Balancing brand identity + local character
When designing new stations on existing networks, there needs to be a balance between adhering to the overall brand identity and reflecting the local context. Common prefabricated elements can provide value for money and cohesiveness but, the personality of the area and its aspirations also needs to be integrated into the design.
The four new stations on the DLR extension had very distinct locations - from Pontoon Dock sitting alongside the Thames Barrier Park and part of a wider area masterplan, to London City Airport, which needed to provide a seamless link from the station to the airport.
Timeless designs fit for the future
The Docklands Light Railway is a key component of London’s infrastructure and its expansion continues to support the City’s growth. The extension of the line from Canning Town to London City Airport created direct links to the City and opened the airport up to new users. Building on our DLR Design Guide we were able to develop unique solutions that were sympathetic to the individual surroundings while still maintaining the coherent feel of the overall network.
At London City we designed a fully enclosed station with a glazed walkway direct to the airport. Passengers have a seamless journey via escalators and lifts; the glass roof to the station and platforms allows natural light to filter in, creating a pleasant environment and a great start to a journey. Our timeless designs for all four stations incorporated many elements of the DLR Design Guide and developed them further, integrating them with the urban fabric and enabling them to develop with their surroundings in the future.