World Architecture Festival 2016
London Bridge Redevelopment
The new London Bridge railway station has opened two thirds of its new concourse over this August Bank Holiday and will be larger than Wembley Stadium when completed in 2018.
Since 2011, Grimshaw architects and engineers WSP | Parson Brinckerhoff have been leading this project to develop the fourth busiest station in the country to allow access to all platforms from one level. With optimised access to daylight and natural ventilation in order to the concourse and platforms, the project has been awarded the highest ever CEEQUAL sustainability score of 96.9%.
Part of this redevelopment will also use materials in a sustainable way, demolishing bricks and concrete on site to re-use where possible, as shown in the time-lapse video by National Rail.
This redevelopment will open up two new entrances at Tooley Street and St Thomas Street, allowing over 56 million passengers to access the station each year and increasing capacity by 65%. The scheme will also include a new concourse designed by Pascall & Watson and sub-contractor Renzo Piano, alongside improvements at the base of the Shard.
Beneath the platform, cedar wood has been used to damped the noise from trains, whilst additionally providing relief from the dullness of grey concrete. The station will feature 24 new escalators and 70 new retail stores, spreading passengers across the entire concourse to avoid congestion between arrivals and departures.
Trains from Charing Cross have now resumed services, however Canon Street services will be closed until the project is compete in 2018.
Summer 2011 – Planning application submitted
Autumn 2011 – Planning permission granted by London Borough of Southwark
Winter 2011 – Major construction on bus station underway
Summer 2012 – New station concourse (part of The Shard development) and new bus station completed
Winter 2012 – Preparation work on the station started
Spring 2013 – Complete redevelopment of London Bridge station started
Spring 2014 – First new platform opened
January 2015 – August 2016 – Charing Cross services are not stopping at London Bridge
January 2015 – 2018 – Cross-London Thameslink trains are not stopping at London Bridge
August 2016 – January 2018 – Cannon Street services will not stop at London Bridge
Spring 2018 – Station redevelopment complete
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