Bishopsgate Goodsyard


In the heart of the City, Bishopsgate was Britain’s first major railway building, a vast and dramatic arched structure once a bustling complex of underground sidings.  By 1998 this historic site had been derelict for 30 years, but in just 18 months USM’s interim mixed-use scheme brought it back to vigorous life, creating workshops and studios, cafés, commercial premises, leisure and sporting facilities, swimming pool, gym, corporate entertainment complex  -  even an underground orchard. The site has since closed for the construction of the East London Line.

Key Facts

Project dates 1998 - 2001
Uses Shops, offices, restaurants, gymnasium, swimming pool, entertainments venue
Area 430,557sq.ft with 36,000sq.ft of business space
Jobs created 100
Investment £1 million
Major initial tenants Market Sports, Future Fibres, Planit Events, Go-Karting
Highlights Market Sports Day, Visit by HRH Prince Charles, Designers Block, Hidden Arts
Partnerships Spacia, Cityside Regeneration, City Fringe Partnership, Government Office for London, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Market Sports, Planit Events

A great new community use for a long derelict space

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