Drainage Channels at the Railway Station Dresden

Modern Main Station with Historical Flair

The largest railway station in Dresden, the capital of Saxony, has already received several awards for its impressive architecture.

Station with Awards

Dominated by the statue of Saxonia, the patron saint of Saxony, Dresden's main railway station is the hub for around 64,500 people who either arrive and depart here or visit the shops every day. With its imposing design, the station, which was built in the 19th century, has received several awards since 2007 following extensive renovation as a combined and barrier-free island and terminus station.
These include the Renault Traffic Future Award for special transport architecture and the "Station of the Year" award in the metropolitan station category in 2014 from the Pro-Rail Alliance. The new hall roof also won the Brunel Award, a prize for railway design.

Self-Cleaning Teflon Roof

British architect Sir Norman Foster provided the designs for the impressive iron arch structure that spans the three-tiered 60-metre wide and 186-metre long platform hall with a total roof area of 33,000 square metres. Instead of framed glass panes, 0.7 millimetre thick glass fibre membranes were used, which are covered on both sides with an extremely thin Teflon layer and are thus self-cleaning. Dresden's main railway station was the first historic building to use Teflon as a material.

Modern Architectural Monument

The fact that modernity is successfully combined with the past at Dresden's main railway station is also thanks to a sponsoring association that provided funds for the preservation of the historic clock towers and a sandstone façade as well as for the reinstallation of broken decorative elements. The group of figures around the Saxonia was also restored with funds from the sponsoring association. The extensive renovation and modernisation of Dresden's largest railway station with 16 tracks, spread over the halls and the outdoor area, cost a total of around 250 million euros.

Drain Open Spaces Quickly and Safely

The renovation measures also included the drainage of the platforms in non-covered areas. To ensure fast and safe drainage of the areas, the Hydrotec drainage system MAXI was used. Depending on the hydraulic performance requirements, channel elements with two different nominal widths (100 mm and 150 mm) were installed. With inlet cross-sections of 552 cm²/m or 516 cm²/m, the longitudinal slotted gratings are able to quickly absorb even large amounts of surface water.

Made of fibre-reinforced concrete C35/45, the channel bodies can be used in a variety of applications thanks to a 5 mm thick edge protection and the robust ductile cast iron gratings. The MAXI drainage channel is a true all-rounder, as it can be installed for roadways, industrial areas with heavy transport and also airfields and harbours with high wheel loads (250 kN to 900 kN test load according to DIN EN 1433). Eight shear safety points per running metre absorb and transfer e.g. braking forces in longitudinal direction. Anchoring ribs to prevent "floating" as well as preforms for vertical drains DN 100/150 complete the advantageous properties of the MAXI drainage system.

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