Cambridge North Station

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Cambridge North Station will create a new gateway to Cambridge and its northern fringes. The development is expected to serve over 3,000 passengers per day, and forms a key piece of Cambridgeshire’s transport infrastructure. The new station will alleviate congestion in the city centre and open up access to Cambridge Science Park and several major new developments to the north of Cambridge.

Through consultation and collaboration with Cambridgeshire County Council the Atkins design team created a piece of functional rail infrastructure, benchmarked for cost against other similar developments, which was also a piece of architecture specific to Cambridge and the high tech industries it would be helping to serve.

The passenger route through Cambridge North is clear and direct with constant views of the passenger destination. This allows the building to declutter itself of signage. Natural light is also used as part of the wayfinding strategy, with both top light and large format windows lighting key areas of the station and providing visual reminders to passengers of their route.

The station is wrapped in three equal bands of aluminium panels which have been perforated with a design derived from John Horton Conway’s “Game of Life” theories which he established while at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 1970. These beautiful, delicate panels ensure passive security to ground floor glazed areas, assist with wayfinding while crossing the footbridge and allow the building to transform its appearance between day and night through sensitive backlighting.

By bringing out elements of its local history and surrounding businesses, the station is unique to Cambridge – a truly bespoke, tailored design for both client and community.

Key facts

Location:
Cambridge

Country/Region:
UK & Europe

Client:
Cambridgeshire County Council

Completion:
May 2017

Additional facts:
The new building is the first piece of redevelopment on the Chesterton Siding site, earmarked for the CB4 emerging masterplan.

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Ed Newman-Sanders
Technical director, Infrastructure
T: +44 207 121 3001
E: ed.newman-sanders@atkinsglobal.com

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