Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We use cookies to personalise your experience; learn more in our Privacy and Cookie Policy. You can opt out of some cookies by adjusting your browser settings; see the cookie policy for details. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies.

West Hampstead Thameslink Station

  • Comment

Landolt + Brown

The architect’s view

This new station for Network Rail Thameslink incorporates new ticketing, gateline and staff facilities, and is approached through a new linear public space formed by leveling a steeply sloping railway embankment and incorporating an avenue of mature lime trees. The station building comprises a steel framed, glazed envelope with a standing seam steel roof, constructed above a major new retaining wall structure built alongside the rail lines. This retaining wall also forms a key component in the new open space and is lined on its public face, with distinctive saw tooth profile, glazed bricks with graduating green colours reflecting the foliage of the lime trees above. The full length of the wall is illuminated from its parapet at night. The public space is paved in permeable reconstituted stone units, allowing for irrigation and air permeability for the tree roots, with granite kerb detailing.

  • Adam Brown, director, Landolt + Brown

Project data

Start on site: December 2010
Completion: December 2011
Gross internal area of building: c. 300m2
Form of contract: NEC contract with revisions
Total cost: undisclosed
Client: Network Rail
Structural engineer, M&E and QS: Hyder Consulting
Project manager: Network Rail Thameslink Programme
CDM coordinator: Network Rail
Approved building inspector: Network Rail projects of this type are exempt
Main contractor: Carillion
CAD software used: Microstation
Annual CO2 emissions: Not available. Naturally ventilated, unheated and uncooled building, other than small ticket office


Specified products


Glazed, sawtooth profile brickwork

Ibstock Umbra Sawtooth with bespoke coloured glaze

Brickwork subcontractor: Irvine Whitlock



Flat glazed brickwork

Ibstock standard glazed brick with bespoke colour glaze



Bespoke powder coated, pressed steel parapet and roof profiles

SD Samuels



Curtain Wall

Shuco Jansen

Bespoke, using Pilkington Suncool/Optilam glazing. Installed by Parry Bowen





External permeable paving

Charcon Stonemaster, installed by On Level



Granite tree pit kerbs

Charcon granite standard radius kerb, installed by On Level



  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.