The new station is located on the site of the Royal Arsenal which was home to a military academy and previously used for the manufacture of guns and explosives, munitions testing and production of medals including the ‘Dead Man’s Penny’ which was given to the next of kin of those killed during World War One.
The station’s design subtly references the military past of the site through features including the brick-built structure which reflects the brickwork of the Woolwich Arsenal Buildings. The cladding on the external façade also includes images of the Britannia and the Lion which featured on the ‘Dead Man’s Penny’ medal, and the pillars in the station concourse feature tiled motifs in the colours of the Royal Engineers and Royal Artillery regiments that were originally based on the site.
To prepare the site for the construction of the 276 metre-long station box by Berkeley Homes, our in-house specialists, Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering delivered the diaphragm walls and bearing piles. Following completion of the station box we went on to complete and fit-out the new station which included plant installation and finishing works at the two portals where the new trains surface from the Thames Tunnel.
The new station is key to the wider regeneration of the Royal Arsenal site which includes 3,750 new homes, as well as new cultural, heritage, commercial and leisure facilities. Opening on to Dial Arch Square, the station is linked to the wider town centre via a green space and impressive public realm.
Our apprentices and graduates experienced working across the whole project lifecycle, from civil engineering and construction through to architectural finishes and the installation and testing of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. This equipped them with the skills and experience to further their careers on other major infrastructure projects.