Linking old and new
Transport projects usually require stations to remain fully functioning during construction, and this was no exception. A new escalator barrel needed to be built between platform tunnels and immediately underneath an existing escalator without disrupting operation.
The Bakerloo Line Link represents a transition from the new Elizabeth line to the old Bakerloo Line and needed to blend the new and the old; the modern feel of the Elizabeth line and the existing station’s heritage.
Moving people more easily
The reference design which routed passengers to one end of the Bakerloo Line platform was both costly and inconvenient
We designed a shorter alternative route and worked collaboratively with London Underground, to understand their current escalator upgrade programme and to minimise additional station disruption and impact on the public.
We used BIM models from the start to coordinate, check and gain approval for the design; to assess the challenging geometry and ensure tight tolerances could be achieved on site.
Vitreous enamel cladding was patterned to reflect the heritage of the original Brunel ironwork. We have used this motif throughout our work at Paddington station providing distinct unity to the new additions to the station.
The result provides a crisp and cost efficient passenger experience providing a step-free interchange between the Elizabeth Line and London Underground networks.