More than £100 million of initial infrastructure work was required to unlock the development potential of these sites, left blighted following World War II bombing.
In partnership with British Rail, the scheme met their desire to create the Thameslink route, linking services through London, whilst also freeing up the land occupied by the viaduct. During an intensive two-year programme of work we demolished the viaduct and its associated train station, relocated the rail line underground, moved bridges, roads and services, as well as building a new station for the relocated rail line.
Throughout the work rail services continued to operate, with the exception of a 20-day period during which we connected the existing rail line to the new link we had created and removed the old sections of railway.
A huge archaeological investigation followed, which uncovered the remains of part of London’s mediaeval city wall, revetements and other items of historical importance. The Museum of London removed the portions it wished to preserve elsewhere, whilst the remnants of the historical site were protected before construction began.
The project created a new London square, Fleet Place.