Work has started to redevelop four railway arches on America Street in Southwark


We have started work to redevelop four railway arches on America Street, Southwark, with an investment of over £2.5 million to revitalise the units and bring them back into commercial use.

Planning consent was secured in July 2023 for a change of use and to allow new frontage designs to be installed, making the units suitable for restaurant and leisure businesses to operate. We have partnered with Glencar Construction to complete the refurbishment works.

In restoring these arches, a key priority has been to meet relevant energy efficiency standards. All four arches are intended to achieve an EPC ‘B’ rating, with energy efficient elements of the restoration including the re-lining of all arch spaces, new insulated floor slabs suitable for restaurant use, and the installation of new LED lighting and glazed front infills.

Craig McWilliam, CEO at The Arch Company, said: “We’re investing £2.5m into these spaces to provide much needed additional commercial space suitable for leisure use. Repurposing these arches is part of our ongoing programme to create fit for purpose spaces in which businesses can thrive.”

Commenting on the appointment, Glencar CEO Eddie McGillycuddy, said: We are very happy to be working for The Arch Company for the first time and to be working on the revitalisation of these historic viaduct structures into repurposed spaces for business to develop and thrive.”