The two-storey station layout comprises a public concourse spanning Intercity rail tracks with stair and lift access to the three new platforms, and future provision for a fourth platform once railway track capacity is increased.
The key design feature is the floating roof which has been developed as a prototype for the other proposed stations on the route. A semi-open concourse level is ‘roofed’ by a striking light weight space frame structure covered by semi-translucent PTFE fabric material. This partially open structure provides both natural ventilation and daylighting to the public concourse.
The station’s nerve centre is located within two enamelled steel-clad pods that sit either side of the concourse level and house the state-of-the-art ticket office and staff facilities, retail unit, and public amenities as well as significant track signalling, telecoms and services equipment.
a completely new station, to serve an adjacent developing new town
completed on time within an eleven month construction period
accommodates a capacity of 3000 passengers an hour
first railway station in recent times to be built and paid for by private developers rather than by public money
feeling of openness through patent glazing allowing views to trains and buses, and the surrounding landscape