Blackfriars Station, Redevelopment
Blackfriars station has quickly established itself as a modern London landmark
Running between the banks of the River Thames, within the shadow of both St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern gallery, the redevelopment of Blackfriars railway station presented an intriguing and extremely complex design challenge.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) award-winning scheme extended the station along the full length of Blackfriars Bridge, enabling the creation of a new station entrance on the South Bank. As well as significantly increasing capacity, this idea greatly improved connectivity to and from the surrounding areas. The redevelopment of the North Bank entrance allows access to both London Underground and Thameslink networks.
A low-level, segmented roof supported on an elegant steel and glass structure, minimises the impact on views up and down the river. Integrated north-facing opening roof lights ventilate the platforms below, maximising daylight and mitigating solar gain on what is now the world’s largest solar-powered bridge. Fittingly, the bridge’s aluminium panel roofing system was transported to the site via barges along the River Thames.
Client. Network Rail
Location. London, UK
RIBA Awards 2014, London Regional Award, Winner
RIBA Awards 2014, London Sustainability Award, Finalist
Building Awards 2014, Building of the Year, Winner
New London Architecture Awards 2014, Transport & Infrastructure Award, Winner
Civic Trust Awards 2014, Commendation
CEEQUAL Outstanding Achievement Awards 2013, Energy & Carbon Category, Winner