Integrating industrial archaeology
The original London Bridge station is a feat of Victorian engineering with cathedral like brick vaults supporting the station viaduct. Consideration of this complex industrial archaeology and how it could be integrated sensitively with modern station elements was fundamental to a successful design.
As the station is located in the Southwark Cathedral conservation area, the design of the above ground infrastructure was equally as important as the complex routes and spaces below ground.
Showcasing Victorian engineering
Working with English Heritage, the Royal Fine Arts Commission and Southwark Council we chose contemporary materials for the tunnel and platform surfaces that complemented the Victorian and modern engineering. Cast iron cladding panels take an old technology and update it into something modern that also references the past. They show how the construction actually works and are also more cost effective as a repetitive element manufactured off site.
Above ground, rather than designing structures that pastiche the surrounding buildings we created free standing urban sculptures to mask the vent shafts and emergency escape shafts. The sculptures have mirrored stainless steel surfaces which reflect the surrounding environment.
There is no need for elaborate graphics or sophisticated signage. They have allowed the space to speak for itself – to go with the flow
RIBA Regional Award Winner
Civic Trust Award Commendation
British Construction Industry Award Winner