Modernisation of Østerport Station
New life to a beauitful station
Østerport station is viewed as one of DSB’s most charming stations. It was built as a temporary terminus in 1897 for the coastal railway to Elsinore. The station building was designed by Heinrich Wenck, DSB’s chief architect, who also designed the other coastal railway stations and Copenhagen’s current Central Station.
The Østerport station building reopened in September 2019 after extensive modernisation and refurbishment.
- DSB Ejendomme
- 4.900 m2
- Advisory role
- Lead consultant
- Design management, all engineering disciplines, construction management, and specialist consultancy for fire protection and lighting design
- UN Goals 3, 9 og 11
Modernisation to accommodate many extra travellers
Østerport station is viewed as one of DSB’s most charming stations. It was built as a temporary terminus in 1897 for the coastal railway to Elsinore. The station building was designed by Heinrich Wenck, DSB’s chief architect, who also designed the other coastal railway stations and Copenhagen’s current Central Station. The Østerport station building reopened in September 2019 after extensive modernisation and refurbishment.
With the addition of the new Metro Cityring station at Østerport Station, the connection options had to be simple for travellers, and it was decided to establish a new access way to the west in the old station building.
DSB also decided to modernise and renovate the heritage-listed station building, and partially revert to the original structures, as built during construction in 1896-97.
DSB also wanted the station building to fulfil the requirements placed on a modern transport terminal today. Customers have to be able to make simple transfers between the various modes of public transport, such as regional and suburban trains, buses and the Metro. The station building also had to meet the European TSI-PRM accessibility requirements for railway organisations in the EU.
35.000 travellers daily
Østerport Station today is one of the most used traffic hubs in Copenhagen with approximately 35,000 daily passengers. With the modernization, the station is now equipped to handle twice as many travelers as before, and thus the capital’s many travelers are ensured better mobility and accessibility in public transport.
Renovation with respect for the listed building
The extensive renovation and modernisation mainly involved the following elements:
Replacement of the building’s natural slate roofing.
Renovation of the building’s floor structure, which basically consists of ‘Roman decks’ with bricks and cast concrete.
Installation of new terrazzo floors and stairwells with inlaid guide rails and front edge markings.
Renovation of the station’s masonry, with a half-timbered design in various patterns.
Restoration and painting of eaves and half-timbered walls.
Establishment of new entrances to the metro access area and the shopping centre, restoring the original room heights.
Re-instating the side galleries with large vaulted ceilings and restoration of trusses and coloured decorations.
Total paint restoration for the wooden structures and wall surfaces in line with old methods, using linseed oil, silicate and glue paints, based on an archaeological review of the paint.
Design of a traffic information area.
Modernisation and expansion of areas for commercial sales and storage facilities.
Total replacement and operational optimisation of the building’s technical systems.
In September 2019, Østerport reopened the station building after an extensive modernization and renovation.