Cultural hub launches in London’s Bankside
Published: 31 January, 2017
The Low Line takes shape with the opening of Old Union Yard Arches
Network Rail has completed its redevelopment of the Old Union Yard Arches in Bankside, on the South Bank of the Thames, forming another link in the Low Line after the recent opening of the foodie hub at Flat Iron Square.
The Low Line will link together the neighbourhoods between London Bridge and Waterloo, Blackfriars and Elephant and Castle with a world-class walking route along the base of the rail viaducts.
The Old Union Yard Arches, consisting of ten double-height railway arches, will host a range of culture and food and drink opportunities. It is the new home to both the legendary Union Theatre and Cervantes Theatre, the first Spanish and Latin American theatre in London. Flying Fantastic has made use of the arch structure to open its first aerial fitness school. The Africa Centre is also relocating here and visitors will be able to dine at two new restaurants - Roberto Costa’s Macellaio, an Italian restaurant passionate about meats and artisan farmers, and Bala Baya, bringing the creativity of Tel Aviv’s hip, all-day eateries to London.
Alan Muir, director of Network Rail Commercial Estates, said : “Working closely with Better Bankside on this concept we have been able to sympathetically refurbish the railway arches to breathe new life into the area and add another great example of how under-used rail spaces can be used for regeneration, attracting new businesses, creating jobs and building a sense of community.”