Worries over cladding prompted client Network Rail to order remedial action

Costain was asked by Network Rail three months ago to take over the cladding work at London Bridge station because of worries about the quality of Lakesmere’s work.

Network Rail confirmed that its main contractor on the £400m revamp, which is due to open early next spring after five years, took over the cladding part of the scheme in August.

Work is continuing and a spokesperson for Network Rail said: “Some of the cladding that was fitted by Lakesmere at London Bridge station has been removed and we are currently in the process of re-installing it.

“This was due to a problem with how the cladding had been installed and longer term concerns over its durability to last the 25 year asset life.”

Lakesmere went down last week with administrator Deloitte immediately making 109 people – close to half its staff – redundant.

Its £8m contract at London Bridge also included supplying and installing glass reinforced concrete panels for the arches within the station’s Western Arcade.


London Bridge Station

Source: Rick Roxburgh

The upgrade is due to complete next spring