New concourse is truly impressive and joyous
London Bridge Station, Southwark. Credit: Paul Raftery
Stirling Prize shortlisted, National Award, London RIBA Regional Award 2019
Grimshaw for Network Rail
Contract value: £1bn
Cost per m²: £11,587
This nationally important infrastructure project secures future connectivity from the capital to Norfolk and the South Coast, the radical works all delivered while the station remained operational. The new concourse is truly impressive and joyous. Removal of the old brick arches has created a space of significant scale to accommodate passengers. The railway lines now bridging this space are a feat of engineering. Escalators and step-free circulation move passengers to the platforms above, with natural light from the roofs illuminating the concourse below. The new Western Arcade is a sensitive commercial reuse of the Victorian railway arches. Interventions are kept to a minimum, and new arches are concrete, emphasising the difference between old and new. Permeability and local context have been much improved: large, open entrances from Tooley and St Thomas Street make the station less of a barrier between north and south Bermondsey. London Bridge sets a very high standard for future station redevelopment.
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