Stratford Market Depot

Wilkinson Eyre Architects, London, 1998


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View of fully glazed south facade 

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  • View of fully glazed south facade    
  • East elevation    
  • Side elevation showing structural elements and glazed first floor    
  • Glazed circular control room overlooking railway tracks    
  • Facades of maintenance shed and office building    
  • South gable elevation with KalWall cladding    
  • Traction sub station    
  • Free standing WC pod against KalWall clad wall    
  • Interior view of the roof structure    
  • V shaped columns of perimeter shed    
  • North elevation glazed wall    
  • Ancillary spaces along western side    
  • Aireal view of site    
  • Site plan showing relationship to Stratford region station    
  • Main plan    
  • Section    
  • Section through wall and roof    
  • Isometric of wall and structure    

New complex providing train maintenance and storage facilities alongside extensive office and ancillary buildings

A ‘supershed’ was the ideal solution for the main train shed – an industrial building of considered design, providing flexible, durable space.

A 100m-wide, 190m-long arched roof covers 11 maintenance bays. The economical long-span structure provides good daylight and eight metres of clear headroom above the tracks.

The parallelogram shape of the building suggested the use of a diagrid rather than a conventional orthogonal grid, and this generated the concept for a space-frame roof. This is supported by tree-like columns which spread the load onto the v-shaped supports at the perimeter, and is cut with diagonal slit windows allowing sunlight to flood the space below.


  • Begun: Apr 1994
  • Completed: Mar 1998
  • Floor area: 18,720m2
  • Sector: Transport
  • Total cost: £18.7M
  • Address: Burford Road, Stratford, London, E15 2ST, United Kingdom


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