The London Olympics provided a major opportunity to regenerate a number of areas of East London through improved connections with the wider transport network. The seven new station sites were all distinct in their locations and requirements and required designs that would work with the growth predicted for the areas and be suitable for the opening level of users.
In addition, the sites were located in urban areas, some with existing transport infrastructure that need to be integrated into the DLR. Working with the complex geometries of the DLR demanded some very creative thinking.
Centre stage in area regeneration
The importance of maximising natural light is reflected in all the station designs.
At Star Lane the station features a new expressive pedestrian bridge that connects it to the surrounding communities. Its design brings light into the platform through a glazed canopy, providing a welcoming space for waiting passengers.
We worked with artists to create a graphic design of pattern, colour and form that could be integrated into the glass screens. These artworks elevate the design of the stations, placing them centre stage in the area’s regeneration.
All our stations opened a year ahead of the Olympics.