Langdon Park DLR Station

Langdon Park Station is located on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) line between existing facilities at All Saints and Devons Road on the DLR north route from Poplar to Stratford.

Project Details

Client Docklands Light Railway Limited (DLR)
Date 2006 – 2007
Skills Design Management, Possession Planning, Discharge of Planning Obligations, Construction Management, Third Party Liaison, Commissioning
Value Est. £5m

Project Description

The project was co-funded by Leaside Regeneration Limited, The Department of Communities and Local Government/ Department for Transport and a contribution from London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH), intending to provide a facility to the local residents and act as a catalyst to regenerate the surrounding area.

Costain Ltd was awarded the contract for the design and build of the new station in October 2006. The main works comprised of:

  • The demolition of an existing pedestrian footbridge and several derelict buildings located in the existing Langdon Park;
  • Construction of new PCC platforms (86m long) and structural steel canopies;
  • Construction of a new pedestrian footbridge with GRP canopy;
  • Construction of two new lift shafts and the installation of lift cars and associated electrical equipment;
  • Associated mechanical & electrical works, integration with the existing network and commissioning;
  • Hard landscaping works to manage the flow of pedestrians at each end of the new footbridge.

To facilitate the major parts of the works, scheduled possessions were granted as part of the Contract. Following an initial design period and site establishment in late January, the main site works commenced in early April. The first possession was undertaken over Easter weekend, where demolition of the existing footbridge and DLR boundary walls, providing trackside access, was completed. Installation of PCC platform units (complete with surface finishes) followed in possessions in June. The new steel footbridge was installed in mid-October and the 36m long GRP footbridge canopy, was installed during a scheduled closure of the track in mid-November.

The project demanded a high level of third party co-ordination, with arguably the most important interface being with Serco Docklands Ltd who operate and maintain the railway service and facilities under agreement with DLR.

The site was also bordered by the local school and two major developments, which were being undertaken during the life of the project. The wider works involved the pedestrianised area of part of Bright Street and Hay Currie Streets (including new lighting, CCTV cameras, tree planting and landscaping linking the pedestrian routes to the station with park. These works were undertaken by LBTH and regular liaison was required to co-ordinate this in conjunction with the main contract works.

LBA Role

The LBA personnel included the Project Manager, who took the project from contract award through to successful project handover; and the Package Manager for the main superstructure steelwork, including the platform, bridge and lift steelwork. For a short period, LBA also provided assistance with on-site supervision of labour. By having experience of Costain internal processes/procedures from previous projects, the LBA personnel integrated well into the Costain team and played key role in successful completion of the project.

Project Highlights

  • Langdon Park was the first new station constructed on an existing DLR line around live rail services. Except for periods of planned possession, there were no interruptions to the operational services.
  • The project received positive feedback from the local community with regards to noise mitigation measures and provision of regular updates on construction progress.
  • Langdon Park Station was awarded ‘Community Project of the Year 2008’ by the Association for Project Management, and was shortlisted for the ‘Rail Station of the Year’ at the 2009 London Transport Awards.