This ethereal sketch is an artist's impression of how the all-new concourse at London Bridge station will look.
Network Rail, who manage the station, revealed the image yesterday as they announced the winners of the two major design contracts that will see a substantial redevelopment of the area, including a completely new concourse and improved interchange between buses, trains, and Tube services, as well as integrating the station with its new neighbour, the Shard. In addition, the track layout into the station will be changed: a new viaduct above Borough Market is already under construction, and London Reconnections got some pictures during a visit last month.
As far as mock-ups go, this is an impressionistic effort, filled with shadow-figures strolling languidly through a hazy, open space, beneath an elegantly curved roof. Will it bear any relation to the finished product, which for all its architectural merits will inevitably be filled with discarded Burger King wrappers and hawkers flinging free newspapers into unwanting palms? Probably not.