Accrington is a medium sized station used by about 240,000 passengers per year. Strzala Architects were engaged by Lancashire County Council acting as lead consultant to provide a new 'Eco' Station. The station was to act as a gateway to the town and to pose as an iconic symbol of ecologically and socially sustainable design thinking for the region.
The project was built as part of the Sustainable Stations (SusStations) Interreg IVB Project and is the first Eco station on the Northern Rail network.
The present facility was unwelcoming so the new station not only needed to be developed in a sustainable way but also to project something of the new optimism being developed in the town through its regeneration. The project also includes a community learning centre used to promote awareness of environmental issues especially as they apply to buildings.
The underlining strategy is to save energy, water and material resources with a positive environmental system demanded from the outset.
The scheme has been awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
Location: Accrington, Lancashire, UK
Client: Lancashire County Council
Contractor: Strategic Team Group
Site Architect: Peter Marshall