Liverpool South Parkway
Proud winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2015

Liverpool South Parkway

  • Client / Mersey Travel
  • Sector / Rail, Transport & Infrastructure
  • Architect / Jefferson Sheard
  • Main Contractor / BAM Construction
  • Location / Liverpool
  • Products / Building Envelope, Cladding, Roofing
  • Value / £1.2m
  • Completed / -

Created to improve transport links to the nearby Liverpool John Lennon Airport, the new Liverpool South Parkway Interchange has not only helped transform the surrounding area but has also become a pioneering example of sustainable transport infrastructure.

Combining the expertise of main contractors Nuttall and BAM Construction, the £32 million transport hub comprises several sustainable design features, one of which is the unique wave-form roof of the interchange that has been constructed from 2.3 tonnes of recycled Kalzip aluminium. Lakesmere was appointed to create the 3000 square metre roof pushed the flexibility of the Kalzip sheets to the limit. The undulating wave-form roof of the interchange, a design that has never been used before, comprises more than 200 different types of sheet, varying in size and radii. The shaped and tapered sheets, some of which curve in three different directions, were individually designed by Lakesmere using 3D CAD technology prior to manufacture and installation. This technology was also particularly important in developing the curved bull nose features from faceted structural steel, which was a key feature in the final design.

The location of the interchange building, between two existing operational railway stations, required the Lakesmere team to undertake specific health and safety training to work in a live rail environment. In order to ensure the safe yet efficient installation of the canopy that links the interchange with the neighbouring six platforms, when possible work took place overnight and at weekends, thereby minimising disturbance to the general public.

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