Living 'underneath the arches'

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  1. telstarbox

    telstarbox Established Member

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    Are there any railway arches under working lines which have been converted to residential use, as opposed to industrial?
     
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    This is the only one I could find. Definitely unique. Converting railway arches for residential use appears to be cost prohibitive in terms of anti-noise and anti-vibration measures.

    http://www.archdaily.com/273187/archway-studios-undercurrent-architects/
     
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    It's not residential, but there's a threatre in London which is in the arches under the Blackfriars to Elephant & Castle route near Palestra. It's quite a fun place - approximately 50 seats.
     
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    There are a few people living under the arches on the approaches to salford central, and castlefield viaduct (metrolink) tho It isnt a *ahem* residential conversion!
     
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    It would appear the Kent House example is a former station masters house or signallers house or similar
     
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    [​IMG]

    Subway City was beneath the platforms at Snow Hill for years. It's under new management now. (gallery)
     
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    lots of people seem to live under railway bridges in central London. Not sure they are in a position to pay much rent mind.
     
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    When the London to Greenwich line was first built, it was hoped that the arches of the long viaduct would be used for residential purposes. That was 180 years or so back, and the idea has never caught on, even with the constant need in London for more housing.
     
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    The Labour Club in Whitstable used to be under a railway arch. The telly would go fuzzy every time a train went over and also your game of pool could drastically alter after the table got a shaking from passing trains. Some people may have stopped there overnight but after an evening there you could understand why arches with trains running overhead would not be suitable for residential purposes. I think it's a restaurant these days.
     
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    On a slight tangent to the OP, more a question about living over the railway .....

    Passing through Wembley Central on the WCML, there is a 1960s-era block of flats which looks like it is built directly above the station.
    Is this residential, or some kind of office block?
    And is it built directly above the railway lines or am I mistaken?
     
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    Is 'My Little Tea Shop' still open in its little arch on Tooley St under London Bridge? Or have the works finished it off?
     
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    There's also the Southwark Arches Nandos nestled between Palestra and the railway viaduct, with much of the seating within the arch. I was a regular when I worked there, can't say I ever heard or felt the trains passing above!
     
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    There's a house directly above one of the portals of Clayton Tunnel on the Brighton line isn't there?
     
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    It was there recently, it's further up Duke St Hill (past Tooley St) than the main building works so should escape. I'll be going past today so will check.
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    Yep, still there, well away from the action under the station itself.
     
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    Of course Time Team went looking for (and found) this one at Blaenavon but as the top of it is now 15m underground the houses will probably be a tad damp and dark,

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