Astana Train Station, Kazakhstan
In June 2015, the concept of a new train station near near Mynzhyldyk Alley in Astana, Kazakhstan, was approved by the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning in Astana.
The new station is being built as part of preparations for EXPO 2017, and will provide services for adjoining areas, including Tobol, Kokshetau, Karaganda and Pavlodar. Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) is supervising and will operate the new station.
The existing railway station at Astana provides services for up to 7,000 passengers a day, while the new station is expected to provide for approximately 12,000 passengers a day upon its completion in July 2017.
New Astana station design and facilities
The new station will feature a 45,000ft² mixed-use terminal building, a 70,000m² car park, and an enclosed space of roughly 130,000m², including a metal-covered, 2,550m-long railway platform.
The new station will be 11 times larger than the existing one with a height of 49.5m, width of 116m and length of 630m.
It will have a monolithic steel roof formed of three continuous plates, which will run from one end to the other as wavy lines with intervals between them.
Six covered overpasses will be built into the station, allowing trains to arrive inside the building.
The station will feature energy-saving lifts and escalators. It will be equipped with 70% green technologies, such as solar batteries and geothermal applications, which use heat from the soil to generate electricity.
Construction of the new train station in Astana
Around 1,300 construction workers are involved in the project, which began in June 2015. Foundation fills and pile works have been completed, and approximately 74% of the reinforced concrete structures have been installed as of April 2016.
The installation of 87 poles and 17,300t of total metal spans has also been completed at the site. The main construction work is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
The Astana train station was designed by Turkish architecture firm Tabanlioglu. A consortium comprising LLP Jol zh?ndeush? and JSC Sembol was awarded the contract for construction and installation works at the station.
BuroHappold Engineering was selected as structural engineering consultant for the station in March 2016. The company's services covered structures, facade and facade access, people flow, security, traffic, sustainability, waste management and vertical transportation.
BuroHappold completed climate and facade studies for the new station, which recommended using natural light to reduce energy consumption.
Transport Design Consultancy (TDC) was contracted to design the station's signing system.