Why Blackstone needs to be the new guardian of the arches

COMMENT: There is a rich tradition associated with the UK’s railway arches. Unfortunately, I am one of the many tenants “overlooked” by the Department for Transport when it sold Network Rail’s property portfolios, as concluded by the National Audit Office.

Since few would live beneath an arch by choice, they have long been the kinds of informal spaces enthusiastically taken up by businesses priced out of the local area.

For decades, an eclectic sweep of commercial and non-commercial enterprises, from artists’ studios to boxing gyms, have flourished, imbuing their surrounding areas