Friday 24 June 2005 5.50pm
The last day of the exhibition of competition winnners
is tomorrow Saturday
25 June from 10am to 3pm at:
Viaduct Arch 27, Wootton Street, London SE1 8LY
(thats the arches underneath Waterloo East station platforms accessible from Cornwall Road
or Windmill Walk
I popped in this lunchtime and found it a bit of a mixed bag. I really liked the second prize winner
with the arches closed by "dynamic low-pressure inflatable structures".
Bermondseyites may be interested in the various ideas for the arches north of Crucifix Lane
, which included the winning entry
with its "linear park" under the arches - dependent on plant species that can tolerate low light levels. Whether the actual development of the site will look anything like this is a moot point - I certainly can't envisage the troglodyte live/work units getting past the planners.
One point of trivia/pedantry (couldn't resist!):
The exhibition panels at the entrance claims that Meopham Street is the only road in SE1 that allows you to cross from the hinterland of the South Bank to the River Thames without passing under the viaducts. Whoever wrote this forgot that there is still the second bridge over Waterloo Road
fifty years south of Meopham Street.
Until ten years ago this bridge was the pedestrian access to Waterloo East from the main station concourse, (I well remember dodging speeding cabs!) but it was actually built as part of the original Waterloo Junction Station in the days when South Eastern Railway trains could run directly from London Bridge to Clapham Junction across the concourse of the main station. It was hardly ever used - although it is mentioned in HG Wells' War of the Worlds
as the route by which troops were deployed to reach the Martian landing site.
Not many people know that!
[I have no connection to Cross River Partnership]