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Plans to build above Victoria station uncovered

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Network Rail is looking at options to build a massive over-site development on top of Victoria station in London

According to Network Rail’s ‘open for business’ plan, the roof of the station is due to be refurbished. However, the AJ’s sister title New Civil Engineer understands that the rail operator is also looking at alternative options, including building a development above the station.

A source close to the project said that there would be ’opportunities in the near future’ for design teams to put forward ideas for the potential development at the station as well as proposals on how it could be built. 

WSP recently released a self-funded report titled Out of Thin Air on building over railway tracks, which includes a potential scheme to build over the tracks at the southern end of Victoria station.

The station was principally built in the 1900s with the listed Portland stone façade added in 1909. Since then it has been developed many times, with recent additions being made to update passenger facilities.

In 1980, half of the roof was removed to make way for Victoria Plaza – a multistorey office and shop complex. In 1992 the station site was ‘tidied’ and enlarged, with the two concourses becoming more integrated through a series of matching shops built through the archway of the original dividing wall.

The latest move follows the announcement that the rail operator has taken over control of Clapham Junction station with a view to building an over-site development above the station.

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WSP’s speculative Out of Thin Air proposal for buiding at Victoria Station

WSP’s speculative Out of Thin Air proposal for buiding at Victoria Station


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  • The financial incentive to cash-in on the air-rights might seem irresistible, but the likes of Birmingham New Street should serve as a dire warning and any such development should be over the approach tracks rather than the station itself.

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