New entrance at Denmark Hill

A new station entrance at Denmark Hill in south London was opened by Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris on 2 September.

The £7.5 million project, funded by the Department for Transport, also included provision of additional canopies on platforms, a new cycle hub and a range of new art and design elements, with new artwork produced in collaboration with the Camberwell Society and Camberwell Arts by British Ghanaian artist Godfried Donkor.

The scheme is described as the first carbon positive station development in the UK, with a new type of photovoltaic film fitted to the new roof which is able to produce more energy than the new building needs and put energy back into the electricity grid; it is the first time this film has been used at a station in Europe.

Denmark Hill, operated by Govia Thameslink Railway but also served by Southeastern and London Overground, reportedly saw one of the lowest drop-offs in passenger numbers during the Covid crisis, likely due to the proximity of King’s College and Maudsley hospitals.

Network Rail’s Lead Development Manager Andrew Wood told Modern Railways the project had been delivered more quickly and cheaply than planned, the result of close working with GTR to gain access to the site quickly.