Southwark Station Jubilee Line, London SE1 Project info

Southwark Station

Jubilee Line, London SE1

MJP Architects were commissioned by London Underground Limited to design the new Southwark underground station on the Jubilee Line Extension.

Design Objectives
MJP’s aim was to maximise passenger comfort and security by making the station easy to navigate and enjoyable to use.

Topographical Architecture
From the ground level entrances down to the platforms, passengers progress through a sequence of spaces of contrasting size, form and character. The design was developed to accommodate all the civil engineering constraints.

We set out to create a kind of topographical architecture – a subterranean landscape consisting of alternating experiences of confinement and spatial expansion amplified by contrasting experiences of natural and artificial light.

The Journey from Entrance to Trains
There are two ticket halls, one on Blackfriars Road and one linked to Waterloo East Station. Escalators descend from both to the intermediate concourse, and on down to the lower concourse and platforms.

Blackfriars Road Ticket Hall
The ticket hall is a large circular space with a gently domed ceiling. The shape efficiently accommodates the flow of people through the turnstiles.

The primary materials are high-quality, white concrete and stainless steel cladding. The geometry is reminiscent of some 1930s stations designed by Charles Holden.

Intermediate Concourse; Art Installation
This is a surprisingly tall, top-lit subterranean hall. It was more cost effective to dig down from the ground than to tunnel out the space.

A dramatic curved and sloping glass wall wraps around the concourse, ascending to a crescent- shaped skylight. The wall is constructed from triangular panes of deep blue, enamelled glass held on stainless steel spiders designed to withstand the wind forces generated by the trains in the tunnels.

It was designed by MJP in collaboration with artist Alex Beleschenko and structural engineers YRM/Anthony Hunt.

Lower Concourse
Three escalators descend to the Lower Concourse. It is a 9m diameter tunnel clad with curved stainless steel panels. Two heroic beacons illuminate the staircases to the platforms.

  • Client
    London Underground Limited
  • Awards
    British Construction Industry Awards – Special Award for Pursuit of Architectural and Engineering Excellence in Public Transport, 2000
    Concrete Society Certificate of Excellence – Building Category, 2000
    RFAC/BSkyB Millenium Building of the Year, 2000
    RIBA Award, 2000
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Photos: Peter Durant