A green vision for the Low Line – RIBA competition entries shortlisted

Five green visions for the path forged by the railway viaducts through Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey, will be revealed for the first time as the Low Line international design RIBA competition reaches its final stages. 

Launched in July this year by Better Bankside, the Low Line Steering Group and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and supported by Lund Trust, the competition invited architects, landscape architects, ecologists, engineers, artists and other professionals to develop a green and creative vision and strategy to underpin the future development of the Low Line.

Eighty-two entries were received, spanning thirty-five countries. Now the judging panel has shortlisted the five projects in contention for the prize of directing the development of an ecological vision for the Low Line. The identity of the successful project will be announced at the start of December.

The projects range from the introduction of Crossings and Clearings to improve the coherence of the Low Line, enable new routes and revive disused spaces; the creation of the Low Line Commons, a landscaped promenade connecting neighbourhoods and creating a vibrant district; a green Breathing Spaces walking route aiming to improve health and encourage nature into the city; a Low Line Assembly Toolkit to enable local people to make a significant difference to their environments; and a plan to create A Circular Low Line to preserve local values, while creating a world-class walkway.

Between now and the final judging on 20 November, the five shortlisted proposals can be viewed in an exhibition that will travel to locations along the Low Line. Locations include:

  • 8 – 9 November – Made in Bermondsey Project Space, 10 Market Place, London SE16 3UQ
  • 11-13 November – Bankside Space and Union Yard Arches
  • 14-19 November – London Bridge

See for full details.

The final judging will take place on 20 November, and the winner will be announced in early December. The Low Line team is keen to receive public feedback on the proposals before the final judging session; this can be done by leaving comments at the exhibitions or by emailing

Alternatively, each of the five proposals can be found online at

Valerie Beirne of Better Bankside said, “We’re really pleased with the number of entries we’ve received, and the quality and creativity displayed. The Low Line group is particularly keen to hear the views of those working and living along and around the Low Line as we choose the winning green vision.”

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