Plans submitted for railway arch nightclub at Fenchurch St. Station

24th August 2023 | Jack Oliver

The Arch Company has submitted plans for a nightclub and music venue in a pair of disused railway arches underneath Fenchurch Street Railway Station.

Documents delivered to the City of London Corporation by planning consultancy Rapleys look to secure a change of use for Arches 9A and 9B along with a number of refurbishments.

Spanning two storeys, the site’s 1,776 sq ft ground floor was previously occupied by a Ladbrokes betting shop, whilst the 3,832 sq ft upper floor has been mothballed and is in a state of disrepair.

The units face on to Crutched Friars, a street home to the Munich Cricket Club Bierkeller and the Cheshire Cheese pubs, both also in former railway arches.

The site’s landlord is currently undertaking works at the property, and the end user is not known as of yet. As a result, Rapleys said the space created has been kept as flexible as possible.

Abraham Laker, associate partner at Rapleys, said the development will “revitalise” the area and “contribute to flexible and adaptable employment floorspace” within the location.

Having acquired Network Rail’s former commercial estate business in 2019, The Arch Company is now one of the largest providers of space to small and medium-sized businesses in the UK. Of the company’s 5000-plus properties, over half are based in former railway arches.

The Arch Company is joint-owned by Blackstone and Telereal Trillium.


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