A selection of the products specified for Landolt + Brown’s West Hampstead Thameslink Station
Masonry materials were selected in areas immediately adjacent to the new embankment retaining wall to reinforce the robust engineering character of this structure. Glazed brick, with its strong railway heritage, was selected for the primary public faces, incorporating an unconventional saw tooth profile to create character and a complex surface geometry. The graduating colours were taken from the foliage of the lime trees immediately overhead. Materials for the steel-framed concourse building are more lightweight in character, comprising steel framed glazing, aluminium standing seam cladding and ceramic tiling.
- Adam Brown, director, Landolt + Brown
External sawtooth-profiled glazed brick
Umbra Sawtooth profile bricks by Ibstock with glazed visible surfaces were selected to provide a complex and reflective texture and a robust surface finish to the external wall. Hand-made specials were used to resolve corner conditions.
Internal glazed brick
Within the concourse building, the retaining wall is faced in flat glazed brick matching the colour of the adjacent external wall surface, reinforcing the extension of this major structure along the full length of the site.
Back painted Optiwhite glass using Pilkington’s Cactus Green colour, set within a steel Shuco Jansen powder coated glazing system was selected for the cladding enclosing ticketing and support accommodation on the main building elevation, resonating with the dark green brickwork at the far end of the external retaining wall.
Pilkington’s Suncool/Optilam double glazing panels were used extensively to enclose the concourse to provide maximum daylight penetration and transparency with minimal solar gain and heat loss, obviating the need for heating or cooling.
Charcon’s Stonemaster reconstituted stone paving on sand bedding was laid on free draining aggregate and a root protection membrane to maximise irrigation and minimise the impact of construction on the avenue of retained mature lime trees.
Kerb and tree pit edges
Charcon’s standard radius, natural granite curb stones were used end-to-end to create circular tree pit borders without the need for bespoke stonework. The same material used in straight modules was used for kerb junctions.
Ceramic floor tiling
Waxman Lifestone flooring was specified for the concourse due to its excellent slip resistance, robustness and shallow bedding depth required to reconcile conflicting floor levels across the site.
Internal wall tiling
Waxman Halcyon horizontal wall tiling with a strong horizontal emphasis was selected for the primary wall surface of the ticket office and staff accommodation pods.