New Delhi Station

New Delhi Station is India’s second busiest railway station, handling nearly 400 trains and 500,000 passengers per day. The station has grown in a piecemeal manner since it was first opened in the 1950s. It is operating at capacity but is incapable of accommodating further expansion without a major overhaul. Indian Railways embarked on a programme to remake 26 stations into landmark, world-class facilities, and selected New Delhi as the first to be redeveloped.

Farrells redesigned the station to increase capacity and flexibility, facilitate inter-modal transfer, and improve station amenity and sustainability. The roof is designed to achieve passive cooling and reduce the need for artificial lighting. At the macro scale, the station is envisaged as the catalyst for a new urban quarter in the heart of the national capital. A masterplan, sympathetic to the historic layout of New Delhi, was conceived to capitalise on the vast amount of space above the railway alignment. It allows for new topside development, green space, and reconnects communities on either side of the tracks.