The first recorded frost fair on the River Thames. There were football pitches, bowling matches, fruit sellers, shoemakers, barbers... and even a pub or two.
Blackfriars Bridge opens, the first bridge across the Thames at this location was completed to pioneering designs by Robert Mylne, the Edinburgh-born engineer and architect.
The London, Chatham and Dover Railway Company contracted Joseph Cubitt and others in 1860 to design and build a new railway station to connect southern counties with the City of London – Blackfriars Bridge – which opened in 1864.
Construction is underway to restore and connect the lost intersection between the South Bank and Bankside for the first time in 150 years.
The brick arches that stood underneath the tracks were all that remained after Blackfriars Bridge and Goods Depot was demolished in 1864. The arches were closed off and deralict from this date.
The 14 grand arches will be transformed as part of the regeneration of the River Thames South Bank. And will be home to a carfeully curated set of independent restaurants, bars and retail.
Commercial building Arbor is being built with the future in mind
Bankside Yards is a place for the future, designed to deliver environmental, social and economic sustainability.
Public space in Bankside Yards
Construction waste diverted from landfill
Demolition waste diverted from landfill
Easily accessible cycle parking on-site
Higher carbon reduction than building standards
Carbon neutral operation on completion
Opportunities for the local community
Bankside Yards will deliver more than 300 affordable homes throughout Southwark and on-site. Building 8, seen here, will provide forty high-quality affordable homes designed with the elegance and attention to detail of all homes in Bankside Yards.
With more than 50,000 sq ft of space for independent retail, restaurant and amenities in the restored railway arches, and 20,000 sq ft of new cultural space, new job opportunities will be created across many different sectors. And, Bankside Yards will provide 6,400 sq ft of affordable workspace for entrepreneurs.
Native Land and construction partners Multiplex are working together to offer local employment opportunities onsite at Bankside Yards for more than 350 local residents. A mix of workplace schemes and apprenticeships are being offered to Southwark residents via local community groups. There are also construction learning programmes being offered through local schools. Visit banksideyardscommunity.co.uk for further information.