Dilapidated archways transformed with added space for restaurants and businesses

Work to redevelop four dilapidated railway arches is under way, which will see new spaces opened up for restaurants, cafés, bars and businesses.

The arches, located under a 19th century railway viaduct between Southwark Bridge Road and Great Guildford Street, will undergo extensive renovation works including the re-lining of all arch spaces, new insulated floor slabs suitable for restaurant use, and glazed front infills.

Stephen George Partners (SGP) is behind the scheme in America Street, working closely with project partners including Pick Everard.

The architect group said meeting energy efficiency standards is a “key priority”, with all four arches intended to achieve an energy performance certificate ‘B’ rating.

SGP studio director, Alan Soper, said: “We firmly believe that the adaptive re-use of former industrial buildings can play a significant role in the revitalisation of our urban centres and the redevelopment of these railway arches in America Street is a prime example.

“Their prime location and Arch Company’s investment will help to create a vibrant destination for the neighbourhood, while also supporting local businesses and the wider community.”

The Arch Company is investing £2.5million to provide the additional commercial space around the renovated arches.

Pictured top: A CGI image showing America Street after renovation works (Picture: SGP)

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