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Network Rail calls for subterranean survey at London Bridge Station for Shard

Consultants Tony Gee & Partners and Gifford have been appointed by Network Rail to carry out a broad geotechnical and structural analysis of the effect that the 310m high tower, known as the 'Shard of Glass', will have on the Victorian vaults and foundations beneath London Bridge Station.

Demolition of the 24-storey Southwark Towers next to the station has already started in preparation for the construction of what will be the UK’s tallest building. The building plans for the new tower include a deep basement underpinning the structure.

Gifford’s structural and geotechnical analysis teams will work with the design engineers working on the Shard, to assess the potential impact of the project on the station’s foundations. Ground levels vary underneath London Bridge and the adjacent bus station, with much of the support for the station provided by a network of Victorian masonry vaults. Some of these are empty while others house businesses including the London Dungeons tourist attraction.

The assessment undertaken by Gifford and Tony Gee will continue throughout the course of construction of the tower and of other developments planned in the immediate area.

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