The stunning design of Langdon Park station has transformed the identity of a deprived and isolated part of east London. Its dramatic appearance is maximising the value from the new Docklands Light Railway link.
Langdon Park in Tower Hamlets is one of the most deprived areas of London, with unemployment three times the national average. The new station provides vital transportation for quite isolated housing estates and schools. It offers a five-minute direct link to Canary Wharf and, designed as a landmark, creates a positive local identity. Opened in December 2007, local community leaders and the public have praised the impact that the station is having on their lives.
It was clear from the consultation – which was thorough and well managed – that people wanted the design to be clear and transparent, to discourage anti-social behaviour and offer views of Canary Wharf and other parts of London. The team responded to this. A passenger bridge integrates with a planned public piazza, and the eye-catching lift towers with glass and aluminium louvers aid transparency and protect against vandalism and graffiti.
The scheme has reduced car dependency, generated new jobs, and supported new investment for shops and leisure facilities. It will allow former industrial estates to be developed for new, affordable homes.
"An interesting and particularly witty addition to the canon of DLR stations."