A new 2,000t reinforced concrete subway is to be installed at Hackney Wick station at Easter.
The reinforced concrete portal structure for the subway has been constructed on land adjacent to the station building and will be driven into place in the Easter possession. It has been designed to improve station access.
Between April 14 to 17, the track and platforms will be removed and the subway will be driven into place on rollers. The track and platforms will then be replaced over the new subway. Network Rail said that London Overground line would be closed between Camden Road and Stratford while the work takes place.
The installation is part of an overall redevelopment of the station to improve access to it and the area around it. 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.
Once installed, further work will take place to install an illuminated glass wall through the subway to separate paying customers using the station and those who want to use it to walk through.
Project architect Landolt & Brown said the design of the subway drew on the area’s industrial heritage and waterways and the wall has been designed to look like light reflecting of water.
The project is being designed by consultant Mott MacDonald, and principal contractor is Volker Fitzpatrick.
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 station building is a reinforced concrete frame supported on piles and will also be designed to accommodate a future oversite development.
Network Rail route managing director for Anglia Richard Schofield said: “The installation of this subway will mark an important milestone in this project to improve the facilities and access at this busy London station.
“When complete next year, the new station will offer improved facilities and support the regeneration of the area as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.”
London Legacy Development Corporation chief executive David Goldstone added: “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.”
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.