Steering Group.