Shepherds Bush Station

A new station was constructed at Shepherd’s Bush on Network Rail’s West London Line in association with the £550m White City Development.

The new station is located just north of the Holland Park roundabout in west London and comprises two four car platforms connected via a footbridge and lifts. The new station concourse and ticket office are adjacent to the existing Shepherd’s Bush Underground Station on the Central Line which Waterman also worked on.

One of the biggest challenges of the project was working with 24 hours/7days a week rail traffic. This dictated the form of the structures and foundations to allow construction without the use of heavy plant adjacent to the railway. Other constraints included existing signals that could not be disturbed, communication cables and 25,000 volt power cables along the line of the platforms.

The approved design for the platforms involved them being built to the side and slid towards the rails. Later negotiations with Network Rail enabled the use of fully finished pre-cast platforms and retaining walls, fabricated in Germany and craned into position in short possession periods. The off-site construction of the units allows for a higher quality finish and decreases the time spent on site for installation.

This was the first use of this system in Britain but has already been adopted elsewhere.

Waterman was responsible for the civil and structural design throughout the development and construction phases. Waterman also provided the M & E tender design information.

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