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August 16, 2015

Network Rail proceeds with two redevelopment projects in London

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Network Rail has announced plans for two redevelopment projects, one involving renovation of an office building, and the other a transformation of the Victorian London Bridge station into a modern transportation hub.

UK-based Willmott Dixon’s interior unit has won a project to refurbish an office building at One Puddle Dock, near Blackfriars Station in London, with a £20.6m bid.

The six-storey building will be redesigned by the firm to create new homes for 580 staff working for Network Rail.

The firm, which seeks development scope in the green office retrofit sector, won the bid over competitors such as Mace, Overbury, ISG, and BAM.

The project will involve plans for retails shops on the building’s ground floor.

"Rebuilding a station in this way does not just improve travel, it acts as catalyst for regeneration and development."

Under the deal, Willmott Dixon will strip the existing mechanical and electrical services of the building, as well as replace the existing glazing.

Once renovated, the building is expected to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

A separate plaza area will also be constructed as part of the scheme, which is expected to take around 11 months.

UK rail transport company, Network Rail, is also working on renovating the London Bridge station, to turn it into a major transport hub with wider access to other conveyance facilities.

Sponsored by UK Government’s Thameslink Programme, it is expected to boost economic opportunities in the area.

Thameslink Programme director Simon Blanchflower said: "Rebuilding a station in this way does not just improve travel, it acts as catalyst for regeneration and development.

"More than 140,000 people come through London Bridge station every day and when our work is complete those people will not only have a much better station, but also a place to meet, to eat and shop, along with fast and frequent trains to Farringdon, St Pancras and beyond."

Image: A computer-generated image of the development at London Bridge station. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.

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