The Atkins-designed Cambridge North railway station has opened.
The three platform station is on the Cambridge to London Liverpool Street and Cambridge to Norwich routes and serves Cambridge science and business parks, and the suburbs and villages north of Cambridge city centre.
Atkins designed the station for Cambridge County Council with contractor Volker Fitzpatrick and Network Rail.
Cladding for the station has been constructed from perforated aluminium panels with a pattern taken from The Game of Life by John Conway, a mathematician who developed this theory while working in Cambridge in the 1970s.
Cambridge North Game of Life cladding
Atkins said the perforations within the cladding provided passive security and ventilation to glazed areas around the concourse, views across the site from the bridge and assisted in the passenger wayfinding experience.
Provision for 1,000 bicycles and 450 cars has been built into the design.
“Cycling infrastructure is a key part of any development in Cambridge and the new station provides covered parking for more than 1,000 bicycles,” said Atkins senior architectural designer Quintin Doyle. “The shelter form is reminiscent of Victorian train sheds and incorporates a photovoltaic array producing over 10% of the development’s energy needs.”
Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles said: “This is great news for Greater Anglia and for Cambridge. The existing station at Cambridge is one of our busiest stations. This station should relieve some of the pressure on it.
“It takes about 30 minutes to drive from Cambridge station to Cambridge North, but just six minutes by train, so it should be a great boost to people commuting to work in the science park, or for people commuting from northern suburbs or villages.”