The proposal, completed in September 08 required the demolition of the existing rail station and construction of a new contemporary station. Works included the creation of a new station building to accommodate the necessary facilities, including ticketing, public facilities, staff and managerial spaces plus a public café / retail space at mezzanine level. A second platform structure provides additional shelter and is linked to the main building via a new bridge, replacing a dark subway.
The unique and dramatic form for the building will signal a completely new approach for rail transport in St Helens providing an image comparable with the best in contemporary public transport and will aid the perception of the station being part of the town centre.
The internal spaces are served off the central pedestrian route, defined by two copper clad ‘fin’ walls, leading through to the platform from which all public areas can be viewed. A comfortable fully glazed waiting area is provided giving access to the ticket office and public toilet facilities. Further non-public facilities are provided for the train operator.
The scheme is a contemporary addition to the urban fabric of St Helens which signals the entrance to the town centre and whose image speaks clearly of the future.
ST HELENS CENTRAL STATION
Location: St Helens, Merseyside, UK
Client: White Young Green / Merseytravel
Contractor: C Spencer Ltd
Project Lead: Roman Strzala