Awards for arches keep on coming

By Natalie Vincent

London's largest legal street art tunnel has received further recognition for public space innovation, following its commendation at the New London Architecture Awards this summer.

Leake Street Arches in Waterloo took home the Placemaking Award at the first-ever London Infrastructure Awards in September, which recognises public realm improvements and contributions to area regeneration.

Forming part of the wider works taking place in Waterloo led by London and Continental Railways (LCR), the 2,323sq m arches project under the station opened in July 2018 and is located next to the Graffiti Tunnel, made famous by street artist Banksy’s Cans Festival in 2008. They were brought back to life to provide a curated collection of independent restaurants and bars and making its name as a “democratic cultural venue for street art”.

Adrian Lee, development director at developer LCR, said: “These awards acknowledge projects that have helped make London the best city in the world to do business. We are thrilled to get such recognition amongst great company”.