London Bridge station receives royal opening

London Bridge station, sitting at the heart of London’s public transport network, was opened earlier this year by His Royal Highness Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge following a five year, £1 billion process that saw the station remain operational even as it was in the midst of its major redevelopment.

The station is a major piece of the government’s efforts to better connect the north and south of the city, and has proven to be a catalysing factor for regeneration of the surrounding London Bridge Quarter. The Duke of Cambridge toured the station’s new platforms and concourse, and received a thorough breakdown of the process and reasoning behind the station’s new look and function from Grimshaw’s Mark Middleton, who led the design of the project.

London Bridge station is a transformational project for passengers and local communities. It now links two previously severed communities through new civic spaces which include the grand new concourse; the station’s permeability is also improved with two new entrances on Tooley Street and St Thomas Street.

Compelling design features are a core component of the new station. Elegant curves are integral to the station’s design and respond to the track geometry and curvature of the site.  All 15 platforms have been rebuilt to be covered by a striking undulating canopy of steel and aluminium. It is the only station in the UK with full length canopies on every platform.

The centrepiece of London Bridge station is the concourse which is nearly 80m wide. There is also an expansive central space at the heart of the concourse which deals with the level changes across the site. The large span of this space was achieved by using a longitudinal V-column to support a 5m deep vierendeel truss, and this allowed for glazing between the vertical members to form the rooflights above.

Since its opening by the Prince, the station redevelopment has won a plethora of awards including the overall prize from the New London Awards 2018, and it continues to be nominated as a significant development at other awards such as the World Architecture Festival, this year hosted in Amsterdam.