London-based practice The Facility has won an international contest to transform the capital's neglected railway viaducts. The scheme from the Southwark firm to overhaul derelict arches around London Bridge was named as the winner of the 'Light at the End of the Tunnel' competition at a ceremony on Wednesday night (15 June).
Sponsored by the Cross River Partnership and commercial landlord Spacia, the 'imaginative linear park' design saw off 53 entries from six countries to scoop the award. The proposals centre around a new green strip of parkland that will attract pedestrians through the 'unattractive, depopulated tunnels'. This park will be planted with trees and grasses that can thrive under low UV light levels and the front of the arches will be revamped with a new café/bar and performance space. Kiosk-style retail units will be carved into the wall of the railway arch and will be powered by 'piezoelectric vibration sensors', which can convert train movement into electrical current. The runner-up designs, by FXV, Carey Niemen Architects and Lewis & Hickey, will go on show with the other shortlisted entries at a restored arch in Wootton Street from 22-25 June.