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SPPARC completes Borough Yards shopping district in London

A brick-lined arcade has been inserted beneath an existing railway viaduct at the Borough Yards shopping and dining district in south London designed by local architecture studio SPPARC.


Set to open in Spring 2022, the social, cultural and shopping hub created by SPPARC with real estate company MARK has transformed an area between Borough Market and the River Thames.

Brick buildings at London's Borough Yards
SPPARC has completed Borough Yards in south London

The mixed-use development incorporates existing buildings alongside newly constructed spaces that reflect the surrounding Victorian architecture, set in the shadows of Southwark Cathedral and The Shard by Renzo Piano.

SPPARC’s masterplan revives the area’s medieval street pattern and includes 8,500 square metres of existing railway arches, which are repurposed to accommodate double-height retail units.

A brick-lined arcade
The shopping and dining district incorporates a brick-lined arcade

“At Borough Yards, retailers have a unique opportunity to build unforgettable flagship experiences in beautiful, raw-brick, cathedral-scale spaces,” explained SPPARC’s principal architect Trevor Morriss.

“These splendid industrial structures weave and stitch history and heritage together with contemporary architecture.”

Brick building in south London
New buildings on the site are designed to reference surrounding historic architecture

Exterior images by photographer Ed Reeve show how the new interventions utilise brick construction to reference the site’s historic architecture.

Several disused arches situated beneath an existing railway viaduct have been transformed into an arcade that leads south from Clink Street.

The arcade connects the two ends of the new district and is lined on either side with commercial units. Shops and restaurants will occupy the arches, which feature large windows set within black metal frames that nod to the area’s industrial heritage.

SPPARC was able to retain the facades of several former warehouses, which are incorporated into two new six-storey office buildings operated by The Office Group.

Borough Yards cinema
There is a public square with a cinema

“Inspired by Victorian terraces bounding its Stoney Street site, the long elevation of the largest new building incorporates a series of folds that respond to the rhythm of the townscape whilst reaffirming the re-emergence of the location,” SPPARC added.

The first section of Borough Yards, named Soap Yard, opened in December 2021 and includes a 185-square-metre Paul Smith store.

Brick building at Borough Yards
Brick buildings feature throughout the development

A new public square connects the store on the corner of Stoney Street with the neighbourhood’s first-ever cinema, Everyman Borough Yards. A neon artwork by FRA Creative illuminates the square and guides visitors towards the arcade.

SPPARC is an architecture studio founded in 2006 by Trevor Morriss. Elsewhere in London, the studio is currently developing a museum surrounding the Golden Hinde – a full-size replica of the of Francis Drake’s Golden Hind galleon.

The photography is by Ed Reeve.

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