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We're restoring the roof and improving facilities at Paddington station, ready for the Great Western route upgrade and the arrival of Crossrail
Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Paddington station has been the terminus of the Great Western railway since 1838. Nearly 60 million people use it every year, and even more will do so when Crossrail services begin in 2018.
As part of modernising the Great Western route, we’re restoring the Grade 1 listed glass roof and upgrading facilities throughout Paddington station. We’re carrying out this work in two phases, with everything due to be completed by late 2016.
In 2011 we completed the restoration of the roof over platforms 9–12, which has brought natural light flooding back into the area. The work also included a major facelift for the platforms and linked bridges and walkways.
We are now restoring the roof over platforms 1–8 and improving facilities throughout the station.
During phase 2 we’re creating a new retail and dining hub in the area at the back of the station known as the Lawn. This area was originally the lawn of the Victorian station master’s cottage – hence its name. Due for completion in 2016, the Lawn redevelopment will give passengers and visitors to the station a much wider choice of shops and restaurants.
Train services are not affected by our improvement work and we are taking care to maintain passenger flow and safety on the station.
Temporary Works (Building) Award
The construction team developed a fully suspended rolling scaffolding system to provide access to the train shed roof. The scaffolding is lightweight, yet strong and designed for maximum reuse. Work had to take place without obstructing the station below, so that the station could remain in full operation. Each of the three roof arches built by Brunel over 150 years ago is 220m long and spans between 20m and 32m.Judges' comment: "A good balance was struck between engineering and human factors"
Commuters in Paddington station
Specialists working on the roof
A worker suspended from girders involved in restoration of Paddington's roof
Restoration work on Paddington's historic roof
Restoration work on Paddington’s historic roof
An artist’s impression of the exterior of the new Crossrail station at Paddington
An artist’s impression of the new Crossrail station at Paddington
An artist’s impression of the gate-line at the new Crossrail station at Paddington