Hackney Wick overground station in east London is set to undergo a £25M transformation with the construction of a new subway, station building, lifts and stairs.
Consultant Mott MacDonald, and principal contractor Volker Fitzpatrick are designing the new station building and the subway beneath the track.
The consultant said the station building would replace the existing ticket offices, increasing capacity. Existing ramp access will be replaced with lifts and stairs.
The new subway incorporates a reinforced concrete portal and is currently being built next to the station. The tunnel box will be driven into position during a railway possession in the Spring. The new station building is a reinforced concrete frame supported on piles and will also be designed to accommodate a future oversite development.
Project architect Landolt & Brown, said the design had drawn on the area’s industrial heritage and waterways.
Network Rail is delivering the project, on behalf of the London Legacy Development Corporation. It said that the station is due for completion in January 2018.
Tower Hamlets Council and Hackney Council have both contributed £1M towards the project, which is expected to generate opportunities including new jobs, investment and affordable housing.
London Legacy Development Corporation chief executive David Goldstone 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 at East Wick and Sweetwater and more jobs are created at Here East and in the surrounding area.”
Network Rail route managing director for Anglia Richard Schofield said: “This is a complete transformation of an area that will provide a vital link for the community and businesses in Hackney Wick and support economic growth.
“This is being project managed by Network Rail as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, with the funding provided by the Greater London Authority and the London Legacy Development Corporation.”