London Bridge Station
BCL is delighted to be part of the team delivering the £400m redevelopment of London Bridge Station. The project is the largest transport project London has seen for many years.
The redeveloped station, which is part of the larger £6.5bn Thameslink project, expects to see 75 million passengers passing through every year.
Originally specified by architects Grimshaw, the BCL system was identified early on by the client, Network Rail and main contractor Costain as the system of choice, given its unique design flexibility, outstanding acoustic performance and the increased design and installation services provided by BCL.
As part of the London Bridge station refurbishment the structure which supports the railway platforms has been replaced by a series of pre cast concrete bridge decks. The underside of the new bridge decks becomes the ceiling of the main concourse which has been clad with our high performance “Alpha” acoustic timber panel system.
Phase one of Network Rail’s London Bridge station redevelopment was completed in 2016. BCL successfully delivered the vast timber ceiling which can now be enjoyed by commuters using part of the station’s brand new concourse.
There were some challenges with the project, not only the control of ambient sound from the passengers using the station, but also the structural reverberation produced by on average 18 trains per hour and, given its prominence, the need for upwards blast protection in the event of a terrorist threat. All challenges have been met by the BCL design, making the ceiling system the perfect solution.
BCL’s open-configurable system allowed the architects to design three unique panel configurations, all using Western Red Cedar, which along with dedicated testing certificates, provided a mix of Class A and Class B acoustically rated panels to create a beautiful aesthetic to the project, whilst tackling sound absorption.
With the London Bridge Station redevelopment, as with every project BCL take on, our design, manufacture and installation teams provide the knowledge and skill needed to ensure the highest standard of work is achieved at every stage of the project.