Progress in Pictures: Station fit out begins
August 16, 2022
The Brent Cross West station is edging closer to completion with station ‘fit out’ beginning.
Following our last news update in May, the roofing has been completed to the concourse and overbridge areas, and the cladding panels are nearly all installed on the walls. As areas have become watertight, teams have even started fitting out some of the station offices, painting internal walls, and installing lighting. Moving to fit out stage is an exciting new stage of the build.
Residents visiting retailers on the west side of the railway lines, may have noticed the grey structural steelwork to the western entrance building on Geron Way appearing in the last few weeks. Since its completion, the internal concrete stairs have also been cast, to provide access from the western overbridge down to ground level. This is also a significant project milestone, linking the new station to street level on the east and west sides of the railway for the first time. Once the station opens the new overbridge will provide access to residents living on both the east and west side of the tracks 24-hour access from the retail park, to the new Claremont Park and retailers on the Brent Cross Town development.
Down on the platforms, teams have been busy working day and night during ‘weekend possessions’ when no trains are running, with cranes lifting in steelwork for the canopies on the platforms, and the staff accommodation building. These crane lifts will continue into October when the waiting rooms and large canopies on the platforms will be completed. A clever scaffold design by VolkerFitzpatrick has meant our construction partners can install the cladding and lighting on some of the platform canopies during the day without the need for a railway possession, reducing the night-time and weekend working on the station.
The final touches are also being made to the platforms, with coping stones and tactile pavement now completed.
On the eastern side of the station, the roof glazing and lifts have been installed. and the wall cladding to the west of the building is also well underway. This entrance will provide the gateway to Barnet’s new park town, Brent Cross Town, and visitors to Claremont Park will see the towering timber frames of the building. In it’s final state, the north, south, and east of the building will remain unclad as future plans mean the entrance will be nestled in-between the development’s first office buildings. You can read more about the striking designs for this part of the station here.
Over the coming months, the final touches to the western entrance of Brent Cross West station will be completed with a mix of glass and brick cladding which will be supported by a steel framing. This new phase of construction also offers even more opportunities for us to support the local economy with jobs and skills, through our pledge to ensure at least 20% of our workforce are from Barnet, Brent or Camden.
You can find out more about future planned works in our latest construction update which can be found here.
Find out more about Brent Cross West here.