Consultants Hyder and WSP have signed a joint venture contract to deliver the detailed design for main contractor Costain’s contract to rebuild London Bridge station as part of Network Rail’s Thameslink project.
The project involves the complete phased demolition and reconstruction of the existing station to create a street level concourse, and completely reconfiguring the track layout to increase through capacity while ensuring the station remains fully operational throughout.
The design jv reflects Network Rail’s vision for “one project team”, which is supported by a high level alliance between the three main contract leads on the £450M project, Costain, Balfour Beatty and Invensys, known as the London Bridge Area Partnership.
The consultants’ 160 staff are co-located on site, which has increased efficiency and, reduced duplication of effort.
HyderWSP project director James Dessain said: “Project risks are reduced and we are able to provide Network Rail with increased certainty that the project will be delivered safely, on time and to budget whilst meeting the aspirations of its major stakeholders and the travelling public.”
The jv’s senior project manager Simon Regan added: “The London Bridge station redevelopment project is unique in how it is set up to get the best from all of the organisations involved. Collaboration and co-location with client, contractor and designer means no man-marking and is resulting in better and quicker decisions.”