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Nine Elms Arch 42 Gateways competition shortlist revealed

The Victorian railway Arch 42 in Nine Elms

Published on
November 12, 2020


The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) and Wandsworth Council have revealed the shortlisted practices and teams in their Arch 42 Gateways design competition. Over 90 entries were received from architects, landscape architects, designers and artists hoping for the opportunity to transform a historic railway arch and a key public route leading to new London Underground stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station.

Arch 42 is one of a series of arches forming a section of the Victorian railway viaduct carrying the South Western main line into Waterloo station. Currently presenting a significant barrier to movement in the local area, it will be opened to create a vital new route between Nine Elms station, Nine Elms Lane and the River Thames, and linking up with pedestrian and cycle routes running through Nine Elms.

The new gateways to Arch 42 will form part of significant public realm improvements around the new Northern Line stations including new pavements, tree planting, increased cycle parking, new seating and wayfinding.

What happens next

The shortlisted teams will show their developed proposals in an online public exhibition, opening in early December.

The winning designers will develop and deliver the project that will be installed ahead of the scheduled opening of the Northern Line Extension in Autumn 2021.

Watch this space for more information about how you can feed back into the online public proposal exhibition in December.

Let’s meet the six shortlisted teams…

Bamidele Awoyemi, Farouk Agoro and Livia Wang

Bamidele, Farouk & Livia are a collective of designers and artists living and working in South London, with an ambition to collaborate with different groups, specialists, and communities in their projects. Despite practicing and sharing backgrounds in architecture, much of their work has crossed into disciplines of art, film, exhibition, education, and curation.


Bamidele, Farouk & Livia

Instagram: @tundeawoyemi
Instagram: @farouk_agoro
Instagram: @liviaqingwang

BAT Studio and Katrina Russell-Adams

Katrina is a Peckham visual artist, practicing since 2014. Jonty and Dave have run BAT Studio architects from their workshop and studio in Walthamstow since 2012. Katrina and BAT are friends whose collaboration combines joyful creativity with innovative uses of materials and fabrication techniques.

Katrina and BAT
Twitter: @katrinaradams
Instagram: @katrinaradams
Twitter: @BAT_Studio


DS.twelve are a group of architects and designers with a collective interest in the complex stories of places and how these evolve over time. Based in London, they have a background working on sensitive heritage buildings and sites. Their approach celebrates the existing, while acknowledging that change is vital to the ongoing life of places.

DS.twelve team smiling


Instagram: @ds.twelve

FFLO – Allt Environmental – Local Works Studio

FFLO design landscapes crafted from sustainable locally sourced materials, in and of the places they lie. Allt environmental structural engineers address the urgent need to de-carbonise the built environment with a particular emphasis on carbon embodied in structures. Local Works Studio see value and possibility in all the materials we find around us. We want to revive awareness of the stuff that we build with.

FFLO – Allt Environmental - Local Works Studio

FFLO – Allt Environmental – Local Works Studio
Instagram: @fflolandscape
Twitter: @AlltEngineers
Instagram: @alltenvironmental
Twitter: @localworkstudio
Instagram: @localworkstudio

Projects Office

The ethos of London architecture studio Projects Office is fantastic pragmatism: they’re fearlessly design-led, resolutely people focussed. Founded by Megan Charnley, James Christian and Bethan Kay in 2015, they delight in projects which involve, celebrate, sustain and empower communities, at work, at play or in the city.


Twitter: @Projects_Office
Instagram: @projectsoffice

The Klassnik Corporation

The Klassnik Corporation is an RIBA Chartered Practice based in Kings Cross. Members of London’s Architecture Design and Urbanism Panel for cultural strategy and arts consultancy advice, they deliver buildings, places and public installations with character that communicate to a wide range of audiences.


Instagram: @klassnik_architects

Rosa Rogina, head of programme at the London Festival of Architecture, said:

“We were delighted to receive such a large response to our Arch 42 Gateways competition call for entries. It’s clear that many talented practices and team were struck by this brilliant opportunity to transform an unloved and overlooked railway arch into something quite special that can benefit thousands of people. There’s certainly no shortage of talent, enthusiasm and great ideas in today’s diverse shortlist, and we’re really looking forward to studying their proposals before we select a winner.”

Nearby: Thessaly Road bridge

This isn’t the first time that public spaces have been transformed in Nine Elms. Wandsworth Council and the London Festival of Architecture unveiled the colourful Thessaly Road railway bridge by visual artist Yinka Ilori in 2019.

The bridge’s design also won the Wandsworth Design Award for public spaces by turning a dark and uninviting bridge into a welcoming enlivened space.

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