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International design competition launched to develop green and creative vision for Low Line

8 July 2019

Ewer Street rain garden

Better Bankside and the Low Line Steering Group, working with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have launched an international design competition to develop a green and creative vision for the Low Line. The competition is supported by Lund Trust, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.

Managed by RIBA Competitions, the competition invites multi-disciplinary teams of architects, landscape architects, ecologists, engineers, artists and other professions to develop a green and creative vision and strategy to underpin the future development of the Low Line.

The Low Line links diverse neighbourhoods and communities, leading visitors off the beaten track and into areas of creativity, history, industry and entertainment, such as Union Yard Arches, Flat Iron Square and Vinegar Yard, Maltby Street and Bermondsey. It celebrates the heritage of the railway arches and unlocks the potential of derelict and forgotten sites.

The aim of the Low Line competition is to develop a unifying vision and strategy to inform the delivery of greening and biodiversity enhancements along and adjacent to the Low Line, that can help support social, environmental and economic well-being, and can be implemented organically over time as the Low Line route evolves.

The initial phase of the competition invites teams of architects, landscape architects, designers, ecologists and other design-related disciplines to submit designs anonymously, in digital format only. Five concept designs will then be shortlisted for further development. Each shortlisted designer will receive an honorarium of £4,000 + VAT. The winning team will be invited to develop the vision in greater detail. The closing date for initial stage entries is 2nd September 2019.

For full details of the competition and how to enter please visit www.ribacompetitions.com/low_line

Friends Roundup #1

26 May 2019

Some 65 people from the local business and residential communities in Bankside, London Bridge, Bermondsey and Elephant and Castle attended the inaugural meeting of the Friends of the Low Line on 1 May 2019 on Scoresby Street.

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Listen to the Low Line: Musicity

Launching from 1 June 2019 as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture, Musicity will work with musicians and sound artists each responding to 15 locations along the railway viaduct that forms the Low Line, and has been a part of Bankside, London Bridge, and Bermondsey’s heritage for over 150 years.

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Events

Second Friends of the Low Line event

Wednesday 6 November 2019

We’ll shortly be planning the second Friends of the Low Line event for November – a chance for those working and living along and close to the Low Line, as well as those generally interested in the project ...

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Guided Tour: National Park City

A walk on the wild side – exploring Bankside’s Low Line wildlife:

Join local environmental specialists Eight Associates for a guided tour exploring the hidden and not so hidden wildlife that inhabits the spaces on and around the Low Line. More details to follow…

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Guided Tour: Open House London

Join us for a guided tour exploring the Low Line programmed as part of this year’s Open House London. Meet at the cycle hire docking station behind Southwark tube station. More details to follow…

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Archive

Event  Make Music Day Parade

Friday 21 June 2019, 6.307.30pm

Come and watch carnival band Kinetika Bloco as they parade along the Low Line, London's emerging walking destination. Part of international free music festival Make Music Day, they will meander through the railway arches and tunnels of London Bridge to Potters Fields Park and The Scoop.

As Kinetika Bloco make their way through the base of the viaduct with their upbeat mix of music influenced by the Caribbean, Brazil, West and South Africa, New Orleans jazz, funk and hip hop, you will find yourself immersed in the energy of their performance as the music fills unexpected, fascinating spaces on the route.

Event  LFA—Guided Tour 2 (Fully Booked)

Monday 17 June 2019, 67.30pm

Join us for a guided tour exploring the Low Line programmed as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture. Meet at the cycle hire docking station behind Southwark tube station. More details to follow. To register, please email info@lowline.london.

Event  LFA—Guided Tour 1 (Fully Booked)

Saturday 15 June 2019, 11am1.30pm

Join us for a guided tour exploring the Low Line programmed as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture. Meet at the cycle hire docking station behind Southwark tube station. More details to follow. To register, please email info@lowline.london.

Event  Musicity x Low Line — Launch

Tuesday 4 June 2019, 5pm

Join this special free Musicity launch event hosted by BBC Radio 3 Late Junction’s Nick Luscombe at The Underdog Gallery, from 5pm til late – part of London Festival of Architecture, the world’s largest architecture festival, which will see over 400 diverse, challenging and engaging events taking place across the capital.

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