London Bridge Railway Station becomes Britain’s most sustainable
The recent building work at London Bridge Railway Station has transformed it into Britain’s most sustainable station.
Building analyst company CEEQUAL has awarded the station a revised sustainability score of 96.9 per cent following the expansion work – which took place in 2012.
UK most sustainable railway station
According to edie.net, project planners had to ensure the building received an ‘Excellent’ rating from CEEQUAL in order for the project to go ahead. They ended up beating this target by an additional 22 percentage points.
The project planners made sure to include as many sustainable materials as possible – such as interior cladding, for example. There were also plans to make extra use of natural sunlight and ventilation in order to reduce the use of lightbulbs.
Planning application appeal went all the way to the Court of Appeal
The station now welcomes up to 18 trains per hour and has created plenty of retail jobs through the creation of new shops. The restoration nearly didn’t come to light though, after its planning application was appealed against. Planningresource.co.uk reports that the objections against the station went all the way to the Court of Appeal.
However, Lord Justice Pill rejected campaigners’ views.
“The London Bridge District Town Centre is an opportunity area and there is evidence that the provision of new retail floor space was an acceptable, and indeed desirable land use in planning policy terms,” he said.
Author: Joe Elvin Date Written: 16 January 2013