Looking at South London’s area of Bermondsey you can notice a long infrastructural strip splitting the urban grain causing programmatic fragmentation which effectsseparation of social connections, isolating industrial and educational institutions.
Originally performed in symbiosis with local production, later due to gentrification and viaduct expansion, the role of the railway shifted from a connector to a border.
Trace of this can be found along the line:
As an example of such condition, here is a closer look at the area where now disused Spa Rd Sta is. Whilst the most of the site is occupied with residentials, the largest complex of council houses stretches along the viaduct creating a second boundary line.
Few industrial and educational elements exists as remnants of industrial past, and are now threatened by a master-plan regeneration in preference for more housings, promising new school facilities. Its already known that current school closes by the end of the year, yet there s no clear play for its temporary relocation.
Apart from that, juxtaposition of the street grid with infrastructure forms these triangulated plots of land offering potential for interventions.
Following the analysis of current conditions I developed a strategy for preserving the threatened historical elements along with establishing linkage within educational and industrial facilities. Thus was discovered the segment of the viaduct in the middle would benefit for physical connection and extensions of programs on site: