The design team working on London Bridge Station in the UK – Arcadis, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff JV and architect Grimshaw, working for main contractor Costain - are celebrating the successful delivery of the second stage of the programme, with two thirds of the street level concourse and three new through track platforms opened.
One of the most complex and ambitious rail station redevelopments in the UK to date, the transformation of London Bridge Station - part of Network Rail’s Thameslink Programme - requires the team to design a safe change from six through and nine terminus platforms to nine through and six terminus, without causing major disruption to passengers.
The development also requires a considered design that will accommodate a significant increase in passenger numbers, and acknowledges the station’s iconic status as a key transport hub, both in scale and within its unique heritage location.
Having opened on Monday 29th August, the new 9,200 sq m concourse will help to ease passenger flow and includes clear visual and spatial connections to platforms and surrounding routes. The latest changes involve opening three through platforms and a significant proportion of the street level concourse with train services from Charing Cross now stopping at the station again and Canon Street services running through non-stop.
The station concourse provides a new civic space for London, connecting previously disparate areas in the north and south. The space improves access through the station and links with the newly created entrance on St Thomas Street, creating a unified station connected to neighbouring sites such as the Shard and other new developments.
The success of the ambitious redevelopment programme, which is running to schedule, is down to a complex staging process. This involves demolishing the old platforms and the arches below and then progressively reconfiguring the tracks to construct the new station in nine stages, each stage of which must come into service before the next stage can commence. Through pre-fabrication and a modular approach to construction, the design team has ensured the station remains fully operational while works take place.
Mark Middleton, Partner at Grimshaw has said, “London Bridge Station is an iconic site both within the city’s urban fabric and its busy transport network. It’s great to see passengers using the new concourse and platforms for the first time, being guided through a station that is becoming more unified and easy to navigate with each passing milestone. The team’s vision for the redevelopment is transforming the surrounding quarter, connecting communities in the north and south, and keeping London moving. We are now looking to the finish line ahead of the official opening of the station in 2018.”
Adrian Tooth, Design Director at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff added: “The last few months have seen a number of significant milestones for the design and construction teams. The move of station staff to their new accommodation in mid-May along with transfer of the full operation of the station to the new Integrated Station Control Room, opening of the Service Yard at the beginning of August and finally culminating in the opening of the new through platforms and a large proportion of the new street level concourse. This now gives the travelling public a real feel for the significant improvements to the station we have been working on over the last four years. I am very proud of the achievements of our team.”
James Dessain, Project Leader at Arcadis said: “This project offers a prime example of what can be achieved through collaboration. It was let on a collaborative basis and this ethos has continued throughout a complex design phase. This has meant that, despite a number of changes, the construction is still following the base line programme, enabling us to deliver the second stage as planned. This would not have been possible without all parties working as one, with a successful project outcome the number one priority.”
The next major stage opening will be the completion of the station in January 2018, cementing its status as a vital node in the capital’s busy transport network and continuing to be a catalyst in the regeneration of the London Bridge Quarter.