Sunderland Metro

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Network Rail
Grand Central
Northern Rail
Sunderland City Council

Gardiner & Theobald – QS
Arup – Structures & M&E

Main Contractor:
BAM Nuttall

Sunderland Station is a unique Network Rail station with both mainline passenger train services and Metro lightrail services operating from shared platforms. In recent years, commercial development has taken place over the underground station but with little corresponding investment in the station itself.

The advent of the Metro service to Sunderland stimulated the desire to improve the station environment as a major gateway to the city for both mainline and local train services. The project provided new escalators, lifts and opening up of staircases from the existing station concourse to the underground platforms. Significant improvement to the station platform environment included improved lighting within a new ceiling system, new passenger information and operational systems for both metro and mainline train operations, new platform surfaces and the creation of new heated waiting rooms along the platforms.

The unique multiple stakeholder operational nature of the station required a bespoke solution for the station that did not follow a single brand that would also meet the technical requirements of both Network rail and Nexus. Three artists were commissioned to integrate their work within the projects finishes which included a light artist who developed an animated light wall integral to the glass block wall, at 150m long is the largest glass block wall in the country.

The project has won a number of significant awards and due to its success it has become the catalyst for the stakeholders to commence redevelopment of the concourse above.