Adamstown Railway Station, Dublin

  • Client: Chartridge Developments/Castlethorn Construction for Iarnród Eireann
  • Architect: Building Design Partnership (Ireland) Ltd.
  • Value(€ million): 6.2
  • Value($ million): 8
  • Completion date: 2007
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structural, Infrastructure

The two-storey station layout comprises a public concourse spanning the 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 of the station. This 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 daylight to the public concourse.  PUNCH were responsible for the design of new concourse building over existing railway tracks with space-frame roof and new platforms. Due to the complexity of the space frame design and construction, it was assembled and then lifted into place in one piece.

Adamstown is served by Kildare commuter trains with 33 services per day calling at the new railway station. The station has a 300-space park and ride facility and 100 bicycle spaces, all part of the Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) plan for Adamstown. The station itself has a capacity of 3000 passengers an hour.

The new station is the first privately-funded station on the Iarnród Eireann network, being funded by Chartridge Limited, a company formed by the developers of Adamstown. It is an example of the implementation of a sustainable transport policy and with tight design, minimising the volume of materials used has lowered embodied energy and has the added advantage for the developer of reduced cost.

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