Transport for London commissioned us to produce a full scale reproduction of an Underground Station complete with a transition to an over-ground environment installed on the first floor of the Transport for London offices at Ashfield House, West Kensington.
The purpose of this highly complex installation is to train Transport for London personnel so they are fully prepared for any eventuality.
The set works consists of a fully dressed station platform, the track and sleepers complete with a trompe l’oeil ‘suicide pit’, a tunnel mouth and an underground train cab simulator in the tunnel. There are interactive elements throughout the area to aid the training process.
The rail points move, the platform shakes and rumbles as the train approaches, the signals change, lights flash to give the impression of the train arriving at the platform and concealed fans blow the customary blast of air from the tunnel onto the platform.
The cab is a functioning simulator, telephones in the cab work, the driver can speak to the passengers in the saloon via loudspeakers, alarms sound and the driver views a real-time controllable journey through the underground via video projected onto a rear projection screen in the window in front of him. There is also a detrainment ramp built into the front of the train to aid emergency evacuation training.
To complete the illusion of a real station, the corridor approaching the platform is dressed to look like the ticket office with a ticket window, ticket barriers and an oyster card reader.
Our client: London Underground
Designed by: Drinkall Dean