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Grimshaw’s London Bridge station revamp opens

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The second phase Grimshaw’s revamp of London Bridge train station has opened to the public

ARCHITECT’S VIEW • ENGINEER’S VIEW • PROJECT DATA

The latest phase sees two thirds of the station’s street level concourse and thee new platform tracks completed.

The project – one of the UK’s largest rail station redevelopments – will change the station’s six through and nine terminus platforms to nine through and six terminus. 

The new 9,200m2 concourse provides a new civic space, connecting previously disparate areas in the north and south and linking to the new entrance on St Thomas Street. 

The rest of the station is set to complete in January 2018. 

Architect’s view 

The success of the ambitious redevelopment programme, which is running to schedule, is down to a complex staging process. This involves demolishing the old platforms and the arches below and then progressively reconfiguring the tracks to construct the new station in nine stages, each stage of which must come into service before the next stage can commence. Through pre-fabrication and a modular approach to construction, the design team has ensured the station remains fully operational while works take place.

London Bridge Station is an iconic site both within the city’s urban fabric and its busy transport network. It’s great to see passengers using the new concourse and platforms for the first time, being guided through a station that is becoming more unified and easy to navigate with each passing milestone. The team’s vision for the redevelopment is transforming the surrounding quarter, connecting communities in the north and south, and keeping London moving. We are now looking to the finish line ahead of the official opening of the station in 2018.

London Bridge Station

London Bridge Station

Source: Rick Roxburgh

Engineer’s view

The last few months have seen a number of significant milestones for the design and construction teams. The move of station staff to their new accommodation in mid-May along with transfer of the full operation of the station to the new Integrated Station Control Room, opening of the Service Yard at the beginning of August and finally culminating in the opening of the new through platforms and a large proportion of the new street level concourse. This now gives the travelling public a real feel for the significant improvements to the station we have been working on over the last 4 years. I am very proud of the achievements of our team.

London Bridge Station

London Bridge Station

Source: Rick Roxburgh

Project data

Location London 
Type of project train station
Client Network Rail
Architect Grimshaw
Project manager Arcadis
Engineer WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff JV
Main contractor Costain
Completion date August 2016 (street level concourse and through platforms) January 2018 (full station)
Gross internal floor area 9,200m2 (concourse) 

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Readers' comments (3)

  • You can feel your head shrinking into your shoulders looking at the dark oppressive ceilings pressing down on the concourse.

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  • The platforms are too narrow and are easily overcrowded, which will be an insoluble problem

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  • The station is aesthetically pleasing but a very impractical and almost nightmarish experience for the peak time commuter. To change a platform the commuter needs to go down 20-30m on the escalators and up again. Also loads of usable space has been lost in the platforms due to the massive gaps that can be seen in the pictures. A very unsatisfactory station almost dangerous I would say. Long gone is the direct exit to street level without having to use an escalator.

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