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New connections: Arch 42

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Published on
December 7, 2020


The Nine Elms neighbourhood is known for its railway lines and roads connecting the area with other parts of London. Now there’s going to be an exciting new archway connection between communities on each side of the tracks, joining up a route between new Tube stations opening in 2021 and New Covent Garden Market and the river.

Find out more about Arch 42

What is Arch 42?

Arch 42 is an old railway arch forming a section of the Victorian railway viaduct which carries the South Western main line into Waterloo station. It sits between Ponton Road and the back of New Covent Garden Market.

Arch 42 location on a map

The opening of this arch, ahead of the Northern Line Extension opening in autumn 2021, will create a key public walking and cycling route between the new Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station underground stations, Wandsworth Road, Nine Elms Lane and the River Thames. It’s part of a package of infrastructure and public realm improvements being made in Nine Elms by Wandsworth Council.

Now, Wandsworth Council and the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) are running a design competition for artists and architects to create attractive gateways at the entrances to Arch 42.

What’s happened so far

In November, an expert judging panel shortlisted six designs which aim to transform the historic railway arch.

The judging panel consists of: David Bickle (partner, Hawkins\Brown), Louise Dransfield (London Editor, Estates Gazette), Yinka Ilori (Artist and Designer, Yinka Ilori Studio), Christopher Mansfield (chartered engineer, Network Rail), Alex Rinsler (Nine Elms strategic lead for culture, Wandsworth Council), Tamsie Thomson (Managing Director, New London Architecture).

A public consultation was open throughout December 2020 – this has now closed and the judging panel will decide on the winning design.

Next steps

A winning design will be chosen by the panel, taking into account your views. We will announce the winning design in late January with the London Festival of Architecture. The design will then be developed with the winning team ready for installation in summer 2021, ahead of the new Tube stations opening.

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