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TP Bennett’s London Bridge station revamp approved for 2018 completion

TP Bennett’s £2.5 billion project to overhaul London Bridge Station in south London is on target to complete in 2018 following an official go-ahead by government last week

The practice is currently working on the pre-application phase of the project with a view to submitting an outline planning application in Spring next year following consultation with stakeholders.

As much as £8 billion worth of investment in UK rail infrastructure has been made available to fund several schemes including the Thameslink upgrade project, Transport Minister Transport secretary Philip Hammond announced last week.

London Bridge Station’s upgrade which is part of the Thameslink project could be finished as early as 2018.

Phase one, A Renzo Piano-designed project to build a new bus station and glass roof over the station concourse is scheduled to complete in 2012. The project is funded by Sellar Group as part of section 106 agreement relating to the Shard skyscraper.

Construction of phase two is planned to start on site after the 2012 Olympics. A contract for the project’s detailed design is currently out to tender.

A previous TP Bennett and Pascall + Watson designed masterplan for the station was scrapped following changes in market conditions.

Hammond said: ‘[The] original programme for the rebuilding of London Bridge was always ambitious, with substantial risks around delivery, and operation of existing services, during construction.

‘To reduce these risks, we have re-profiled the delivery of the programme to achieve completion in 2018.

‘This will enable Network Rail to make further efficiencies to their design and delivery programme.’

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