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Low Line railways reuse

We were very interested in reading about our focus area, 'London's Low Line', in an ES Homes & Property article. The fascinating story highlights the revival of the numerous regions close to the railway, and we quote it below.

Rope Walk, Bermondsey, London SE1

"Manhattan has its High Line, a linear park on disused train tracks, but London's "Low Line" shows how the imaginative reuse of railway architecture can bring about neighbourhood renewal across a swathe of the inner city."

"The London Bridge to Greenwich railway viaduct is an industrial marvel. Built between 1834 and 1836, this single structure of 3.45 miles is the world's oldest entirely elevated line. It boasts Britain's longest run of 851 brick arches now undergoing a remarkable renaissance."

The project used "More than 60 million bricks and 400 workers to construct the line, the first-ever rail commuter route, transporting workers to the Square Mile from intermediate stations at Deptford and nearby Bermondsey in SE1."

Regarding Bermondsey, the article states: "The picture started to change about ten years ago with the rise of Borough Market and the broader Bermondsey revival. First, market stallholders spilt over into cheap arch spaces at Maltby Street, now a buzzing foodie haven."

And the process continued, with "design creep" spreading along Druid Street and St James Road, through Raymouth Road to Childers Street on the cusp with Greenwich." They also mention that Deptford "is still relatively affordable for young, career-minded Londoners.

Deptford's unpretentious High Street gradually gives way to trendier outlets such as the Job Centre, once an employment agency, now a bar. Tellingly, a Waitrose has opened at Deptford Creek, an industrial waterway now opening up for housing and amenities."

Our Rotherhithe & Bermondsey office in SE16 has been selling properties in this area since 1984, providing our full residential services. So if you're looking for a property in Bermondsey, please don't hesitate to contact us. You can enquire via our website, visit our office at 146 Lower Road, London SE16 2UG or call 020 7237 6767.

Written by Alex Neil Estate Agents

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