How can we help?

Thanks for getting in touch!


Please get in touch if you’d like to know more about us and how we work with our clients, consultants and colleagues.

One of our team will be in touch as soon as possible.

Something's wrong. Please try it again.

Privacy & Cookies

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how Weston Williamson + Partners uses and protects any information that you give us when you use this website. We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement. We may change this policy from time to time by updating this page; please check back from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from May 1 2018.

What we collect

  • Contact information including email address
  • Anonymous website analytics statistics

What we do with the information we gather

  • Internal record keeping
  • We may use the information to improve our products and services


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, please note that we do not have any control other websites and cannot be held responsible for the protection of any information you provide whilst visiting any third party site.

Controlling your personal information

  • You may request details of, or deletion of, personal information which we hold about you under the General Data Protection Regulation 2018. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please telephone the studio on +44 (0) 20 7401 8877



In order for this site to work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file saved on your computer or mobile device by a website when you visit The cookie enables the website to remember your actions and preferences such as login, language, font size and other display preferences to keep you from having to reenter them on every visit to the website or when browsing from page to page.

How do we use cookies?

A number of the pages on our website use cookies to remember:

Your display preferences, such as contrast and color settings or font size Whether or not you have already replied to a survey popup that asks you if the content was helpful or not so that you won’t be asked over and over again Whether or not you have agreed to our use of cookies on this site In addition some embedded videos in our pages use a cookie to anonymously gather statistics on how you got there and what videos you viewed. Although enabling these cookies is not strictly necessary for the website to work, it will provide you with a better browsing experience. Cookies can be deleted or blocked, but some features of this site may not work as intended should you do so. The cookie-related information is not used to identify you personally and the pattern data is fully under our control. The cookies on this website are not used for any purpose other than those described here.

How to control cookies

You can block and/or delete cookies as you wish using your browser settings.You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set your browser to prevent them from being placed. By doing this you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit and some services and functionalities may not work.

Bakerloo Line Extension - extending the Polycentric City

Chris Williamson

When Chris was asked to work with Andrew Weston for group projects at Leicester School of Architecture (for no other reason than they were next to each other alphabetically) he discovered that their skills dovetailed perfectly. Their shared ambition made for a perfect business partnership.

At Dubai Cityscape I gave a presentation promoting the advantages of Polycentric Cities citing London as an example. London was formed from small distinct communities such as Chelsea, Dalston, Hampstead and Brixton, which have grown together into a fantastic world city. The extensive underground rail system has helped enormously bind the city together but even now there are distinct communities.

In Fulham it is possible to meet characters you would not find in Shoreditch and vice versa. And now London is reinventing itself as a polycentric city giving people more choice of where to live work and relax. It started with the Jubilee Line Extension moving the city eastwards and creating new centres including Canary Wharf and Greenwich. It has continued with the East London Line, which for a modest outlay has regenerated and has transformed whole communities in Hackney. Crossrail has supplied the next wave of impetus eastwards whilst at the same time capturing private finance to contribute 30% of the cost of the infrastructure provision.

Picking up the morning papers in Singapore and elsewhere it is apparent that the new residential developments marketed on the back

of proximity to the new Crossrail stations are attractive as foreign investment at the expense of local affordability. This is a concern shared by many other international cities and requires discriminatory legislation, which governments seem reluctant to implement. We need the inward investment but also need to ensure we build affordable housing in the quantity and quality for London’s growing population. Progressive boroughs such as Barking and Dagenham, traditionally one of the poorest, most deprived parts of London, are showing how this is possible with an innovative public private partnership with well defined ambitions, again on the back of improved infrastructure provision. Southwark’s Elephant and Castle regeneration is another example.

The tube binds and defines the city. It helps form a tolerant collective community. It is reassuring to see different races, religions and social classes all respectfully going about their daily lives together. No first class carriages, no social or gender divide. This sense of community cannot be replicated. Private cars are by nature insular and divisive. Having worked on the design of over 30 London stations over the past 35 years WW+P has great experience in infrastructure projects at many levels and has helped contribute to make London a modern world city whose attractiveness is defined as much by how we travel as our culture, entertainment, commercial and shopping opportunities. London is a city which is looked at as a beacon throughout the world. It is transforming our urban environment through a combination of traffic calming measures making driving less attractive and more expensive, whilst making public transport safe, quicker, more reliable and more comfortable.

WW+P is exporting our expertise to cities including Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Toronto, working on city shaping projects where new infrastructure is acting as a focus for regeneration and winning the Queen's Award for Export in the process.

Now the next tube line extension in London will benefit our borough of Southwark and we can bring that international experience home. Having served on the Southwark Design Review Panel for over 15 years it has been wonderful to see, and hopefully help, the borough change and develop. It is one of London's most progressive councils, with a great social agenda working in partnership with commerce. Everything I believe in. We also, as an office, help support and encourage local school children by introducing them into the world of business, of engineering and architecture through schemes such as Engineering Education Trust, OpenCity ‘Architecture in Schools’ and other mentoring programmes.

Chairing the Design Review Panel, it has been illuminating to see so many exciting planning applications come forward for the Old Kent Road corridor in anticipation of the extension of the Bakerloo Line. The project- like most UK major infrastructure projects - goes through waves of reviews which has been exacerbated by the ongoing saga of Brexit. Despite that, the scale and quantum of ambition in an area, which is notorious internationally as the cheapest place on the original Monopoly board, is a testament to the power of infrastructure in facilitating Transport Oriented Developments. This all has to be done with the support and involvement of the local community. For too long the property development process has been divisive. Southwark has developed a vision for the area in consultation- a framework to allow innovative proposals, a blueprint for opportunities.

Southwark was the home of our first major infrastructure project, the Jubilee Line Extension station at London Bridge. Our experience on that project was the impetus to set up our home in the borough. Southwark was supportive of our proposal to build our new steel and glass studio on vacant land adjacent to the listed former Sarson’s vinegar works just south of Tower Bridge. I remember that the charismatic Fred Manson, former Director of Regeneration, standing on our roof terrace outlining the emerging plans for the borough and describing with great passion how the skyline would change. He was correct and the changes have been implemented without losing the individual character of the area and have prevented it from becoming a residential feeder for the city, with one way traffic over the Thames. So it would be a fitting place for my last major infrastructure project as by the time the trains are running I will just about be ready to hit the buffers.

Chris Williamson

When Chris was asked to work with Andrew Weston for group projects at Leicester School of Architecture (for no other reason than they were next to each other alphabetically) he discovered that their skills dovetailed perfectly. Their shared ambition made for a perfect business partnership.

Related Projects

How can we help?

Please get in touch if you’d like to know more about us and how we work with our clients, consultants and colleagues.