The Anonymous Widower

Bank Station Upgrade – 6th January 2023

I took these pictures this morning of the new Cannon Street entrance to Bank station.

There’s certainly space above the building for a substantial oversite development.

This article on Ian Visits is entitled TfL’s Office Development At Bank Tube Station Gets Taller.

These four paragraphs describes the scheme.

Transport for London (TfL) already had permission for a 7-storey building on the site but was structurally future-proofed for the possibility of an additional floor. They’ve now received permission to add the extra floor on top, and it’s further stepped back from the front of the building so that there’s space to create a large roof terrace as well.

Commercially, the previous top floor, the sixth floor lost about a third of the floorspace to plant room equipment, but will now be a full-width open plan office space, and while the new top floor still needs space for the plant equipment, but also has the new roof terrace and some additional office space. They’ve also flipped the plant room from the western side where it blocked the view of the church steeple and a lower-rise set of buildings, to the other side, which faces an office block, so the 6th-floor office users have a rather better view from the windows.

The revised scheme provides accommodation totalling 142,310 square feet across the ground and 7 upper floors plus over 7,600 square feet of terrace space over three floors.

The new scheme also changes the roof structure, which was to be covered in solar cells. However, that’s because the attic level above the offices was for traditional water boilers. The new scheme has removed the water boilers to replace them with a lower energy air source heating network, so the roof needs to be open to the air instead.

There’s also been a requirement from the City of London to reduce the number of vehicles allowed to make deliveries to the building from 54 per day to a maximum of 42, which considering that the building is also larger, is a meaningful change. Planning policy required at least 142 cycle racks, but another recent change to the building requested by the developer allowed them to put in space for 229 cycle spaces at the basement level, which is significantly higher than the minimum required.

The building certainly appears to have good environmental credentials.

January 6, 2023 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , ,


  1. When will that entrance be open ?

    Comment by Wolfgang Maresch | January 12, 2023 | Reply

    • I don’t think it will be long now! I did hear from one station guy, that it hopefully will be before the end of January.
      The various tunnels, escalators and the travelator have already made the station a major interchange for the DLR.

      The DLR seems to be much busier, as now there is not much walking to change between the DLR and the Central and Northern Lines.

      It will be interesting to see the passenger figures in a few months.

      Journeys like Camden Town, Edgware, Euston, High Barnet, Kings Cross, London Bridge, Morden or St. Pancras and London City Airport will now involve a change at Bank with a twenty-metre walk and a ride up or down an escalator.

      Comment by AnonW | January 12, 2023 | Reply

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