April 18th, 2016

Since opening in December 2013 Wakefield Westgate Station has been lauded as ‘Europe’s Greenest Railway station.’ It provides a welcoming, modern and fully accessible facility designed to a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

carey jones chapman tolcher are proud to have assisted Virgin East Coast present the design and environmental technologies incorporated at the station to senior delegates from Indian Railways. In a programme part sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) delegates recently visited to review how the highly energy efficient design was realised and procured. As a single user the company has the highest electricity consumption in India at approximately 2.5% of the total and has been tasked with progressive reduction by their Government.

The scale of the development at Wakefield has much appeal to Indian Railways in its drive to reduce its energy consumption. CJCT designed a building four times the size of the redundant station it replaced but 71% more energy efficient.

Key contributory factors are:

  • Energy – Key drivers in the design focused on improvements to energy efficiency. Intelligent building management systems provide the occupier with real time monitoring and energy consumption metrics. It features low carbon technologies including Photovoltaic panels, designed to achieve an output of 9.1 kW combined with energy efficient lighting and lift systems.
  • Design – Orientation and design focused on maximising the site benefits available. The South East orientation of the station concourse is favourable for daylighting and passive heating. Brise Soleil on the West Elevation reduces solar gain and glare to monitors. Low and high level openings to the concourse provide good levels of natural ventilation to compensate for heat gains throughout the year.
  • Water – Systems incorporated monitor the consumption of water within the building with water leak detection and prevention measures and an integrated grey water harvesting system feeds public and staff toilets.
  • Materials – The buildings materials are predominantly Green Guide A+/A rated and have been specified to reduce the life cycle impact of the building. All timber used in the building has been responsibly sourced. Elements such as the brass cladding are fully recyclable.
  • Waste – Re-use of land won recycled aggregates with zero waste to landfill sites.
  • Building Management system – A central BMS controls the majority of landlord equipment at the station, including heat curtains at all entrances and air conditioning systems. It ensures that such equipment is switched off when required and advises East Coast when such items break down. The energy efficiency realised by inclusion of a BMS system is significant and has proved worth the investment even in a building of this size.
  • External lighting – As an energy saving method and to limit night time light pollution a reduced lighting strategy operates between 2300hrs and 0700hrs.
As a benchmark carey jones chapman tolcher aim for the highest standards in environmental design in all our transportation and commercial projects. We hope that in sharing our knowledge and best practice that we can contribute to Indian Railway’s journey to a greener future.

Since Wakefield Westgate CJCT have successfully completed new station facilities at Northampton, Oxford Parkway and Bicester Stations.