What’s inspiring about modern architecture is that it is never ending. There’s always something new to see every other day: building something new is always ongoing in this modern world! Fast moving word adopted Modern urban transport system as an important means of transportation and global development. Railways and modern urban transport infrastructure in major cities in India have now become a major public transportation media as they are fast and feasible. So, they are designed and built as modern and aesthetic structures.
Roof and wall cladding for railways and urban transport infrastructure is very important from maintenance and operations point of view and has big cost implications initially as well as throughout the life of the structure. Today’s modern urban infra stands for reliable and safer commuting, time-saving, reduction in atmospheric pollution, reduction in accident rates, reduced fuel consumption, reduced vehicle operating costs, and increase in average speed of road vehicles, all of which helps in improving the quality of life of the people and making the city much more attractive for economic investment and growth.
Major railways and urban transport system prefer aesthetically planned and well-maintained roofing system. At the same time, it is expected that the project does not endanger public life, nor lead to ecological or environmental degradation. Modern aesthetical steel roofing is thus the preferable solution for various railways and urban transport system not only because of the durability of steel but also the lower time required for steel roofing as compared to other roofing solutions. Unconventional design (aesthetical/concave/convex) in an infrastructure project like the Railway or Metro project, thus becomes one of the major contributing factors in today’s modern architectural transport mediums marking its step towards a landmark project.
Factors while designing roofing system for any modern railway or urban transport system are:
a. Appearance: Aesthetics plays a major role and right material provides the correct appearance with right level of polycarbonates used for right level of diffused light transmission
b. Safety: Imperative to meet the safety standards of the site
c. Off-site construction: Speed of installation need to be high as disruption at busy stations needed to be kept to a minimum level
d. Sustainability: green roofs compatible with solar module mounting solutions are the primary need of any modern urban transport architecture
e. Weight: Optimum weight of the entire structure makes it easier, safer and more cost effective – to handle in the factory, in getting it to site and during installation
Innovation is key to helping improve our rail and modern urban infrastructure, and the product that is at the forefront of this innovative time is LYSAGHT® roof and cladding solutions from the house of Tata BlueScope Steel. LYSAGHT® roof and wall cladding solutions has been a pioneer in transforming conventional to non-conventional structure with performance and functionality. Tata BlueScope Steel has supplied more than 7-lakh square metres of LYSAGHT® roof and wall-cladding profiles made from premium quality COLORBOND® XRW for railway and metro projects across the major cities including Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai. The Indian Railways and RVNL selected steel roofing for the several stations because of its longer life, better spanning capability and aesthetically pleasing appearance and minimal maintenance required.
LYSAGHT® cladding solutions are environment friendly and has better thermal efficiency as well due to Thermatech® technology, making it an ideal choice for infrastructure projects.
LYSAGHT® brand has been linked with almost all major railway stations in the eastern and southern part of the country as well as all major metro and monorail projects. LYSAGHT KLIPLOK® – a concealed fixed roofing system, LYSAGHT TRIMDEK® – a screwed down roofing system and SMARTDEK® 51 – an innovative and precision engineered structural decking system were supplied for most of the projects. LYSAGHT® profiles are compatible for roof-top solar solutions making it an ideal choice for urban infra. LYSAGHT® range of products has been a preference due to the higher durability, unique design and long-lasting aesthetics that it offers thus catering to the various segments of the Indian urban transportation industry including the railways and metro.
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