First look at new London Bridge station


This image shows how the new London Bridge station concourse for trains to-and-from Brockley will look in about two years. This work will happen as part of the construction of the 310m-high Shard, which is currently underway (piling stage).

The bus interchange is also being redeveloped as part of the same project. The rest of the station is being redeveloped separately as part of the Thameslink programme.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

It looks so lovely when new, but then those in charge realise they can save money by not keeping the building clean.

Brockley Nick said...

In this particular case that's not really a risk as to the left of the image is the entrance to the offices (building is part office and a large chunk of the office space will be let by TfL) so there will be plenty of incentive to keep it clean, even if the interests of the typical commuter were not taken in to account.

The Cat Man said...

It looks nice, but its pretty 'samey' i.e. glass, steel and thats about it.

The existing roof on the platforms at london bridge look victorian and in comparision pretty ornate, why cant we keep them?

Brockley Nick said...

Catman, this is an image of the concourse, not the platforms.

patrick1971 said...

Nick, I can't quite see the angle of this picture; are the platforms at the rear of the picture, so you're saying that the entrance to the offices are going to be where M&S and WH Smith is now?

Brockley Nick said...

No, other way around. This view is what you will see as you pass through the ticket barriers - directly ahead is the bus station.

Brockley Jon said...

Yes, similar layout to as it is now, but altogether more light and open. I look forward to it!

Anonymous said...

looks great!

looking forward

fabhat said...

It looks so light and open - and will certainly be an improvement on what we have now.

Comment said...

It looks ok, lovely in summer/spring but on a rainy day the glass lets the gloom in.

Headhunter said...

Very nice! Here's hoping that they do actually keep it clean and not loet the pigeon poo and grime accumulate. Definite improvement on the exisiting station with the gloomy, smelly, cold entrance area where the taxis and buses park up. Hope they don't demolish the old station area, I think I read somewhere that it's the oldest main line station in London or the even the UK.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Looks exactly like the current concourse to me......except cleaner.

These images are very misleading. For example the mayor's testicle looked beautiful and shiny in CGI but the actual building is rather dull and lifeless.

Brockley Nick said...

Tm - usually renders are incredibly accurate. The gla building was supposed to be smooth-glazed all round, that's what the original renders showed, but then there was a redesign and the result is a pretty bad building, except from the front, which offers a glimpse of what the original renders showed.

Headhunter said...

I think the layout is similar or the same, except that on the left there's an entrance to an office building (the Shard?) rather than the current shut down cafes. The biggest difference is that it's all glassy and brighter, especially down at the entrance which is particularly gloomy and depressing at the moment.

Bea said...

It looks a thousand times better than the current station which is pretty gloomy right now. It'll be great to walk out of the barriers and look through to the outside world rather than face the current hoardings.

patrick1971 said...

"I think I read somewhere that [London Bridge is] the oldest main line station in London or the even the UK."

Certainly the oldest in London. The world's first regular passenger railway service was in 1835 from Deptford to Spa Road (then called "London"). Remains of the Spa Road platforms can still be seen on the approach to London Bridge; the station itself closed in, I think, 1916.

The service was swiftly extended in to what is now London Bridge in 1836 although nineteenth-century Arthur Daley types continued to sell tickets to "London", which were only valid as far as Spa Road, leading to angry passengers being decanted at a station nowhere near central London...

There's a plaque at Deptford Station commemorating this first passenger service.

Tressillian James said...

Yes - really liking this - the current concourse is dark and the heavy plastics/concrete make it look grimy. I agree with Nick that theere will be incentive from the office buildings that appear to open directly onto the concourse to keep this tidy. All in all a huge improvement.

Anonymous said...

It looks good. Only trouble is that when the ELL is extended most of the trains from Brockley won't go to London Bridge.

How about posting a picture of how Dalston and West Croydon stations will look instead? (With the appropriate number of hoddie wearing thugs outside to make it more genuine!)

Brockley Nick said...

Anon, I will do an ELL stations post at some point - Crystal Palace is going to be magnificent.

Hoxton will be nice also. Several others will be simply functional but disabled access will be better than any other equivalent line including, eventually, Brockley.

Anonymous said...

I'm really excited about it; I think it's going to add a lot first off by putting SE london "on the map".

if you are concerned about LD station, don't forget St johns as an option - vg service from there.

PS not relevant I'm afraid but jsut to let you know...Magi has some really nice stuff these days. (Or maybe it was always there but the shop was too cramped to see)

patrick1971 said...

"Only trouble is that when the ELL is extended most of the trains from Brockley won't go to London Bridge."

The ELL extension is an enhancement, not a reduction, in service. There will still be loads of trains from Brockers to London Bridge, but these will be supplemented by trains to Dalson and West Croydon.

Headhunter said...

Interesting stuff about Spa Road/"London" station. Are you a bit of a station buff? I'm a complete nerd for all that stuff about disused stations and history of train lines/the Tube in London.

Anonymous said...

www.shardlondonbridge.com has some impressive pictures and a cool fly through video that is worth watching.

teamlondonbridge.co.uk also has frequent updates on developments in the area. apparently it'll be ready for some sporting event thats happening in 2012.

Headhunter said...

Went to Shunt Lounge last night. Will be such a shame to lose it, it's such an atmospheric, if musty, art space. Watched some really, truly bizarre and some very funny performances and there were some good bands on. I recommend a visit before it shuts on 9th May, I think.

Apparently they're turning the space it occupies under the station into ANOTHER shopping centre no doubt with the usual clone stores. Perhaps they could encourage some independent shops or some kind of market to open down there?

I was talking to a couple of my Australian mates at Shunt last night, when they arrived here they were very surprised at how indentikit every high street in the UK is (and London is increasingly not much different to towns like Milton Keynes). One of them pointed out that Oxford St for example, has 2 or 3 of many of the usual names like Next, Uniqlo, Zara along its length.

I hope that if we have to have another shopping centre in place of Shunt at London Bridge someone uses some imagination, unlike the shopping space at St Pancras.

Headhunter said...

Recent comments seems to be b*ggered again....

Brockley Nick said...

No it isn't

Headhunter said...

Must have been my computer, anyway they're back now....

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