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Grimshaw’s ETFE rail bridge steams ahead

The ETFE cladding is taking shape on Atkins and Grimshaw Architects’ Newport station scheme in Wales

Over the coming weeks the futuristic-looking material will be spread over 925m² of the station’s two occulli steel structures. The finished scheme will feature 31 air-filled plastic cushions.

Atkins and Grimshaw’s design creates two new concourses, one for commuters and one for tourists. Ticket facilities and platform access are housed in each of the continuous ETFE and aluminium clad spirals.

Mike Gallop of Network Rail said: ‘Our innovative approach will produce a distinctive station that is cost-effective to build and maintain, eco-friendly and fit for the 21st century and beyond.

‘Our work has been non-stop since the scheme began last year and we are progressing on track with all the major installations nearly completed now.  We will continue to work hard to complete the transformation in the next coming months.’  

The new station is due to open to the public in September.

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