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RKG unveils Waterloo station balcony proposal

Robinson Kenning and Gallagher Architects (RKG) has released this image of its proposed first-floor balcony at the UK’s busiest rail terminus – Waterloo station in south London

The 220 metre-long structure is part of a bid to reduce overcrowding at the station which handles 88 million train journeys each year.

Shops and food outlets will be cleared off the main concourse and relocated to the balcony. The project makes use of close to 1,900m² of first-floor former office space.

Architecture minister John Penrose in September turned down an English Heritage bid to list parts of the station. It is claimed the project will complement features such as the Grade II-listed James Robb Scott-designed Victory Arch.

Richard O’Brien, Network Rail’s route director for Wessex, said: ‘Rising passenger numbers means the industry has to look hard at congestion and overcrowding, both on trains and at stations, to enable a larger number of people to make journeys by train.

‘By creating this new balcony we can give people more space to move around the concourse as well as providing the convenient and wide-ranging retail facilities and eateries that people want at busy mainline stations.’

Spurred on by the success of Arup’s St Pancras International station in north London, the project is part of Network Rails plan to create 7,000m² worth of new retail space at stations.

The project is aiming for completion in 2012.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Wholesale destruction of a quality brick facade in the dubious interests of selling tat to travelers. How many are going to be bothered to climb the stairs to these retail outlets? Why not form an internal corridor to preserve the facade. This is absolute rubbish and doesn't deserve the name "architecture!"

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  • Wow, I really like the modern touch, just what every major London Station needs. I commute everyday using the escalators from the concourse up to Waterloo East and if the new balcony escalators link through to Waterloo East this could really ease congestion. Look forward to see more visuals.

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