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The background
The Borough Viaduct project is part of Network Rail's Thameslink programme to increase capacity through London Bridge Station. The new rail viaduct runs alongside the existing viaduct, making a detour to avoid the listed Globe public house, and features a bridge spanning Borough High Street.

The new Borough Viaduct runs alongside the existing rail bridge over Borough Market, doubling track capacity and helping to eliminate unwelcome train journey delays.

The challenge faced
Leading project development and construction company, Skanska, was engaged to join an integrated team responsible for the design, planning, engineering and construction of a new 400-metre steel viaduct at Borough Market, west of London Bridge station, aimed at easing train congestion and increasing the flow of trains through the station. 

Skanska worked in partnership with Network Rail to develop the scheme from initial concept stage through GRIP 4 & 5 producing a detailed design and cost plan, and identifying suppliers for the work packages.

The solution
Epicuro was chosen to supply the project with its Hydrophobic BridgeGuard solution (BBA Certified), specified for the protection of exposed concrete surfaces. Not only does this unique formula penetrate the concrete’s surface to form an invisible barrier that repels water and oily liquids as well as resisting road dirt, it also complies with the EN1504-2 standard and doubles as an invisible anti-graffiti treatment.

Additional to this is Epicuro Hydrophobic BridgeGuard’s ability to increase the surface’s lifespan, which reduces the need for costly maintenance and cleaning.


The result
Skansa is a responsible company which strives to meet the needs of the world today without jeopardising the needs of the world tomorrow, and Epicuro’s environmental standards meet those needs.

Location: Borough Viaduct, London
Date: June 2012
Client: Network Rail
Contractor: Skansa
Substrate: Concrete Columns
Product Applied: Epicuro Hydrophobic-BridgeGuard