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Network Rail eyes Victoria over site development

London victoria station 3to2

Network Rail is currently exploring options to build a massive development on top of Victoria station in London.

According to Network Rail’s “open for business” plan, the station roof is due to be refurbished. But New Civil Engineer understands that the rail operator is also looking at alternative options including building a development above the station.

A source close to the project said that there will be “opportunities in the near future” for engineers to put forward development ideas and construction proposals. 

WSP recently released a report titled Out of Thin Air, on building over railways. It includes a scheme to build over the tracks at the southern end of Victoria station.

The station was principally built in the 1900s with the listed Portland stone façade added in 1909. Since then it has been developed many times, most recently to update passenger facilities.

In 1980, half of the roof was removed to make way for Victoria Plaza – a multi-storey office and shop complex. In 1992 the station site was “tidied” and enlarged, with the two concourses becoming even more integrated through a series of shops built through the archway of the original dividing wall.

The latest move follows the announcement that the rail operator has taken control of Clapham Junction station with a view to building an over site development.


Wsp victoria station before image

WSP Victoria Station now

Wsp out of thin air victoria station image

WSP Victoria Station development proposal

Readers' comments (2)

  • Let's hope that in their desperate dash for cash, Network Rail don't bequeath us a gloomy subterranean platform level like Birmingham NS, parts of Victoria, Charing Cross etc. We deserve better design that that.

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  • Unfortunately, a gloomy subterranean platform level is an inevitable consequence of an over site development.

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