Client Network Rail
Location London, UK
2014 RIBA London Award
2014 WAN Transport Award Finalist
2014 RIBA London English Heritage Finalist
2013 Network Rail Partnership: Heritage & Best Large Project
2013 New London Award
2013 BCI Awards: Best Practice & Major Civil Engineering Finalist
2013 Civic Trust Merit
2011 SEQUAAL Award
The Borough Market Viaduct project was part of Network Rail's Thameslink programme to increase capacity through London Bridge Station. The new railway viaduct runs alongside the existing viaduct, making a detour to avoid the listed Globe public house, and features a bridge spanning Borough High Street.
The project, located within a conservation area, involved the remodelling of listed buildings along the route, and replacing others with modern retail and office buildings.
The work included a lightweight roof structure over a temporary public market space and the dismantling and reconfiguration of 19th century cast iron market roofs with additional new roofs, over the historic Borough Market site.
A new retail unit and glazed market hall on Borough High Street was also completed. A mixed use retail and office building on the other side of Borough High Street fronts a new urban piazza.
'It’s not the individual architectural elements that matter here, said the judges. It’s the overall achievement of managing to drive a 400m long new railway viaduct, vital to the Thameslink route, ‘right through the heart of a much loved historic London market without killing it.’ There was fierce opposition and it took a long time and colossal ingenuity. But the end result shows that this trickiest of tasks has succeeded to the extent that, they say, someone teleported from 2006 would hardly notice the difference. That’s hardly the case, but this is conservation with intent.'
RIBA Journal 2014.