The incorporation of PV cells at Blackfriars station is a flagship project, creating the ‘world’s first solar bridge’ and demonstrating the benefits of solar power and renewables on Britain’s rail network.
Winner: CEEQUAL Outstanding Achievement Awards 2013 – Energy & Carbon
Sustainability has been at the heart of the Thameslink Programme from the outset. In 2004 the Thameslink Programme committed to nine sustainability objectives as part of the programme’s Transport and Works Act Order (TWA) and embedded these objectives through the Thameslink Programme Sustainable Design and Construction Strategy.
A key driver for the Blackfriars station project was to achieve best in class performance in sustainable design and construction and as such the project team sought to achieve standards to far exceed basic requirements by targeting a CEEQUAL Excellent award
Restricting carbon emissions formed one of the Thameslink Programmes sustainability objectives. The Blackfriars Station project examined a number of options to meet this objective and following detailed evaluation the team established that the provision of photovoltaic (PV) roof cells spanning the bridge’s roof canopy would be the most suitable option. The incorporation of PV cells at Blackfriars Station is a flagship project, creating the ‘world’s first solar bridge’ and demonstrating the benefits of solar power and renewables on Britain’s rail network.