On 9 May, Prince William officially opened London Bridge station following its five year redevelopment.
NG Bailey's David Hurcomb (Chief Executive) and Lee Taylor (Regional Director, London Engineering & Rail), escorted by Alan O’Brien (Project Lead) and Karl Jamison (Project Commercial Manager), were joined by a number of other NG Bailey colleagues and those from other businesses involved in the transformation, to see His Royal Highness unveil a ceremonial rail sleeper which marks the completion of the improved station.
Work started on London’s fourth busiest railway station back in 2012 and the redevelopment has seen the station nearly double its capacity, creating two-thirds more space for passengers. The £1billion redevelopment now sees all of the stations 15 platforms being accessed from a single central point and the street level retail concourse becoming the largest in the country – which is bigger than the pitch at Wembley stadium. The project also saw a major track upgrade and the widening of platforms.
NG Bailey's Engineering, IT Services and Facilities Management divisions worked collaboratively on this project to deliver a range of works, which included the design and installation of temporary works to facilitate the overall construction, whilst also delivering the detailed design of the permanent fire protection, fire detection, telecoms and security services and the installation of the electrical, mechanical, public health, fire, telecoms and security services. In a speech at the opening, Mark Carne, Chief Executive of Network Rail, said 'This station has been rebuilt from the Victorian foundations upwards, the team of engineers that achieved this had to carry out this huge project whilst still providing a service for 48million people who use this station every year.'
Transport Secretary, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, who was also at the grand opening, said: “Today, we are indebted to the thousands of men and women who have built a modern, accessible and iconic station fit for London’s future.’