Buro Happold project Astana Rail Station, Kazakhstan wins Big Urban Project in the 15th AR MIPIM Future Projects Awards at MIPIM at the JW Marriott in Cannes.

Almost 200 architects and industry elite came together from across the globe for unrivalled networking and celebration of the world’s best future designs.

The awards are a celebration of architectural excellence in un-built or forthcoming projects spanning 12 categories and they take place at MIPIM, the international property market, which attracts over 21,000 delegates to Cannes.

The Astana Rail Station project consists of approximately 45,000m2 of terminal building, retail and office areas and 70,000m2 of carpark; a total enclosed space of approximately 130,000m2 (including platforms) mixed use complex. Overall construction area of Astana rail station is 210,000m2  connecting the city with the rest of the country and responding to the needs of a growing capital city.

Buro Happold provided a multidisciplinary service for Astana Rail Station including, structures, façade and façade access, people flow, security, traffic, sustainability, waste management and vertical transportation. The intricate roof structure, with practical building solutions, provides a well resolved, prompt and cost effective construction strategy with a tight program, aiming to be operational for the 2017 Astana Expo. Buro Happold have delivered a security strategy which aims for maximum passenger comfort and optimal security, matching the requirements of Kazakh Rail Authority KTJ. Additionally a bespoke Sustainability Framework has been developed to ensure that the station achieves its sustainability aspirations.

George Keliris, Group Director at Buro Happold said

We’re delighted that the Astana Rail Station project has won the AR Big Urban Project award. The project is an excellent example of efficient collaboration with local city authorities and builders, in the development of a cost effective strategy for movement of people, vehicles and goods to and from the station to accommodate the flow levels of 38,000 people per day inducing a greater reserve capacity for future resilience.

George goes on to say that

As well as having a focus on reducing dependence on natural resources, the framework also considered wider social and environmental aspects of sustainability such as mobility, biodiversity, and ethical working conditions.

Astana, a new capital city with high economic growth, has been a powerful boost for shifting capital in Kazakhstan. Preparing for the 2017 Expo while growing in population, Astana has been upgrading its infrastructure and links with the rest of the world to enhance its attractive position in the region. One of the key projects of this growth is the New Astana Rail Station which aims to be an integrated and highly efficient transport hub. With a proven track record of delivering signature architectural projects in Astana, Buro Happold was involved with the Astana Rail Project from the outset, collaborating with Tabanlioglu Architects and Sembol Construction as well as other local partners to deliver a design that suits local technologies and construction methodologies, whilst delivering a world class solution.

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