Great Guildford Street and Ewer Street - there is light at the end of the tunnel
Two rail arches in Bankside have recently been transformed and made more welcoming as part of Bankside Urban Forest. The arches along Great Guildford Street, and Ewer Street have benefited from a deep clean and grit blast, restoring the wonderful Victorian stock and glazed brickwork, while the ironwork above the arches has also been repainted in a vibrant railway blue.
The works are part of a wider programme of streetscape improvements planned for Great Guildford Street and Ewer Streets in the autumn of 2014, and is being managed by Southwark Council through the Bankside Urban Forest partnership. The improvements, designed by Gort Scott Architects working with Civic Engineers, the Green Roof Consultancy and highways engineers from Southwark Council will bring improved accessibility, more greening and will bring out some of the history of the streets through bespoke heritage interpretation elements.
The programme of improvements will complement developments including the Harlequin Building, the Metal Box Factory, Citizen M and the Crane Building which have transformed this part of Bankside in recent years. The works will improve connections south of Southwark Street helping Bankside residents, workers and visitors explore deeper into the neighbourhood.