London Cycle Hire

London Cycle Hire

Project Centre played a vital role helping Serco deliver the London Cycle Hire Scheme which was unveiled on time in July 2010.


We provided a dedicated project team of 18 engineers and CAD technicians to design 650 docking stations for phase 1 and 2 of the scheme.


The team developed detailed designs, traffic management plans and technical reports for each site which involved extensive liaison with Transport for London (TfL), seven central London boroughs, the City of London, the City of Westminster and the Royal Parks. The team also worked closely with statutory undertakers, key stakeholders and the scheme contractors.


The London cycle hire scheme incorporated the docking stations into the footway and carriageway which presented unique issues that needed to be overcome during the design process, often on a site by site basis. These included the existence of unrecorded vaults, London Underground tunnels and shallow statutory undertaker’s equipment.


Our team had to design each site within the planning permissions granted and associated archaeological and arboricultural assessments. We made sure our designs maximised the use of the site while meeting the strict planning conditions applied.


We designed a range of standard foundation designs which were used wherever they were feasible and also developed a range of innovative solutions where the standard designs were inappropriate including an ‘inset solution’ which has been introduced at a number of sites. The foundation designs were designed to conform to British standards, the conditions set out in the planning permission granted for the scheme and the usage levels expected.


Our role in the project also involved the development of preparatory works for the majority of sites including associated highway works such as build-outs and protective islands which were developed in accordance with the design philosophy of the relevant local authority in mind.


Project Centre also provided staff to supervise the construction of the docking stations and produced as built drawings and site records to be used for asset management purposes.