The Surrey Canal Greenway

Extract of masterplan.

3D image of how the Surrey Canal Greenway could look.

Extract of extruded plan.

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The Surrey Canal Greenway

Reinstating Bermondsey's lost waterway

In 1971, the Grand Surrey Canal was drained and filled by the Port of London Authority, a move that was labeled by Southwark Council at the time as ‘premature and prejudicial to planning’. 

But as London seeks to reinvent itself in response to a wide range of serious environmental, social and economic challenges, it’s time to resurrect this lost, and invaluable amenity to create a new cultural landmark. This project proposes reinventing the Grand Surrey Canal as a strategic spine of green infrastructure that would transform Bermondsey and act as catalyst for holistic urban regeneration.

It suggests reconnecting Burgess Park and the new Surrey Canal housing development through a series of multifunctional green assets that would evolve around the reinstated Canal.

The intersection of the Canal with the Old Kent Road also presents an opportunity to create a new public realm incorporating a new tube station on the planned Bakerloo Line extension and a modern interpretation of the lost Canal Bridge.

The canal route bisects the decaying gas works site at this point and could bring social, industrial and recreational opportunities by exploiting the history of the area and its connections to the Thames and beyond.


- Bio-diversity
- Creating new parks
- Lost rivers of London



Surrey Canal

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HLM Architects

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