The densely populated urban areas face significant transport and mobility challenges in the phase of ever expanding economic, environmental and social footprints of the transportation sector. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi envisions Railway stations as intermodal hubs that are global integrated solutions to futuristic development. Transit hubs are no longer an isolated development, rather critical links between commercial, retail, residential and recreational spaces. A densely populated and saturated city like Mumbai needs to relax and release large chunks of spaces to generate mixed use developments to making it walkable and affordable.

Any land or settlement over its course of existence develops an organic pattern as a response to its use over the span of time. Our approach to the design is to understand underlying systems of the site and its context to develop a scheme which is in harmony with the underlying structure.

We believe in generating design schemes and places that add value and are commercially viable. Through the design of the Thakurli Railway Station and its precinct, the aim is to restructure the station with better amenities, create connections within the city, connect the main concourse with the main flow and boost influential growth in the precinct by insertion of plug-ins in tandem with the existing urban fabric. A comprehensive approach to developing, enhancing and managing public spaces has been adopted. The creation of an inter-modal hub at Thakurli Junction is initiated by integrating it with the local bus network of the area.

With the washing track running midway through the site, there is a loss of major connectors of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. By provision of FOBs, slip roads and creation of public piazzas, we have connected the city within and increased walkability to and from the site. Moreover, with integration of different modes of transport and creation of an inter-modal hub, the design is expected to boost the economy of the region. The precinct has been designed to maximize functionality of urban space on a daily basis, by provision of residential lots (50%), office lots (20%), retail (20%), and hotels (10%). The area in close proximity to the railway station is developed in accordance to the station transit oriented development guidelines. While the area further away from the station’s proximity largely entails commercial development (office and retail). The transit oriented development planning is done in response to the immediate context and its needs.

The prime objective of the development is to enhance and enforce strong connectivity for both the motorized sector and pedestrianized sector. The proposed master plan for the station aims to connect the fragmented road network into a nested and intertwined grid that can carry an optimum volume of motor vehicle across the site efficiently. Furthermore, this boosts the connectivity of adjoining areas of the site. Engrained in this network is system of pedestrian pathway made prominent by a continuous stretch of greens that flows to the forest area. For the success of inter-modality the key factor lies in creating a vehicle free pedestrian experience that is legible and easy to comprehend. All the capillary pathways of the settlement get connected to a central green spine articulated by connecting all the existing green areas throughout the site. This system of network also ensures vehicular and pedestrian segregation.

Our approach towards redevelopment of the station is a renewed focus on design promoting the growth of retail and revenue opportunities. The underlying stepped terraces and the elevated concourse have attached retail areas providing spaces for people to spill over. The drop-off curb for the station has been visualized and conceptualized having dynamic and vibrant spaces within and outside, providing ease of access and movement of passengers to and from the terminal. Catering to the possibility of increase in the passenger flow, a secondary entry has been linked to Thakurli West Side Station.

Researches have proven that “the rail transport systems are six times more energy efficient than road and four times more economical”. In addition to that the proposal is sustainable. Buildings have been oriented North to South, for maximum glare free light, large overhangs, mutually shaded and ventilated courtyards, green roofs for thermal insulation and skylights for inducing sunlight. The form of the station is innovative in its design.

Additionally, the station building has been revitalized though strong place-making, contributing to social cohesion and pedestrianism. Care has been taken to provide and maximize green spaces within and around the precinct, also making it a source of civic pride. Designed as multi-use destination, we believe the Thankuli Railway Station and its Precinct can become important anchors for civic activity that host a broader range of activities.

Thakurli Railway Station Redevelopment

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Creative Group is an internationally recognized Design Consultancy & Architecture Firm in Delhi, India. Established in 1973 the firm has 50+ years of experience delivering award-winning architectural projects across Infrastructure, Aviation, Real Estate, Commercial, Institutional, Industrial and Corporate sectors. As an architecture firm, we focus on the performance of architecture responding firstly and primarily to its ecology and available resources; this criterion will change how the design performs throughout its lifecycle. If we as architects intend to use technology to become true 21st-century “master builders” we must understand that the term entails a very different set of parameters than it did 500 years ago. The responsibility for the generation of waste has returned to the architect. We propose that this responsibility translates into a design methodology. As a Top Best Architects in Delhi, we have delivered some of India's Best Airports in Chennai, Goa, Raipur and Vadodara, Intermodal Hubs for Ahmedabad - Gandhinagar & Chennai Metro, Retail for Delhi Airport (GMR), First Smart School in Smart City Kochi, India's largest Convention Centers, Master Plans for Net-zero cities and townships, Hospitals, Mixed-Use Towers in Gurgaon, Sustainable Housing & Apartment complexes, state-of-the-art Shopping Malls, Schools and Education campuses among others. We are also currently working on Retail Development at a Metro Station in Delhi, Gopinath Munde Memorial in Mumbai and Railway Stations in Naya Raipur. Few of his milestone projects include Chennai Airport, Amudham Dairy Complex, NCUI Institutional Complex, Raipur Airport, Goa Airport, Vadodara Airport, Agartala Airport, Bhubaneshwar Airport, Charbagh Railway Station, Kota Railway Station, Times Square Mall in Naya Raipur, GEMS School Kochi, IIM Ranchi, IIT Jodhpur, and Kongu Convention Center, Tamil Nadu and the recently executed Kartarpur Landport Terminal at Dera Baba Nanak inaugurated by Shri Narendra Modi in November 2019. Recently, the works and legacy of the past 50 years of Creative Group have been published in the national monthly Architecture + Design December 2019 Issue. With offices in Delhi, Chennai, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Raipur, Dubai and Abu Dhabi we provide services in Architecture, Engineering, Urban Design, Master Planning, Structural Design, Interiors as well as Project Management, Feasibility, Real Estate & Financial Advisory.

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  1. I liked only the design of the project, not usability.

    Usability means Railways want to build satellite train terminal, means outstation trains can be hosted. Showed design is on local train platforms and there is no use to design such a precious project. The planning team not thinks about local trains. In Mumbai, 20 hours local trains are running with the gap of 3 to 5 mins per train, means no use of this terminal.

    My suggestion, add 5 platforms on West Side and give outstation passengers first preference. First check the usability of the project, idea behind the project and then design.


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