Project Country: Great Britain
Architect: Trevor Morriss/SPPARC
Brickwork Contractor: Lesterose Brickwork Contractors
About the project
Located next to the historic Borough Market on the banks of the River Thames in the heart of Central London, the recently completed Borough Yards development of new retail streets, cultural galleries and commercial office space is urbane and welcoming.
This riverside London location is all about historic, cultural and local connections. Next door to the world-famous Borough Market, Borough Yards’ imaginative architecture reinstates the evocatively named Dirty Lane.
By reinstating the lost medieval street pattern, Borough Yards has been designed by SPPARC as a place that resonates with the blended work/play lives of modern urbanites.
SPPARC has created an architectural typology which started from the principle that there should be pedestrian lanes within the block linking the river to the historic market through a series of connecting yard spaces and streets weaved through an impressive Victorian brick arched railway viaduct to optimise the public use and enjoyment of this special part of the City by re-purposing 8,500sqm of existing railway arches alongside 5 modern buildings.
Borough Yards has taken its materiality inspiration of articulated, playful brick from the historic architecture of the area. SPPARC have worked tirelessly to ensure the rich Victorian heritage of the arches could be celebrated by repurposing the cathedral like brick structures into exciting spaces and brought back to life with grand walkways welcoming visitors into a place where heritage and modern architecture successfully cohabit.
The project sensitively intertwines the new masonry building additions with the historic brick architecture of the site, using innovative brickwork to both subtly and boldly connect the old with the new by transforming a series of formerly disused warehouses, arches, and viaducts into highly innovative and attractive cultural, retail, restaurant, and workspace places to define the successful experiential high street of the future.