London Bridge Nominated for RIBA 2019 Award
In 2013 work began on transforming London Bridge Station into a spectacular transport terminal fully equipped for the future. The £1bn investment and five-year redevelopment delivered a full remodel of the station providing the growing number of passengers with more trains, slicker connections, a great retail offer and an impressive concourse. Capacity will increase from 56million to around 70million passengers a year, and with so many people reliant on Britain’s fourth busiest station, London Bridge has become a destination in its own right; a place to meet, socialise, shop and travel.
Opening in 1836, London Bridge is London’s oldest station and has seen a lot of change. The latest transformation comes as part of the government-sponsored Thameslink Programme to improve the transport infrastructure between the north and south of the city. The architectural concept for the station was to create an expansive, light filled space with a concourse, larger than the pitch of Wembley Stadium. The roof was designed as a series of canopy ribbons for a dynamic look and provide more light. The transformation is about more than travel, it’s about delivering an experience, where visitors can enjoy a range of retail, food and leisure stops along the way.
Merson Group has been responsible for delivering large-scale signage projects for some of the UK’s most iconic transport hubs, and London Bridge has been the largest and most complex. April 2019 will be the first month that we haven’t had a team on site since 2014, a good time to reflect on an extraordinary project.
This project included hundreds of bespoke signs, with the complexity and variety going beyond traditional signage. The architect’s vision gave careful consideration to its Victorian heritage, as well as practical modern features and it was vital that our signage package was integrated perfectly into that environment. Installation was a particular challenge as all project milestones had to be met without any impact on the travelling public. Health & Safety is of paramount importance when working in a live rail environment and all Merson’s installers are LUCAS and PTS trained to ensure that they can work safely in these conditions. The diverse range of signs from simple to complex can be seen throughout, and passengers are now guided seamlessly around the concourse and platforms.
Once considered a fringe district, the Southbank is now on a par with the City of London and Westminster as a destination. Sharing its home with some of London’s most impressive architecture such as the Shard, along with a thriving business community, famous markets, eateries and cultural buildings - London Bridge Station will enable people to enjoy everything the area has to offer.
It has been a privilege to have been part of such a unique project, and with everything it has delivered it is no surprise to see London Bridge Station nominated for recognition at the 2019 RIBA Awards.