The £10m-plus programme will involve removing and transferring key station services and assets, such as telecoms cabling, around the station by 2013.
This will ensure that the main works contract for the £800m redevelopment of London Bridge station starts on time, minimising risk to Network Rail’s Thameslink Programme.
Osborne has formed a team with Mace and T Clarke to work collaboratively with Network Rail on the job.
Design work will start immediately with first physical works starting in early 2012, subject to the success of a planning application currently before Southwark Council.
Dave Hooper, Managing Director of Osborne’s rail team, said: “Delivering the enabling works with minimum disruption to the travelling public at one of London’s busiest stations is a challenge but one we are confident of fulfilling to help ensure the Thameslink Programme remains on track.”
The redevelopment of London Bridge Station is part of the wider, £6bn Thameslink Programme.
- An increase in the number of tracks going through the station from six to nine and a reduction from nine to six in the number of terminating platforms. This will enable eighteen of the planned 24 Thameslink services per hour to call at London Bridge.
- Space for around two thirds more passengers to use the service each day
- Step-free access to all platforms from the main concourse, making the station easier to use – especially for people with reduced mobility, or those with luggage or small children
- A new concourse at street level, with entrances on Tooley Street and St Thomas Street. As well as improving access to the station, this will help continue the regeneration of the surrounding area by better connecting north and south