Wood Lane Station

Wood Lane Station was the first new station to be built on an existing Underground line for more than 70 years and is located midway between Latimer Road Station and Shepherd’s Bush Station on the Hammersmith & City Line.

At Wood Lane the Hammersmith & City Line runs above the road on a 100 year old viaduct. Building platforms against an existing viaduct with trains running 20 hours a day was a considerable constraint to the design, and building the station itself immediately on top of four Central Line routes was an even greater challenge.  A complex system of beams and a storey height truss transfer the building loads to new piled foundations squeezed between the lines.

Many of the engineering components of the station have been developed into architectural features.  Examples are the ‘C’ frames at platform level and their restraint brackets attached to the viaduct.  Another striking example is the louvred glazing screen over the main entrance.  This is the engineering answer to the problem of providing a glass window spanning 23 metres with heavy sliding gates hung below.  Carefully adjusting springs in the roof ensure that this hanging structure floats without being damaged by the gates or heavy loads on the roof.

Waterman provided the Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical design services as well as CDM services for the full duration of the project.

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