The new Amsterdam Zuid station not only needs to be attractive, it also has to be a safe environment for passengers and passers-by. That means it must meet fire safety standards. ‘The aim is to rule out as many fire risks as possible and always enable an effective evacuation route.’
The new Amsterdam Zuid station will have platform roofs that are 6 metres tall. So how do you expect to maintain them? This is not the only maintenance challenge that required a solution in the design of the new station. ‘It involves a lot of thinking and solving of puzzles.’
Three roof sections are now in place under the tracks for the new pedestrian passageway at Amsterdam Zuid station. The construction sites look neat and tidy, but appearances can be deceptive. By popular request, here is a preview of the next phases of the work.
Amsterdam Zuid station is set to have new metro platforms, between the existing passageway and the new passageway currently under construction. We will need to make space for them. So, how will this be done and how will it affect passengers and local residents?
The construction consortium Nieuw-Zuid (Mobilis, Boskalis and Van Gelder) has been awarded the contract for modernization and expansion work at Amsterdam Zuid station. The first phase of the contract was signed on 26 August.
Last weekend (21-22 August 2021), we took a major step in the construction of the second pedestrian passageway underneath Amsterdam Zuid station. The work involved installing two enormous concrete roof sections into place for the new passageway. Everything went like clockwork.
The preparatory work has been completed. Two concrete structures, weighing a total of more than two million kilogrammes, have been lifted out of their formwork and moved several centimetres to test whether everything is in order. The result: the real work can now begin in earnest.
The new Amsterdam Zuid station will have solar panels. Since most of the platform roofs will be covered with plants, we will be incorporating the solar panels into the edges. Thanks to the solar panels, it will be an almost energy-neutral station.
Between the evening of Thursday 19 August and the morning of Monday 23 August, there is likely to be disruption at Amsterdam Zuid station due to major construction work. There will also be fewer train and metro services than usual, and local residents can expect a significant amount of freight traffic going to and from the site.
Right next to Amsterdam Zuid station on Saturday, 21 August, we will be placing two roof sections of the new station passageway into their final position. In total, they weigh more than two million kilogrammes. ‘This work requires centimetre, or even millimetre, precision.’
Starting now, Amsterdam Zuid station has become a test site for the natural stone tiles that will be used in the future station. We are testing different types of grey natural stone to see how they stand up to wear and usage over the next year.