Wednesday 1 Mar 2017
New photos: Hackney Wick station works well underway
Work to build a new subway at Hackney Wick Overground station is well underway in the run-up to its installation in April.
The subway is part of a £25 million scheme to transform the station and deliver major improvements for Londoners and businesses in the surrounding area. The subway will provide ground level north to south access beneath the existing railway line, and replace the footbridge which was taken out in early February. Network Rail is delivering the project as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan, on behalf of London Legacy Development Corporation, which is funding the scheme.
Work is currently taking place to build the concrete structure, which is the length of five Hackney taxi cabs, on land to the north of the station, ready for it to be put into place underneath the railway in April. The new walkway will be divided into two with an illuminated glass wall separating paying customers using the station and those who want to use it to walk through. Architects Landolt Brown has designed the subway, drawing on the area’s industrial heritage and waterways to influence the design, and the wall has been designed to look like light reflecting of water.
A new entrance and ticket hall is also being built at ground floor level and new stairs and two new lifts will significantly improve access to the revamped station for local people and commuters when work is completed in early 2018.
Richard Schofield, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “The new subway will improve access to the station and platforms, making journeys quicker and easier for passengers. The new station will also offer much better facilities and support the regeneration of the area as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.”
David Goldstone, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “Improving connections in Hackney Wick is vital to support the regeneration of the area and is a key feature of the Hackney Wick masterplan. The new subway will help to open up the area for local people and support the businesses that are moving here. The much needed improvements to the station come just as new homes start to be built in Hackney and Tower Hamlets and more jobs are created at Here East and in the surrounding area.”
Tower Hamlets Council and Hackney Council have both contributed £1m towards the refurbishment of the station which is expected to generate opportunities including new jobs, investment and affordable housing.
Notes to Editors
As with any major works, there may be disruption to rail services throughout 2017. Please visit www.tfl.gov.uk for more details
Network Rail and London Legacy Development Corporation have worked together to develop and deliver the project which has been supported by the Greater London Authority, London Borough of Hackney and London Borough of Tower Hamlets and S106 contributions. London Legacy Development Corporation has worked closely with Network Rail to deliver the project that will see Volker Fitzpatrick Ltd as Network Rail’s principal contractor. Architects Landolt Brown designed the station entrance and ticket hall, supported by Mott Macdonald engineering.
The London Legacy Development Corporation has supported a range of projects, both temporary and permanent in Hackney Wick, including Hub 67 and the White Building, which includes studio space for artists and event spaces for community use.
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