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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.


  • 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