Following significant investment and redevelopment by Network Rail, the Old Union Yard Arches are open for business, in the heart of Bankside. The newest cultural stop on the Low Line, complements the other Network Rail development recently launched as the foodie hub at Flat Iron Square along the route.
The space is the new home to the legendary Union Theatre, which was founded by artistic director Sasha Regan in 1997 and previously voted ‘Best Up-and-Coming Theatre’. Joining them will be Cervantes Theatre, the first Spanish and Latin American theatre in London brought to life by the renowned Spanish film and theatre actor, producer and director, Jorge de Juan.
Offering a different approach to fitness, Flying Fantastic have made use of the arch structure and opened their first aerial fitness school. The Africa Centre are also established there, celebrating African arts and culture, and creating a dynamic space nurturing cultural exchange, collaboration and educational programmes.
Visitors exploring Bankside’s rich and expanding cultural space at the Union Yard Arches 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. A sleek Bauhaus-inspired restaurant, this is the first standalone project from Israeli-born Head Chef Eran Tibi.
Cementing Bankside as an emerging art hub in London, artist Rachel Wilberforce has been commissioned to install a landmark public artwork within the yard, Cyclorama, which can be viewed from Union Street and Great Suffolk Street.
Commenting on the Low Line project, Donald Hyslop, Chair of Better Bankside said: “The opening of the Union Yard Arches signals another step towards realising the Low Line vision in Bankside. We want to give small, independent businesses the opportunity to thrive in a burgeoning neighbourhood, and cement the area as a cultural hub in south London. The regeneration of these renowned viaducts has been significant and is key in stimulating the further regeneration and development of the wider area, bringing substantial direct and indirect economic benefits to London and to neighbouring areas of change.”