The phased project aims to transform the structures - a physical barrier between central and south London - into a continuous piece of green infrastructure featuring a ‘world-class walking route’ and a variety of engaging public spaces, thereby enhancing urban biodiversity and promoting the health and wellbeing of residents and businesses.
WW+P worked with Arup and Exterior Architecture on the design of a Low Line Assembly Toolkit, a kit of parts that be assembled in multiple configurations to suit the characteristics of specific sections of the Line. The combination of different tools – ecological, activation and opportunistic – enable local people, communities and businesses to make a significant difference to their local Low Line environments. Tailored combinations of plants, shrubs and trees and street furniture, including seats, tables, and planters, form the base build of any site with opportunistic elements such as art installations, sculpture and graffiti adding further differentiation, excitement and interest.
The anonymous competition, run by the RIBA, attracted 82 entries from 32 different countries. It was backed by Better Bankside and the Low Line Steering Group, with support from the Lund Trust, a charitable fund set up by Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing.
The Low Line has received a £1 million grant from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund and £1 million from its project partners to deliver projects across the area, including early schemes stemming from the design competition.