TfL opens bidding for Elephant & Castle station works


Firms are invited to bid for stage one of the Elephant & Castle station upgrade project.

Elephant and Castle station plan.
Credit: TfL.

Tendering began last week and interested suppliers are expected to take a prequalification test by  5 June. 

TfL intend to invite a maximum of four suppliers to tender from 11 July.

The contract will be awarded in Spring 2024 and is set for three and a half years, open for renewal. 

Stage one will see: 

  • A new station box providing an additional entrance to both lines. 
  • Passenger tunnels connecting the station box to existing platforms. 
  • Civil works associated with the new station box (tunnelling works). 
  • Delivery of localised premises and MEP works to facilitate the construction of the tunnels.  

Foundation work on the station box began in January 2022 by Elephant and Castle Development UK, and 408 piles have been constructed. 

Tunnelling for stage one is scheduled to be completed in 2028


The upgrade aims to:

  • Provide more than 1,700 sqm of new concourse space for passengers. 
  • Increase station capacity by more than 30% by 2031. 
  • Further the Elephant and Castle £4 billion regeneration programme, which includes; 
  • The construction of 7,500 new homes, and 
  • 10,000 new jobs. 
  • Further plans for the proposed Bakerloo line extension.

TfL has confirmed that stage two has not yet secured funding. 

Arcadis and Hawkins\Brown were appointed in February to lead the Stage 2 Design Study. 

This stage will involve a new integrated ticket hall, providing step-free to the Northern Line platforms. 

“We are now inviting suppliers to bid for the contract for the stage one works of this vital upgrade, which centres on the construction of the passenger tunnels to connect the new station box with the existing Tube platforms,” said Martin Weaver, TfL’s programme delivery manager.

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