Main train station in Rotterdam, NL

Rotterdam’s new main train station is a modern transport hub and also an architectural triumph. The pointed hall roof which, like the matt exterior skin, is clad in stainless steel slats, along with a 28,000 m2 folding roof construction made of multiple layers of glass panels, make the station a real head-turner in the modern city centre.

To seal the steel drainage gullies at the lowest points of the folding roof with a total length of three kilometres of material, a “plug and play” solution from CCM Europe was used. CARLISLE® created a special mould which was used to pre-configure the drainage details for the gutters made from HERTALAN® EPDM using the hot bonding method. The roofing company laid the HERTALAN® EPDM strips and pre-configured elements on the gullies and bonded everything while it was still in the workshop with special HERTALAN® contact adhesive. On the station roof, only the 120 gully elements had to be connected later on, again using EPDM strips. In total, around 4,500 m2 of HERTALAN® EPDM were used.

Construction panel

  • Property: New build of Rotterdam Centraal, Rotterdam main train station
  • Project start: 2003
  • Start of construction: 2006
  • Completion: 2013
  • Building contractor: ProRail NV, Utrecht, Netherlands and the Community of Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Architect: Team CS (consortium of Benthem Crouwel Architects, Meyer en van Schooten Architecten, West 8), Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Planning of supporting structure: Arcadis NV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Operation: Cockerits Dak en Wand BV, Doetinchem, The Netherlands
  • Gross floor area (GFA): 50,000 m²
  • Total roof area: 28,000 m²
  • Material: Hertalan EPDM moulded parts and strips
  • Commendations: BNA Gebouw van het Jaar 2015, Nederlandse Bouwprijs 2015, Brunel Award 2014, Dutch Design Award 2014, Rotterdam Architectuurprijs 2014, Living daylight Award, Nationale staalprijs NL, International Tunneling & Underground Space Award, Houtprijs

Interview with installer Johan Duenk

"HERTALAN® EPDM – for particular challenges"
With its 15 employees and 40 years of experience, Cockerits BV is one of the leading companies in the Netherlands for roofing and façade work. The company regards itself as a specialist in complex projects and is always happy to take on particularly challenging commissions, which are of course accomplished with the company’s trademark quality. We spoke to project manager Johan Duenk about the contract to waterproof the roof of Rotterdam’s main train station.
› Interview with installer Johan Duenk