Designed by SPPARC, the project repurposes Victorian railway arches and creates a sequence of pedestrian-focused public spaces
The first phase of Borough Yards, a new pedestrian-focused shopping and dining district adjacent to Borough Market in London, has opened. The large-scale project, designed by SPPARC, revives a lost medieval street pattern and transforms a series of formerly disused warehouses, Victorian railway arches and viaducts into a series of new spaces. The project intertwines new building additions with re-purposed historic architecture, using distinct brickworking to harmoniously connect old with new.
This first phase of the project, named Soap Yard, anticipates the opening of the full district in Spring 2022 and includes a new cinema, Everyman Borough Yards. Neon lighting by FRA Creative illuminates a new public square and will eventually lead visitors from Soap Yard to a linear arcade connecting the two ends of the district, where a series of new restaurants and shops will be housed in the double-height Victorian arches, which SPPARC describes as ‘raw-brick, cathedral-like spaces’.
As well as additional public spaces, two new office buildings designed for TOG (The Office Group) will also form part of the scheme. The long elevation of the largest new building incorporates a series of folds that respond to the rhythm of the surrounding townscape.
The project transforms railway infrastructure that previously created barriers in the landscape into permeable pedestrian spaces, connecting to the area’s wider pedestrian network.
Photography by Ed Reeve
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