A complex and challenging project, the new Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station at Pudding Mill Lane boosted the railway’s capacity by an extra 1,100 passengers per hour.
A complex and challenging project, the new Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station at Pudding Mill Lane boosted the railway’s capacity by an extra 1,100 passengers per hour. The largest station on the DLR network, it moved the location of the station to make room for the Crossrail line and tunnel portal. Situated close to the Great Eastern Mainline, several crucial London utilities, and the Olympic Park at the time of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the project required careful management of works.
BakerHicks provided mechanical and electrical design services for all elements of the station. Key services provided included:
Design of platform lighting, emergency lighting, containment for communications systems, LV distribution systems, and all below platform building services systems associated with the station infrastructure
3D modelling for mechanical and electrical elements
Production of as-built drawings
Pudding Mill Lane was the first Crossrail project to be completed. It was a Crossrail managed and funded project but was designed to DLR design standards, so there were multiple stakeholders to manage during the design process.
Our engineers worked closely with both Crossrail and DLR, plus other stakeholders including Transport for London, the line operator and the wider design team, to ensure all designs met each party’s needs. A London-based delivery team meant any issues were dealt with quickly and easily, keeping the project on track and fully in line with the London 2012 Olympics.
The elevated platform meant that the lighting, containment and drainage systems had to be designed as an integrated system. With staff areas, equipment rooms and a retail outlet located directly below the platform this added an extra challenge.
Working closely with the Crossrail and DLR teams, our engineers used 3D modelling software to coordinate the electrical and mechanical designs. This ensured all the required services were in place, with no clashes and concealed from view.
Completed to programme and budget, the new DLR station at Pudding Mill Lane kept the Crossrail infrastructure project on track. It also now accommodates an ever-increasing number of passengers for the line.