London Bridge Station – Engineering a new station

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WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff asked us to produce a film about the regeneration of London Bridge Station and the engineering involved.

The key message to share was how the regeneration is bringing the London Bridge Quarter into the 21st Century.

Network Rail is delivering the government sponsored programme to transform north-south travel through London. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and Arcadis joint venture are working to deliver the detailed design for the main contractor Costain. Grimshaw is the architect. When complete in 2018 it will give passengers new trains running every 2 to 3 minutes through central London in the peak; more destinations on an expanded Thameslink network, and a completely rebuilt London Bridge station. In a nutshell, the London Bridge Station regeneration is an amazing project that will transform London for commuters.

The journey to make this mini documentary saw our team going town into the tunnels beneath London Bridge station. We were able to see parts of the station where previously there had been little to no access, and see structural aspects which have been in place, supporting main lines through the station since the 1800’s. This experience allowed us to fully appreciate the mammoth task Network Rail and all the amazing companies involved are undertaking in order to support London’s travel network long into the future.Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 14.49.30

We were privileged to interview the key players involved with the project in locations varying from the active constriction zone where the new station is taking form, beneath the floor of the existing station, to beautiful spaces like Aqua Shard on the 33rd Level of the Shard. We were even able to capture views from the top of the iconic structure – windy much?!

Filming on location allowed us to explore the key themes of the documentary for ourselves, and better understand the engineering story behind it, and the end result is a documentary with a story interesting to the engineering world, and to the every day London commuter as well.