From Realtà Mapei International n° 80 - 7/1/2020

The Italian Rail Station in Matera designed by Stefano Boeri

Designed by the architect Stefano Boeri, the station is covered by a large roof that turns the outdoor space into a covered square.

For this particular site, Mapei Technical Services had the support of the company’s Mobile Laboratory during the various stages of the site work to study and develop the correct mix design for the concrete. DYNAMON SR914 acrylic super-plasticiser was the admixture proposed by Mapei and chosen by the concrete manufacturer to make concrete with a low water/cement ratio and a long maintenance of workability.

Location icon Matera

Matera Central railway station offers a full range of services for the city of Matera (Southern Italy). It is situated along the Bari-Matera line and is managed by the Ferrovie Appulo Lucane (FAL) company.

The station was originally built at ground level before being transformed into an underground station. Inaugurated in 1915 as the southern terminus of the Bari to Altamura line, in 1928 another stretch was opened running between Matera and Miglionico and was in service from 1932 until 1972.

After being selected as “2019 European Capital of Culture", a redevelopment project for its central station was presented in 2018, designed by Stefano Boeri along with SCE Project for the structural works and E.S.A. Engineering for the plant systems.

The stated goal of the project was to turn it into a “station” in the true sense of the word, rather than to just carry on using it as an infrastructure hub. The project was more precisely defined as the “redevelopment of the station’s buildings and structures by regenerating their aesthetic and functional qualities and upgrading the technological systems and railway services”.

The new Matera Central Station, with its new main building, was inaugurated last year on 13th November and, just like the old station, it is right next to the old part of the city. The exterior finish of the new building, with its reception and hospitality services, ticket office and waiting rooms, is in local stone and is inspired by the classic underground caves typical of Matera.

To overcome the problem of traditional underground stations, which tend to be illuminated by artificial lighting and can often be quite cramped and unpleasant to be in, the new station has an opening of around 440 m2 in the roof of the tunnel. The result of this feature is that passengers arriving or departing from the station now have the distinct sensation of being in an underground station but, thanks to the direct connection that has been created between the inside and the outside of the station, the underground tracks now receive natural air and ventilation.

 

SUPER ADMIXTURES AND CONSTANT SUPPORT

During both the regeneration phase and the waterproofing work on the underground tunnel, and then during construction of the entire station complex, Mapei worked in collaboration with the La Calcestruzzidue Srl concrete plant in Matera to develop the correct mix design for the concrete by providing all the technical support required.

The constant presence of the Mapei Mobile Laboratory during the various phases to manufacture and pour the concrete enabled the team to optimise work schedules and to make the most of all the potential of the Mapei admixtures.

Going into detail, around 1,000 m3 of SCC C40/45 concrete with 700 mm slump flow containing DYNAMON SR 914 acrylic super-plasticiser was used as a foundation bed to position the crossties and tracks inside the existing tunnel, an area which would have been difficult to reach using other systems.

The concrete was pumped without any particular problem along around 600 m of fixed hoses. The hoses were gradually taken apart and their overall length was reduced as the pumped concrete worked its way closer to the fixed pumping station.

The surface of the concrete was then thoroughly cleaned to remove any residual material that had remained after pumping. The steel spacers and gravel clusters were removed from the surface of the concrete.

MAPEGROUT 430 fine-grained, fibre-reinforced, normal-setting thixotropic levelling mortar was used to level off the surface of the concrete substrates.

WATERPROOFING INTERVENTIONS

The second pours of concrete for the tunnel between the floor slab and the walls were sealed with IDROSTOP B25, a special 20x25 mm hydro-expanding jointing tape made from a mixture of natural sodium bentonite and polymers.

The second pours on the walls and the gaps around the pipework passing through the concrete were sealed by applying MAPEPROOF SWELL, a one-component, hydro-expansive paste used to form flexible, waterproof seals.

In certain cases, such as when water started to seep through some structural elements, the flow was blocked off with LAMPOSILEX ultra-fast setting and curing hydraulic binder. Once the surfaces had been properly repaired, they were cleaned down and a coat of PRIMER 3296 acrylic primer in water dispersion was applied, following roller application of MAPELASTIC FOUNDATION, a two-component, flexible cementitious mortar, which is especially suitable for waterproofing concrete surfaces subject to both positive and negative water pressure.

 

 

Project data sheet

Yard concrete structures
Location Matera, Italy
Subcategory RAILWAY STATION
Application supply of admixtures for concrete and products for waterproofing
Start and finish date 2018/2019
Application Type Supplying of admixtures, Waterproofing
Client FERROVIE APPULO LUCANE SRL
Contractor company COBAR SPA
Installer companies COBAR SPA
Architects SCE PROJECT MILANO - ESA ENGINEERING MILANO
Designers (for works) STEFANO BOERI ARCHITETTI MILANO
MAPEI Distributor FORNITURA DIRETTA A: LA CALCESTRUZZIDUE SRL - COBAR SPA
Credits VIDEO FOTO SPOT
Project Manager VISA ENGINEERING SRL - ING. VINCENZO GIGLI
MAPEI Coordination CARCAGNI' A. - CAPRIGLIA G. - VITULLI C. - LARICCHIA F. - MALVASI M. - DISPOTO G. - DRAGONE F. - VILLANI G.
Other RESPONSABILE UNICO DEL PROCEDIMENTO: P.I. VITO FILIPPETTI - FAL SRL

Products mentioned in the article

DYNAMON SR 914
DYNAMON SR 914
DYNAMON SR 914
IDROSTOP B25
IDROSTOP B25
Hydro-expanding bentonite jointing material for sealing construction joints. TECHNICAL DATA: Shape: pre-formed tape. Size: 20x25 mm.…
LAMPOSILEX
LAMPOSILEX
Ultra quick-setting and hardening hydraulic binder for blocking seeping water. TECHNICAL DATA: Consistency: fine powder. Workability time…
MAPEGROUT 430
MAPEGROUT 430
Fine-grained, fibre-reinforced, normal-setting thixotropic mortar for repairing concrete. TECHNICAL DATA: Maximum dimension of aggregate: 1…
MAPELASTIC FOUNDATION
MAPELASTIC FOUNDATION
Two-component, flexible cementitious mortar for waterproofing concrete surfaces subject to negative and positive hydraulic lift. TECHNICAL…
MAPEPROOF SWELL
MAPEPROOF SWELL
Hydro-expansive, rubber-based hydrophilic sealant paste in tubes, applied using an extrusion pistol. TECHNICAL DATA: Consistency:…
PRIMER 3296
PRIMER 3296
Acrylic primer in water dispersion with high penetration, consolidating and anti-dust properties for screeds. TECHNICAL DATA: Consistency:…

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