A tender has been issued for the complete renovation of the roof structure of Nyugati Railway Station. The severe water damage is a priority, but the steel structure of the building is going to be repaired also. According to plans, the station will be closed during the construction for approximately six months.
The great hall of Budapest’s historic Nyugati Railway station (designed by Eiffel) is a monumental combination of glass and steel. It used to be the biggest hall in the whole Austro-Hungarian Empire when it was built. Unfortunately, the hall’s roof structure is severely damaged. A tender has been already issued for the renovations, Magyar Nemzet reports.
The roof structure of Nyugati Railway is in horrible condition. The water damage was so severe during rainy periods that passengers had to use umbrellas inside the building in order not to get wet from the leakage. The situation is critical, and it needs immediate attention.
Renovations will start with the roof structure. The contractor who will eventually win this tender will be responsible for renovating (1) the roof of the platform hall, which is connected to glass structures, (2) the roof of the checkout hall, and (3) the roof of the building with the McDonald’s in it. The entire roof structure is going to be replaced, as well as the wooden structures, and the metal structure is going to be repaired. The roof’s drainage system is also going to be rebuilt.
It has been decided that the steel and glass hall of the station designed by Eiffel is going to be closed for construction for approximately six months. There will be no railway traffic in the platform hall for half a year.
Budapest Nyugati railway station is one of the most essential pieces of the Hungarian railway network. The station was built on 28 October 1877. The railway station got its current name in 1891 when it became a possession of the Hungarian State Railways (MÁV). Surroundings of the railway station became densely populated within a short amount of time.