Design consultant appointed to redevelop London Bridge Station

The redevelopment of London Bridge as part of the Thameslink project seems to be secure, following the appointment of a design consultant to lead the project. World Architecture News says:


WSP has been appointed as the lead design consultant for the redevelopment of London Bridge Station, the cornerstone of the Thameslink improvement project. WSP has involved Mace [builders of the Shard], international architects Grimshaw and retail architects Chapman Taylor, to provide the expertise to blend the station operations into the neighbouring environment.

The challenge the team faces is to develop a world class design which incorporates the required increased track capacity, from six to nine through platforms, whilst keeping the station operating safely and with minimum disruption to passengers.

13 comments:

Matt-z said...

Good news! Although it does mean the imminent closure of Drome/SE1/Debut nightclub under the arches to make way for the new street level concourse.

Anonymous said...

The viaduct currently being built only seems wide enough to carry one extra track?

If the number of tracks near Waterloo East isn't increased won't the current bottleneck just be pushed nearer Waterloo East?

Matt-Z said...

It'll take two tracks. The scheme allows for three dedicated pairs of tracks from London Bridge to Canon Street, Blackfriars and Waterloo East /Charing Cross. The current bottleneck problem is trains from different branches needing to cross each other and in the case of Charing Cross/Blackfriars sharing the same track. This will be eliminated.

patrick1971 said...

A bit worrying that they don't already have a design...what will this design consultant actually be doing?

Monkeyboy said...

Contracts like this can be organised in a million different ways. Not at all unusual for a high level design to be awarded to another party to develope as the project moves on. If you want some bedtime reading, check out RIBA design stages, NEC forms of contract and NRs GRIP process.

Or Danja can explain in 100 words or less....

Anonymous said...

Hooray, a shopping mall with trains!

Anonymous said...

trains, stations, big buildings

oooh.... I've just come

Brockley Nick said...

There are already designs, but you need a designer on the project throughout the life of the development.

@Anon1200 - yup, because buying things and getting to places are two useful things to be able to do.

Danja said...

And anyway, the malls are going to help pay for the station.

Has spurty anon been to St Pancras?

Anonymous said...

But it won't be useful things to buy, will it? It'll be the usual mid-market dross

MTTM said...

Oh I am sure you will get an M&S Simply Food and a Delice de France.

Lou Baker said...

Imagine how bad your retail experience would be if the nitwits who run Southern and South Eastern were allowed to run the station shops too.

Oh ...and FYI ... there will probably no trains again tomorrow because there might be a bit of snow tonight.

Monkeyboy said...

I expect they'll lease the tenacies like any other commercial space? I s there a problem with that? Helps pay for the infastructure, we could pay more tax I s'pose

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