Cooling The Tube

Developing the ventilation strategies, shafts and surface headhouse structures to assist in the continual problem of extracting heat from London's underground network

STATUS
Conceptual
Clients
  • Analysis of routes from deep below ground, up through the complex underground station structure to the surface
  • Design of surface structures to either house or conceal the ventilation machinery

Working as part of Halcrow's design team for Transport for London and London Underground, Fereday Pollard assisted developing the ventilation strategies, shafts and surface headhouse structures to assist in the continual problem of extracting heat from Londons underground network.

The sites developed were high profile locations at Leicester Square and at Elephant and Castle gyratory in south London.

At Leicester Square, the route up from the Northern Line below involved weaving ventilation ductwork across a number of properties and freeholds and into the surface via a louvred structure that was to be appended to the side of the main building above the station. Interested parties and stakeholders that we engaged and consulted with included the Mayor of London, Duke of Westminster, Westminster Council and English Heritage.

At several sites around the Elephant and Castle the aim was to find innovative ways to conceal the headhouse structures as for instance newspaper kiosk or a piece of sculpture in the middle of the main Elephant and Castle roundabout.

The concept designs that we created and the images were used as a key part in the consultation process between London Underground and the area stakeholders and local communities.

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