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Supporting the transformation of Waterloo Station

27th Nov 2019

Hydrock’s Transportation team has been working with ISG plc as part of the team delivering the major transformation of London Waterloo Station, increasing rail capacity and turning the station into a major central London retail and leisure destination.

ISG plc is the lead contractor on the £200 million retail, leisure and cultural development at London Waterloo for developer LCR. The scheme will see the transformation of up to 135,000 sq ft of space at the former Waterloo International Eurostar Terminal into a major central London retail and leisure destination.

Our team carried out pedestrian flow modelling using our state-of-the-art microsimulation software, Viswalk to enable the Construction Plan for the development to be signed off.

Our pedestrian model tested and assessed changes in pedestrian flow in relation to new hoarding that was required around the new retail units whilst construction took place, this requirement meant narrower walkways for users of the station and the loss of some existing exit points.

Our modelling has provided ISG and developer LCR with an understanding of the impact on the wider area and determined the suitability and safety of the scheme.

Network Rail was a key stakeholder in this project, providing pedestrian data for use in the modelling exercise which required us to produce a Model Output Report and accompanying 3D visualisation video.

Our work at Waterloo Station has formed part of the wider redevelopment of the station, where Network Rail is increasing capacity by bringing five former Eurostar platforms back into use for suburban trains, enabling more services to run from the station.