Feature, Transport

Why London Bridge refurb is one of the UK’s most complex

London Bridge station brings around 56 million passengers to the capital each year, and is getting bigger

The £6.5 billion refurbishment of London Bridge station must be one of the UK’s most complex projects. It’s being completed as 56 million commuters and hundreds of thousands of trains use the station every year. 

One of the team responsible for the lighting is Sacha Abizadeh, Senior Engineer at WSP. The practice is working with Hyder Consulting and the architects Grimshaw on the complex design, which will see London Bridge transformed from a six-platform to a nine-platform terminus. This involves the complete demolition of the existing station and completely reconfiguring the track layout – and all while the station remains fully operational.

London Bridge is being rebuilt while continuing as a working station. The newer, undulating platforms are on the right, above. 
Pic: Ray Molony/Lux 

‘As each stage is completed, it has to be returned to a safe operating environment,’ says Abizadeh. ‘And with all sections of work having to be completed in a set amount of time, it’s critical that the construction schedules co-ordinate with the design, and the entire project process is predicated to ensure that this happens.’

The lighting design brief calls for cost effective lighting installations, embracing luminaire specification for all public areas, covering associated issues such as luminaire installation, maintenance requirements and safety procedures.

LED technology is being used extensively to enhance the building and architectural features both internally and externally including surfaces such as concrete, tiling and brickwork.

In amongst the historic Victorian brickwork areas, which are being enhanced as part of the overall aesthetic, will be an array of modern technology, with a specialist Central Management System handling integral lighting, the CCTV, the PAVA, audio alarm system and motion detectors, all to provide a safe environment for the travelling public. This is especially important in areas with severely-reduced floor to ceiling heights,’ says Abizadeh.

Abizadeh will discuss the lighting of the project at the one-day Lighting for Rail Conference 2016 in London on 22 June. The event will include industry experts providing insights into the latest technology and design thinking that’s influencing this vital transport sector.


Picture: Nico Hogg

  • The one-day Lighting for Rail Conference is taking place on  Wednesday 22 June 2016 at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London. Entry is free to specifiers including architects, lighting designers, consulting engineers, estate managers, energy managers and others responsible for the management of lighting installations and their specification. 
  • View the full programme and register for your free place by clicking on the logo