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RIBA Stirling Prize 2019 shortlist announced

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As an occasional user of London Bridge Station I acknowledge that the remodeling of the station is an attractive and very welcome improvement. However it is spoiled by having island canopies rather than an overall glazed canopy over the platforms and tracks. In the winter the platforms are very exposed to cold winds and rain principally because the tracks and platforms are elevated. However this is made worse by the substantial open areas over the tracks, and the canopies being unduly high and not extending to the platform edges (let alone overhanging them). This is even worse where parts of the canopies have (currently fashionable) wavy roofs which rise up, increasing the exposure to the elements still further. The concourse areas below the platforms and tracks are attractive and spacious, and the the pedestrian circulation well thought out and well connected to the rest of the station and tube lines. However the unpleasant exposure of the platforms is a major deficiency of the project in my view which should be sufficient to prevent it from being awarded the Stirling Prize on this occasion. If the canopies are strong enough and the silly wavy bits were replaced with level parts however, and it was possible to install lightweight glazing over the tracks, spanning between the canopy edges, then the project WOULD, in my opinion, be worthy of the prize in a future year.

Posted date

19 July, 2019

Posted time

5:24 pm

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