Full project details
‘One team’ approach kept complex two-stage project on track to success.
Farringdon Station is a Grade II listed structure, situated on the edge of a conservation area in the London Borough of Islington. The project sees a major upgrade to the infrastructure with the station access and interchange enhanced to accommodate more passengers and longer trains as part of the Thameslink programme.
Operated by London Underground (LUL), the station is also used by First Capital Connect Thameslink with services from Bedford to Brighton. Beneath a listed roof structure, the platforms and tracks stretch along an open cutting and interface with LUL’s Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith and City lines.
Generous space and high levels of natural light
The new ticket hall has been designed with generous space and high levels of natural light to create a space that will lift the spirits of commuters and visitors to London using the services.
Busy operational environment
Works being carried out in a congested, fully operational station meant that safety of passengers, public and workforce was an absolute priority. A robust logistics strategy ensured uninterrupted train and freight operations, and careful consideration to the needs of local stakeholders – including residents, businesses, English Heritage and the London Borough of Islington.
Stage 1 involved extensive preparatory works, including replacement of the existing interchange bridge and stairs with new infrastructure to increase overall capacity, and construction of a new station entrance and concourse on Turnmill Street, involving emergency access/escape routes and complex cable diversions.
Stage 2 required major temporary works, utility diversions, demolition works and underpinning. The construction involved the installation of an airy, modern new concourse and extensive modifications to the existing LUL building.
Platforms 3 and 4 have been extended and a new Network Rail concourse has been constructed on the south side of Cowcross Street bridge. New roof structures have been installed at either end of the existing train shed roof and the works also involve preparation for Crossrail.