Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj - COAST

Greater Copenhagen’s new landmark for green mobility opens

31.05.2019

The inauguration of a new transportation hotspot Køge North Station is taking place today, introducing a spectacular pedestrian bridge, a station and parking facilities to the public. Køge North Station is not only a significant crossing for sustainable mobility but also a unique example of Danish architecture and engineering.

A new public transportation gate to Copenhagen has become a reality, bringing crowds effectively to and from the Danish Capital. Køge Municipality and the rest of the region now have a landmark of international dimensions: a futuristic 225 meters long pedestrian bridge and station running above highspeed train tracks and an eight-lane motorway. The station is expected to serve six local trains and three regional highspeed trains per hour per direction, with around 90,000 daily passengers passing the crossing.

Køge North Station’s design cater for the good travel experience where people passing the pedestrian bridge can enjoy an open view to the North yet having a calming wooden construction to the South for intimacy. The bridge has dedicated zones for both movement and for sojourn. The goal was to create an inviting space and not just a standard transportation facility for the 8,000 people that are expected to use the station daily.

Jens Sandager Jensen, Senior Vice President for Bridges Scandinavia at COWI states: “Køge North Station is a complex bridge construction raised above challenging building conditions over railroads and a highway. To lift and install the six sections - the heaviest lift being 195 tonnes and the longest span over the highway 58 meters long - while minimising disturbance of the traffic, has required careful premeditation of solutions, safety and timing. As the consulting engineers, it will be a great pleasure to witness the many passengers use the station in their daily lives.”

The architects behind Køge North Station are COBE and DISSING+WEITLING while COWI acted as the consulting engineer.

KØGE NORTH STATION
part of KØBENHAVN-KØGE-RINGSTED-railway

Owner: Banedanmark, Køge Municipality and DSB
Architect: COBE and DISSING+WEITLING architecture
Consulting engineer: COWI
Entrepreneur: Bladt Industries

ABOUT KØGE NORTH STATION

  • Køge North Station is a new transportation hotspot for Greater Copenhagen in the crossing of highspeed train tracks, local railways and a highway
  • The station is expected to serve six local trains and three regional highspeed trains per hour per direction
  • Around 90,000 daily passengers are expected to pass the crossing and 8,000 of them will use the station
  • The Køge North Station project consists of a visionary plan, a pedestrian bridge and a station, along with parking and travel facilities, and is a unique example of Danish architecture and engineering
  • COBE was the architect behind the elevators, stairs, escalators and benches while DISSING+WEITLING architecture was responsible for the building envelope and the interior fitting
  • COWI acted as consulting engineer for the structural design of the steel construction and the coordination of 3D modelling
  • Køge North Station was announced as an international project competition in 2014.
    38 teams from seven EU countries, Japan and USA participated and four of the teams received prequalification

ABOUT THE BRIDGE

  • First sod was turned on 13th September 2016
  • The covered pedestrian bridge is 225 meters long and 9 meters wide
  • Including elevators and escalators the bridge weights 1,000 tonnes
  • The bridge has a 180-degree panorama view over the highway and the surroundings
  • It is mounted in six sections, with the heaviest lift being 195 tonnes, and supported by seven concrete pillars
  • The longest span over the highway is 58 meters long
  • The bridge is equipped with a dehumidification system inside the box girder as well as two Tuned Mass Damper (TMD) for vibration control in the two longest spans
  • The bridge’s exterior consists of 4,800m2 of anodised aluminium panels
  • In total, the bridge has 31 south-facing windows and one window facing north
  • 620 tonnes of steel and 920m3 of concrete were used in the project
  • The construction is designed to carry 1,800 persons at a time
  • The bridge is equipped with five elevators and five staircases with stairs and escalators
  • The bridge has an eclipse form to allow it to stretch over the terrain accommodating varying height requirements in an optimal way

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Charlotte Holm

Charlotte Holm
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