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Meet the people behind the schemes - London Bridge Station Redevelopment Project
The rebuilding of London Bridge Station – in phases, to keep it operational throughout – is an enormous undertaking, and a key part of the wider Thameslink programme. But as local schools and the community know, this six-year project has been making a difference here long before all the new platforms are complete.
While this financial and practical support for neighbourhood projects continues to grow, this year there’s a new face leading the team. Graham Dean has taken over the role that combines keeping the site and the community safe, fresh from managing a role in west London.
“The project at Hammersmith was big, but the regeneration in this place is awesome,” says Graham. “And of course Mick’s were big boots to fill too”, he laughs, referring to his predecessor Mick Caldwell, who has moved to another Costain infrastructure project at Tideway. “But we’re still looking for new ways to keep the site safe and we’re seeing some real progress with partnerships like Putting Down Roots with our neighbours St Mungo’s, and Crossbones Garden with Bankside Open Spaces Trust.”
Projects like these, along with ideas like collecting money for charity from incident reporting, and giving presentations to 600 pupils and university students, all helped London Bridge achieve the highest recognition earlier this year, when Graham received a Gold award for the site from the national Considerate Constructors scheme.
He puts much of this success down to a strong team ethos. “Everyone cares about how the site looks, how we impact on the environment and how the local community perceives us,” he explains. “We are always on the look out for anything that might detract from the site.”
There are other benefits to building good local relations too. “With a project as big as this people could just see us as a lot of orange hi-viz. Working with some of us on community projects can help them realise that people working here are individuals too.”
With platforms 10-15 now complete and some of the south side retail opening on St Thomas Street the next major phase of changes to services is underway and the full reopening gets closer. In the meantime if you want to find more go along to the quarterly Thameslink Business Forum – register your interest at contact [at] thameslinkprogramme.co.uk – or for a chance to see behind the scenes yourself watch out for the next visitor days organised by Graham.
Contact him for more information at graham.dean [at] lbstation.co.uk
For more information see: thameslinkprogramme.co.uk