Elephant & Castle Northern Line new station entrance

UK: Transport for London has appointed Arcadis and Hawkins\Brown architects to lead design studies for Stage 2 of the Elephant & Castle Station Capacity Upgrade project.

Stage 1 comprises the construction of a station box as part of the wider Elephant & Castle Town Centre Redevelopment Project. This will provide the shell for a new London Underground station entrance and ticket hall with connections to the existing Northern Line platforms. Construction of the box began in January 2022 and is expected to take around four years.

TfL expects to call tenders on March 29 for the civil works to build the remaining parts of the station box and the connecting tunnels.

Stage 2 covers the fit-out of the station entrance and ticket hall, which are intended to replace the current Northern Line entrance, providing step-free access and improved evacuation routes. 

There will also be provision for building a direct access to the Bakerloo Line platforms in the future, as part of a planned upgrade and a long-proposed extension. At present the Bakerloo Line has a separate station at street level, although there is a low-level passage connecting the platforms on the two lines.

Announcing the design study contract win on February 27, Arcadis said the work would include re-evaluating the requirements for the upgrade in light of TfL’s post-Covid-19 financial position and the impact of the pandemic on short and medium-term travel demand.

Arcadis said the aim of the study was to ‘ensure that the upgrade can be delivered in innovative and incremental ways that can realise the project benefits’.