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High Speed Atocha Station

Madrid, Spain


Puerta de Atocha station is the largest station in Madrid. It is the primary interchange serving commuter trains, intercity and regional trains as well as AVE high speed trains from Barcelona, Seville and Valencia. The station had a capacity of 16 million passengers per annum. After the Madrid bombing in 2004, and with projected passenger levels of 36 million per annum by 2025, a major expansion and upgrade of the station was needed. We used our experience of design at major airports to increase pedestrian capacity and segregate arrival and departure areas. This involved demolishing platform shelters and constructing a new elevated arrivals hall linked to the platforms by new escalators, stairs and lifts. The hall was converted to a departures only area and the new arrivals hall was linked to the re-configured station lobby by an elevated 200m covered moving walkway.  We designed, developed and constructed a temporary support structure to allow the new canopy structure – which was above 11 high-speed train lines - to be demolished and replaced without impacting on the track or catenary and saving the requirement for possession works impacting on the high speed and other services.

FACTS OF THE PROJECTS
High-speed services were fully maintained while demolition, deep-piled footings, drainage, main structure and cladding finishes were carried out.
Minimised track possessions
Complicated logistics and traffic management
Value engineered solution to drive savings
Maintain station fully operational throughout project (42,000 Passengers Daily)
Major M&E, signalling and structural works