Hawkins\Brown have been working with London Underground, Mace and CH2M Hill and the LLDC on the redevelopment of Bromley-by-Bow Station.
Situated at the heart of a fast-growing community, Bromley-by-Bow Station in East London is set to become a key gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We have been working on the redevelopment of the station for London Underground since 2014, from concept designs through planning to construction stage. With thousands of new homes planned for the surrounding area, the much-needed upgrade of the station represents an important step in the regeneration of Bromley-by-Bow. The project will improve accessibility for residents and visitors, as well as introducing a new landmark within the local community.
The big idea
A new glass ‘lantern’ above the ticket hall will flood the space with natural light during the day and glow as a welcoming beacon at night. The exterior of the station will be clad with a bold, contemporary pattern created by glazed and unglazed bricks, bringing a sense of joy to this stretch of the busy A12 road. The use of pattern makes reference to a long history of designs across the London Underground network, from train seats to platform murals.
A pair of brick-clad lift towers will be installed to provide essential step-free access from the street to the train, with associated work to the existing bridge. The ticket hall interior will be fully refurbished to create a brighter, more enjoyable experience for users with the number of ticket gates increased to reduce congestion.
The station is to remain operational throughout the construction stage. Developing a design that will allow for minimal disruption to the daily running of the station during construction has been a key challenge for the design team, along with the complex site bound by the A12 bridge to the East and LUL and National Rail tracks to the South. We have worked with the contractor and specialists in the team to develop pre-fabricated solutions which will allow work to be undertaken quickly and safely in proximity to the live rail.
Refurbishment work has begun on the existing station, with the improvements and new lift shafts due to complete in late 2017.