Cleveland Bridge complete prestigious project on London Bridge station
Cleveland Bridge UK has completed a prestigious project as part of the major redevelopment and improvement of London Bridge Station, which included overcoming significant logistical challenges.
The Darlington-based company was awarded the contract by Costain on behalf of Network Rail to supply steelwork for rail decks and concourse bridge decks.
As the fourth busiest station in the city, serving almost 54 million each year, the rail-hub has remained open throughout the redevelopment, which is part of the Thameslink Programme. This presented the logistical challenge in ensuring installation works could be completed efficiently and as part of a strict timetable.
To ensure the steelworks could be installed within the timetable, CBUK Ltd undertook a trial asssembly at its 22 acre facility in Darlington. This included the construction of 29 plate girder decks, consisting of six main girders braced together.
In an attempt to reduce disruption for busy commuters, the project was split into nine phases allowing London Bridge Station to remain open. The decks were successfully delivered and installed on site using a combination of cranes and, in the early stages of the project, commissioned scissor lifts alongside self-propelled modular transporters.
The first phase of the project started in May 2013 and the final three platforms and the rest of the brand new concourse will be open for passenger use in January 2018.
Upon completion, the station will be much larger, with a concourse larger than the pitch at Wembley and better facilities for the increasing number of passengers.
Chris Droogan, Managing Director at Cleveland Bridge UK said, “As London Bridge station is such an integral part of the capital’s travel, it has remained open and this has been a huge challenge in itself. This has been an important project for our company and we’re really pleased to have played a part in what will be a total transformation for people’s everyday travel.”
Andrew Hutton, Network Rail’s lead development manager for the London Bridge redevelopment project added, “The redevelopment of London Bridge station is a crucial part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, which will improve rail travel for the millions of passengers that use the station network each year. Network Rail has worked effectively with our contractors, including, Cleveland Bridge UK, who have played a huge part in making the redevelopment a success.”