AECOM is to design the southern entrance of the station, adding to its portfolio of North East stations work

AECOM has announced it is to undertake the technical design for the new southern entrance of Sunderland’s railway station. AECOM will be working in partnership with BAM Nuttall, Network Rail, Nexus, Grand Central and Northern Rail, and Sunderland City Council to deliver the project, which is part of a wider £26M station redevelopment.

The new entrance will feature a large glass wrap-around design and will include a ticket office and reception, retail and cafes and a mezzanine level with office space for rail staff. The wider six-year project will also see the northern entrance of the station revamped and platform-level works undertaken to increase the capacity of the station, with four tracks and four platforms to separate Tyne and Wear metro from mainline services.

This year the existing southern entrance will be demolished, clearing the way for the construction of a new building overlooking Market Square. In line with AECOM’s carbon reduction and build to last methodology, we have optimised the use of the existing structure, thereby avoiding the need to replace it with a new set of concrete retaining walls that would result in increased emissions. Our approach is that if we reuse what is already there, we can avoid carbon emissions and reduce costs whist working towards 2050 net zero carbon targets.

AECOM has a strong presence in the North East and is already working with BAM Nuttall on projects such as the £100m redevelopment of Darlington railway station, which will see three new platforms on the east side of the existing station, a new station building and linking footbridge. An upgrade to the Victoria Road entrance and car park is also planned, alongside new road layouts, wider pavements and improvements to walking and cycling access to make the station easier to reach.

Further significant rail projects in the North East include AECOM’s leading work with Northumberland County Council to construct six new stations along the Northumberland Line, which will see regular passenger trains between Ashington and Newcastle reintroduced by 2024 – boosting education, employment and housing prospects for the region.  AECOM’s role on the project includes programme management, engineering design, planning and consents and stakeholder management.