The old London Bridge station had a train shed housing nine terminating platforms and six through platforms. The project’s aim was to reverse this to be six terminating and nine through platforms which would remove the bottleneck for train services.
The station footprint is sandwiched between Tooley Street and St Thomas Street and so there was no space available to add new platforms. The only solution was to untangle the crossing points, reduce the dead-end lines and hugely increase the throughput of trains.
As is often the case, it was found that the original scheme plan was not buildable within the programme constraints. Programme deadlines were governed by major blockades of the station and so to achieve them, the following methods were introduced:
- Modular components would be used for the façade, platforms and canopies.
- Off-site fabrication would be necessary for the platforms and canopies / pile caps.
- Rebar detailing and modelling by the suppliers, based on design intents, would be produced as offsite prototypes.
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