As part of project that I was working on, I was invited to attend a site visit around the new London Bridge Station which has been a construction site for the last few years and is due to open at the end of 2016.
Having arrived at the Network Rail main office, we were kitted out in full protective clothing including steel capped boots, goggles, gloves, hi-vis trousers and top, and gloves. Note to self: have a spare pair of trousers and top in the office so that you don’t have to desperately tuck your dress into your hi-vis trousers on an open plan floor of engineers in the Network Rail offices!
We then entered the site and were guided around to see the various concourses, retail areas and overall design of the station.
I was particularly impressed to learn that the huge structural concrete pillars are constructed on site by pouring the concrete into huge pre-made moulds with iron structural rods throughout. There is also one man on site has the job of making sure that the outside of them is sanded and finished to perfection – who knew!?
Interesting visit and I look forward to seeing it in its completed state in a few months.