Friends of the Peckham Coal Line has launched a competition for a new pedestrian and cycle route in south east London
Open to teams of architects, engineers and landscape designers – the contest seeks ideas to transform a disused Victorian coal siding into a new 900 metre-long linear park.
Inspired by New York’s Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed High Line, the ‘Peckham Coal Line’ project has so far raised £70,000 in crowdsourced donations.
According to the organisers: ‘The Coal Line is a community-led initiative that aims to reconnect Peckham’s neighbourhoods via a new linear link park between Queens Road Peckham and Rye Lane.
‘It will turn disused space into a source of civic pride that brings benefits to health, culture and business and celebrates Peckham’s industrial past.
‘It will complement the urban setting and frame views across London, passing through beautiful Victorian brick viaducts before dropping down to a little-used nature reserve.’
The winning team will draw up a design and feasibility study and create a detailed business case for the scheme.
A guided walk of the proposed Peckham Coal Line will start at 10am outside Peckham Rye station on 15 January. Interested participants should confirm attendance by email (details below).
The deadline for tenders is 5pm on 29 January.
How to apply