Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has approved the £1billion extension of London Underground’s Northern Line, which includes two new Grimshaw-designed stations.
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The architect was appointed to the scheme, which is the key transport spine of the regeneration of a swathe of Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea, in August.
The practice is currently drawing up designs for all the station work, including the platforms and over-site developments, in partnership with engineer Mott MacDonald.
However, the scheme’s ultimate go-ahead was contingent on government approval, which has been announced today (November 12).
Lambeth Council leader Lib Peck welcomed the go-ahead for the project, which will take in both her borough and neighbouring Wandsworth.
‘This major infrastructure is vital to Vauxhall’s regeneration and the opportunities that’s bringing for local people,’ she said.
‘Good transport links like the proposed new Nine Elms tube station are critical to the transformation of Vauxhall, creating a vibrant town centre with a proper high street and making the desperately needed safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists around the gyratory.’
The Northern Line extension will spur off from the line’s existing path, taking in a stop at Nine Elms before terminating at Battersea.
Work is expected to start next year for completion by 2020.
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Grimshaw team picked for £1bn Northern Line job
Grimshaw has won the race to design the huge £1billion Northern Line extension, including new underground stations at Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms
The practice, which is already working on the massive HS2 and Crossrail projects, is part of the Ferrovial/Laing O’Rourke joint venture which has been named preferred bidder for the six-year contract.
It is understood Grimshaw, which increased its turnover by 44 per cent to £24 million according to its latest trading figures (AJ 07.01.14), will need to take on about 40 extra staff by the start of next year to handle the job.
Grimshaw and engineer Mott MacDonald are drawing up designs for all the station work, including the platforms and over-site developments.
The team beat three other rivals: Bam Nuttall and Balfour Beatty with CH2M Hill (formerly known as Halcrow), Buro Happold and Acanthus Architects LW; Bechtel and Strabag with Arup; and Costain, Dragados and Sir Robert McAlpine with Atkins and Weston Williamson.
The proposed start of construction for the Northern line extension is spring 2015. Subject to funding and permission to build and operate the extension, the new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea could be open by 2020.
According to TFL, the extension will kick-start regeneration in the Nine Elms area, where Kieran Timberlake is currently overseeing the construction of the new US Embassy (pictured below), and ‘provide major transport benefits’.
Grimshaw’s appointment is subject to a 10-day standstill period. The practice refused to comment.
The news of Grimshaw’s victory emerged as work began on dismantling Battersea Power Station’s four iconic chimneys, with the first to be taken down on the south west corner of the Grade II-listed landmark.
The 101m chimney is being demolished from the top downwards using a circular rig which ‘munches’ its way down the tower, collecting the debris and enabling it to either be re-used or conserved as part of the development’s legacy programme.
It is expected it will take five months to take apart the first chimney. Once the rebuilding process begins the chimneys will be rebuilt from the base up in 1.2m stages, using concrete and reinforcement.