A new development that will improve the look and feel of Leeds Railway Station was announced by Network Rail and the East Coast Main Line Railway Board earlier this week.
The team at TSP Projects has designed a new transparent roof made from Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) which will be installed in the southern concourse to improve passenger experience at one of the country’s busiest stations.
Network Rail’s Chairman Sir Peter Hendy, Route Managing Director Rob McIntosh and Sir Gary Verity officially announced the scheme on Wednesday, 17th October using TSP Projects ‘artist’s impressions’ of the design.
The spectacular new structure will replace the dark wooden roof that currently sits above the main southern concourse and will transform the station in time for the UCI Road World Championships next autumn.
The modern, light-weight design is the first of several upgrades to be announced at Leeds Station in the coming weeks and is viewed as the first step towards the delivery of the transformational Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan (LISM) – a collaboration between the rail industry, Leeds City Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
Architects and engineers from TSP Project’s railway division are part of the scheme’s dedicated design team and have worked closely with our partners to ensure the project will be completed in under a year. This will mean it is delivered in time to welcome the tens of thousands of spectators who will descend on the city for the UCI Road World Championships which take place in Yorkshire in 2019.
Jordan Gill, Principal Architect at TSP Projects, said: “We have a strong track record of making our railway infrastructure ready for the current railway renaissance – high-profile past projects include the redevelopment of King’s Cross Station and the Reading Station redesign. Our team were tasked with coming up with a stunning design that met Network Rail’s specific needs for Leeds Station, and a transparent roof made from Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) fits the bill as it not only light-weight but has the durability to last as long as it is needed. Over the coming weeks we will continue to work closely with the project team on their work to transform the southern concourse and it’s going to be an exciting few weeks as we see the start of the construction and see our designs come to life.”
Chair of the East Coast Main Line Railway Board and Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, Sir Gary Verity DL said: “Leeds Station is a main gateway into Yorkshire so it’s crucial people coming to visit the county are given a great first impression of the city of Leeds – now one of Europe’s most dynamic and vibrant cities. It was also important to the Board that passengers who use Leeds Station everyday have a station they can be proud of.”
Network Rail’s Route Managing Director, Rob McIntosh said: “The new roof will be a step change in the visual appearance at Leeds and is the first move towards giving Leeds a world class railway station befitting a city of its status.”
Construction of the new roof will begin in the coming weeks with scaffolding in the concourse to support a crash deck below the existing roof. More updates on the project will follow, please follow TSP Projects on social media for further information.
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