The London Bridge Station Redevelopment Project, part of the Thameslink Programme, has transformed one of the capital’s most heavily used interchanges in a way that ensures its suitability as one of the UK’s landmark infrastructure interchanges for years to come. It’s the lynchpin of the Thameslink Programme, a programme that will transform north – south rail travel through central London. Applying a holistic approach to all aspects of the project, arguably Europe’s most multifaceted infrastructure development, Network Rail, Costain and the Costain supply chain have collaboratively ensured that not only does the project create a lasting and unquestionable legacy for the capital and surrounding areas, but that it was delivered in a way that sets a blueprint for the delivery of major complex projects. The project was, at every level, incredibly complex and was;
- Delivered in nine phases whilst maintaining the safe operation of the station (the country’s 4th busiest) and its surrounds, the train services, and ensuring continuing positive passenger and public experience within and around the station complex for the 50+ million passengers every year;
- sympathetic to its heritage – London Bridge is the oldest terminal station in London (first opened in 1836) and was originally two separate stations and thus retained the complexity and memory of the original layout;
- managed within an existing footprint surrounded by highways, hospitals, residential and commercial properties; and
- delivered in accordance with its planning conditions, two listed building consents, a Conservation Area Consent and an in-depth set of S106 obligations.