Contractors put on notice for Elephant & Castle station build

Transport for London (TfL) is about to kickstart its search for a builder to redevelop Elephant & Castle Station in south London.

The transport body has started the next stage of the station upgrade by appointing Arcadis and architect HawkinsBrown to undertake a design study of stage two of the scheme – which is part of the wider redevelopment of Elephant & Castle town centre by Delancey.

TfL has also published a prior information notice (PIN) for tunnelling work for stage one of the project – the construction of a new station box to provide new entrances from the Northern and Bakerloo lines.

Early work on the station started in January 2022, with piling finishing in late 2022. The box is due to be completed in 2026, after which TfL will take over from Delancey to excavate new passenger tunnels to connect to existing platforms.

The stage-two work will also see the fitout of the new integrated ticket hall and provision for access to any future extension of the Bakerloo line.

Funding for stage one has been supplied by the Greater London Authority, Southwark Council and Delancey.

Up to 5,000 new homes will be built in and around Elephant & Castle station, with the former shopping centre being demolished in 2020 to make way for a new town centre.

Delancey has split the scheme into three phases, with the new tube station being delivered as part of the second phase.

To assist in securing funding for stage two, the stage two design study will re-evaluate the delivery of the requirements for the upgrade in light of TfL’s current financial position and the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on short and medium term travel demands.

Umar Khan, senior director and TfL key account leader at Arcadis, said: “This is an incredibly important project that will form an essential part of more than £4bn being invested in the regeneration of Elephant & Castle.

“This will make the area a better place to live and work. It will include an enhanced ticket hall with improved accessibility for passengers and help to secure thousands of new homes and jobs for London.

“In collaboration with HawkinsBrown, Arcadis will be bringing our unrivalled sector experience in delivering major station upgrades to the project, to help realise these ambitious project benefits.”

HawkinsBrown partner and infrastructure sector lead Andrew Davies said: “Elephant & Castle town centre is going through major developments that will attract more people to live, work and play in this area. This project is about making sure the station is fit for purpose, accessible and easier to use.

“We’re looking forward to continuing our collaboration with Arcadis to create a more enjoyable journey for the millions of people travelling in and out of this part of the city every day.”

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