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Knightsbridge Station Step Free Access

Construction of passageways using Traditional Squareworks, permanent works consisting of steel frames encased in concrete or reinforced concrete.

An Overview

OTB Engineering and Joseph Gallagher were awarded the £4.5M Knightsbridge Station.  The contract forms part of Transport for London’s Step Free Access scheme, improving accessibility on the Tube and London Overground. The station was upgraded in 1934 with escalator access, rendering the lift shafts and associated passageways at lower concourse level redundant. This original, now disused access route is being reused to provide step free access with Joseph Gallagher constructing the following new structures:

  • New upper lift lobbies at the end of the existing disused lower concourse passageway tunnels.
  • A new lift shaft between the existing lower concourse passageways and the platform tunnels.
  • A new lift lobby and cross passage at platform level with an opening into the east and west bound platform tunnels.
  • A new station staff passageway between the lower lift lobby and an existing passageway

Knightsbridge Station will be Step Free in 2020, making travel in central London easier for older and disabled people and other customers who find it difficult to use stairs or escalators.

"Joseph Gallagher and OTBe have done an amazing job for LUL at Knightsbridge Station. Delivering a complex project on time, within budget and most importantly with an excellent safety record. The whole team should be proud of the works and there has been no impact to the operational station."

Mick Nolan, London Underground Limited (LUL) Lead Construction Manager