Transport for London opens up Kingsland Road railway arches in Shoreditch for business

Rebecca Smith
How the renovated arches could look once complete
How the renovated arches could look once complete (Source: TfL)

Transport for London (TfL) has announced today that it has been granted planning permission to revamp a stretch of seven commercial units in the East London Line railway arches in Shoreditch.

The arches and office space, located close by the junction of Kingsland Road and Old Street, will be renovated to create a larger area, which TfL said will open up opportunities for retail, food, and drink outlets.

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A large number of independent retailers are scattered across TfL's transport network, and the transport body expects the units at Kingsland arches to attract similar business.

The revamp of the spaces will include the installation of new glass shop fronts, while the stone work will be retained and relocated within the new buildings.

Here's how the railway arches currently look...

(Source: Fletcher Priest Architects)

And how they could look once finished:

(Source: Fletcher Priest Architects)

The work will be carried out by Fletcher Priest Architects.

Graeme Craig, TfL's commercial development director, said:

Transforming the arches at Kingsland Road will bring a new lease of life to these vacant units, while maintaining the character of the area.

They will provide a new location for business to thrive and are one of the many ways that we are raising vital revenue to reinvest in the transport network.

TfL currently owns around 700 commercial arches across London, and has increasingly begun to assess their use and what changes could help the local area, as well as looking to raise revenue to reinvest back into the capital's transport network.

So far, railway arches have been converted into The Beagle restaurant in Hoxton, the Warren Evans furniture showroom in Hammersmith, and Arch Studios, a music studio in Stamford Brook.

Last year, TfL also announced plans to open 31 railway arches near Wood Lane Tube station.

TfL has received planning permission from Hammersmith & Fulham council to transform these arches into a mixture of commercial, leisure and retail space. The first phase of the works on that is underway.

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