Duke of Cambridge Reopens London Bridge Train Station
The Duke of Cambridge has reopened London Bridge train station following a billion-pound redevelopment project, a major element of which was completed by the UK’s leading specialist building envelope contractor, Prater, on behalf of Costain for Network Rail. Prater employed Bailey to supply various cladding, fascia and soffit systems and to collaborate on the complex design of these elements.
The project has seen the creation of a brand new concourse, a major track upgrade, the widening and extension of platforms and a new underpass. All together these updates will help to increase passenger capacity throughout the station and improve the services provided to the 48 million people who pass through London Bridge every year.
As trusted building envelope specialists, Bailey was appointed by Prater to supply the fascia and soffits, as well as advising on and planning the 180 cassettes that make up the station’s platforms. To ensure the manufacture and delivery of all components to a challenging programme, Bailey purchased specialist 3D modelling software that enabled the company to combine all project drawings, including those from Prater and architect Grimshaw, into one extremely precise 3D drawing.
Experts at Bailey used the software to accurately plot the various cladding elements of the cassettes, which were produced to the exact requirements, so they could be built offsite and brought to the station ready-made, minimising disruption to the public. This seamless and efficient installation from Prater was essential with the station in the public eye throughout the project.
By harnessing this innovative technology, processes that would have taken hours took seconds, resulting in cost savings for the station. And such was the accuracy of the design, manufacture and installation of Bailey products that the overall finish was not only of the highest possible standard, but on site waste was kept to a minimum too – adhering to Bailey’s ISO 14001 accreditation.
Daniel Gilmore, Bailey CEO says:
“We feel very privileged to have been chosen to work on this prestigious project that will make such a difference to those commuting in and around London. Once again, an integrated approach with Prater has resulted in the delivery of a successful project and we hope our close working relationship continues long into the future.”