25 April 2008

Construction of the 10000 tonne steel roof of the new Liège-Guillemins TGV station in Brussels has been completed. Designed by Switzerland-based Santiago Calatrava the new station was conceived as a link between two distinct areas of the city, which had previously been separated by the railway tracks.

On the north side, towards the city, is a run-down 19th century urban area, on the south is Cointe Hill, a landscaped residential area. The design bridges the site with a 200 m wide terminal, built symmetrically about a northwest-southeast axis. The arched roof extends over the five platforms for another 145 m.

Work on the station, which will become one of the main nodes in Europe's high-speed rail network, started in November 2000 and is scheduled for completion this year.

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