BS Steels designed, manufactured and installed this new railway bridge parapet over Marcon Place, London E8.Over Easter Bank Holiday 2013, seven independent rail bridges supporting four tracks and four platforms at Hackney Downs Station were demolished and reconstructed – all within 99 hours. Main contractor Osborne’s time-lapse video (below) captures this remarkable and challenging project.BS Steels was asked to deliver the parapet within a 4-week timescale. This included:

  • Our own EDM survey, modelled on our TEKLA® system, involving very complex loading calculations.
  • Design and manufacture, including galvanising, special anti-graffiti powder coating, and anti-vandal fixings. We called on specialists MGC+ to galvanise and powder coat 10 tonnes of steel plates.
  • More than 200 diamond-drilled holes through the concrete upstand, to zero tolerances.
  • An on-site timetable reflecting the necessity to have the parapets complete and services relaid and connected, before the platform extensions could be used.

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The Marcon Place Underbridge Reconstruction project was ‘Highly Commended’ in 2013’s Network Rail Partnership Awards for ‘Best Medium Project Category’.

The Awards were created by Network Rail to reward the great partnerships that exist within the rail industry. We are proud to have played our part in this project.


New steel railway bridge parapet, Hackney Downs station, London E8

before and after images of steel railway parapet, Hackney

Hackney Downs station: one of the old bridges, and a new steel parapet built and installed by BS Steels