What if this elevated section of disused railway became a place to walk, enjoy nature, play, grow food, discover the local history and enjoy stunning views of the city?
The Limehouse Curve is a 120m long disconnected viaduct that bridges over Commercial Road in Tower Hamlets. Built in the 1840’s the viaduct previously linked two sections of the London and Blackwall Railway and was last in service in the 1960’s. Since then nature has taken hold at track level.
The Curve is a hidden treasure and a valuable example of industrial history in London connecting listed structures such as the Limehouse Accumulator Tower that allows stunning views across the city, the Limehouse Station viaduct and the steel bridge section of the Curve, spanning Commercial Road with a Victorian water fountain beneath.
Located near a network of London walks this proposed new public space would provide an interesting detour to the network of walks along the Thames and the canals providing an elevated moment in a journey through the city.
What we'll do:
- Create two access points to the viaduct: 1) stair and lift tower on Commercial Road 2) staircase at Mill Place
- Improve the elevated track to cater for wildlife as well as people.
- Add seating and create shelter.
- Introduce meadow areas, trees and community growing plots.
Why it's a great idea:
The Limehouse Curve is a local landmark of historic value with great potential to become a useable and enjoyable asset to the local community and the wider public. While much smaller in scale the Limehouse Curve has similar qualities to the celebrated High Line in New York providing an elevated park in the inner city.
The recycling of the railway viaduct into an urban green space would be a catalyst to improving the quality of the urban environment surrounding the Limehouse Curve and create opportunities for local business as well as cultural life.
The Limehouse Curve would provide a new release space for young and old in a dense and culturally diverse residential area with limited access to parks and greenery.
The Limehouse Curve would facilitate improved public access to the historic Accumulator Tower, a 30m tall local landmark that used to power the dock machinery. Currently access is limited to arranged visits and open house weekends.
How we'll get it done:
- Work with Tower Hamlets and local stakeholders.
- Form an interest group: "Friends of the Limehouse Curve"
- What if: projects develop design and construction information.
- Work with contractors and volunteers to implement the project.
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- Tower Hamlets, Greater London
- About the space
- Limehouse Curve elevated, disused railway track