Elephant and Castle Tube Station

From Wikipedia:

“Access to the more northerly (Bakerloo) part of the station is via the original building, while the exit is via a new extension next to Skipton House. Between the entrance and two shops is the entrance to South London House, an office block above the station. The BS&WR station building remains much as originally constructed and is a typical Leslie Green structure. The main alteration is a modern glass-sided and glass-topped flat-roofed extension abutting the original western elevation, giving access to three of the six arches. These arches, in a classic deep-red faience style, formed the original perimeter: two are infilled with street-facing shops. As the station also functions as a drivers’ depot, London Underground uses the offices above the station for administration and drivers’ accommodation.”

From biotecture.uk.com:

“Biotecture were commissioned by Transport for London to design install and maintain the outdoor living wall at Elephant and Castle tube station. Biotecture worked closely with TFL to ensure that a robust and sustainable living wall installation. A full structural survey of the existing building was performed to ensure that the structure was capable of accepting the additional loading of the living wall and inform design decisions regarding the fixings for the living wall. The lower area of the living wall was fixed back to simple timber cladding rails. The upper section needed to step out, away from the existing chimney stacks so for that section a bespoke steel frame was designed and constructed to mount the living wall to. There was no available space inside the station to house the irrigation plant so a frost proof roadside cabinet was also installed that houses the water tank, pumps and valves that control the living wall irrigation. This is a discreet solution that allows our maintenance team access to the irrigation system for essential ongoing maintenance. The planting design of bold circular patterns relate to the architecture of the building and provide visual impact with a scene of energy contributing to the regeneration development plans of the surrounding area. The plants have been selected to assist in the capture of particulate matter, to attract pollinating insects and to suit site conditions of full sun (as the aspect is southerly) and exposed conditions to wind, particularly towards the top of the wall. The colour palette is of varying tones of green, pinks, mauves, and cream with red, orange and lime green accents. This was the second project that Biotecture had worked on with TFL. The first at Edgware Road Tube Station was installed in 2011.”

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