From the very start of the development process, the Joint Venture has committed to preserving the unique heritage of the site. The vast majority is being retained, enhanced and opened up for public access.
The Braithwaite Arches, the second oldest railway arches in London, will be restored and brought back into use. Historical details like the rails, setts, oculi, turntables and a hydraulic accumulator will be retained and restored to add the character of the finished development.
The historic Oriel Gateway will be renovated as an iconic entrance to the site from Shoreditch High Street. A new Signal Box will mark the eastern end of the park, inspired by the former signal box on site that was removed to facilitate the building of the Overground Line.
The Boundary wall, which still marks the edges of much of the site, will be retained and its red brick has been the inspiration for the facades of some of our proposed new buildings. Locally listed weavers’ cottages on Sclater street are being restored and being brought back into use as office space for small businesses.