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Grimshaw's huge London Bridge station overhaul approved

Southwark Council has given the go ahead to the massive redevelopment of London Bridge Station designed by Grimshaw

The scheme, which includes a completely new platform layout and the creation of Britain’s largest station concourse, is being billed as ‘the cornerstone of the £6 billion Thameslink improvement project’.

New entrances are proposed on Tooley Street and St Thomas Street as part of the phased proejct which will complete in 2018.

Initial ‘non-disruptive preparatory work’ is expected to start next year and the station will remain operational throughout the redevelopment.

Grimshaw, which replaced original architect TP Bennett earlier this year (see below) is part of a team led by WSP and featuring retail specialists Chapman Taylor.

David Higgins, Network Rail’s chief exectutive, said: ‘London Bridge is one of the busiest stations in the country and this investment is vital for passengers who want more space, less congestion and better services.
‘Our proposals will breathe life back into London’s oldest rail terminus and help build on the programme of regeneration along the South Bank and Bankside.

He addd: ‘It will provide a focal point for the local communities it serves as well as the tens of millions of passengers who use it every year.
‘We are grateful for the support we’ve received and will continue to work closely with our partners and the local authority to deliver the project efficiently and
considerately over the coming years.’

Grimshaw's proposed redevelopment of London Bridge station - St Thomas Street

Grimshaw’s proposed redevelopment of London Bridge station - St Thomas Street

Southwark Council planning committee passed a resolution to grant planning permission on 20 December 2011. Formal planning consent is expected early in 2012 following the agreement of legal obligations

Previous story (AJ 21.01.2011)

TP Bennett out, Grimshaw in at London Bridge station

Waterloo-station architect Grimshaw has taken over from TP Bennett on the redevelopment of the new London Bridge Station.

The practice is part of a team, led by WSP and featuring retail specialists Chapman Taylor, which has landed the stage 4 design phase of the scheme - billed as ‘the cornerstone of the Thameslink improvement project’.

TP Bennett had worked on the site for more than a decade, winning detailed for a new major station in 2000, but lost out to the WSP consortium ‘on commercial grounds’.

Chris Bennie, the principal director responsible for the London Bridge scheme at TP bennett, said: ‘We take comfort in the knowledge that this development of the design by others will be taking forward the sweeping ambition of our reference design which creates a dramatic new concourse between Tooley Street and St Thomas Street, allowing passengers access via escalators, lifts and stairs directly up to the platforms, while also demolishing all the jumbled superstructure of the existing station and repositioning every track and platform to optimum effect’.

Work is due to start on the £2.5 billion overhaul, featuring the largest concourse in the UK, after the Olympic Games in 2012.

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