Client: Network Rail
Description: Scenic lift, steel and glazing, and architectural metalwork
When one of London’s most iconic and busiest train stations underwent a huge transformation to modernise, create new platforms and enhance its design, Architectural metalwork specialists PAD Contracts were the preferred choice for a range of Architectural metalwork solutions.
Situated in the heart of London, in Southwark, London Bridge station occupies a large area on three levels immediately south-east of London Bridge, from which it takes its name. The main line station is the oldest railway station in zone one and one of the oldest in the world having opened in 1836.
To accommodate a recent surge in passenger numbers, with that figure expected to rise over the coming years, the station was designed to maximise existing space, create a new concourse and enhance the flow of passengers within the station.
The new spacious street level concourse enables all passengers to access all the platforms from one place with new entrances and exits aiding passenger movement in and out of the station.
With their wealth of experience in providing high quality Architectural metalwork installations PAD Contracts were selected for a range of projects. This included the manufacture and installation of structural steel framework and glazing for seven scenic passenger lifts.
The lifts provide much needed multi floor access and can be found throughout the station at key positions. Each lift is fully wrapped in structural glass panels, on all sides and from floor to ceiling upon each level. Each of the seven lifts provided PAD Contracts with logistical and installation issues to overcome, due to the size of panels, tight operating spaces and a lack of headroom in the station for traditional lifting and installation.
PAD’s experience of working in confined spaces, on large, time sensitive projects served them well at London Bridge Station. At the peak of the project PAD Contracts had over 100 site-based personnel engaged in the development of the station, during periods of a station blockade to accelerate the installation to avoid passenger disruption.
PAD Contracts also manufactured and installed beautiful stainless-steel staircase railings and a number of stainless-steel trims and trolley rails within the station. In addition, glazed balustrading featuring bomb blast resistance glass was installed to partition areas within the station. All designed, manufactured and installed by PAD Contracts.
London Bridge station was officially reopened by HRH Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, on Wednesday 9 May 2018.