Lorient, France | 2017 | Railway station
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Multi-modal transport hub – bus station – urban footbridge


  • Client: SNCF Gares & Connexions, SNCF Réseau, Lorient Conurbation
  • Project management: AREP / J.M. Duthilleul, E. Tricaud
  • Structure and Façades: H.D.A. Hugh Dutton et Associés
  • Framework: Wood frame and metal structure: Mathis et Baudin Châteaunef; Façades: A.C.M.L.; Foundations and concrete structure: S.R.B.
  • Handover: May 2017


The passenger building accommodates a large concourse featuring a Douglas-fir timber frame as well as concrete floors, columns and beams that ensure stability.
  • The structure consists of 24 portal frames made of Douglas-fir laminated timber having a span of between 12 and 19 metres and a height of 11 metres. The stress in the braces is distributed to the concrete structure over a length of 113 metres by the timber roof plan.
  •  The footbridge forms a 60-metre link between the two sides of the tracks and consists of two spans of 30 metres each.
  • The bus station shelter stretches out over 160 metres and forms a canopy supported by beams set every 4.80 metres.
The Lorient multi-modal transport hub is part of the “Bretagne à Grande Vitesse” project (“High-speed rail for Brittany”), which will allow a three-hour total travel time between Quimper, Brest and Paris from July 2017

 The station is being rebuilt to the south, close to the city centre and in the heart of the transport hub. An urban footbridge both allows to access the platforms and links Kerentrech district to the city centre during the station opening hours.  The main façade opens up to the heart of the city and alludes to the city’s shipbuilding tradition. The linear form of the building, stretching over 115 metres, gives the station an imposing presence. The double skin made of fibre-reinforced concrete accommodates all the openings related to the various elements of the project (station entrance, retail outlets, offices) and protects the façade from solar radiation.  The north façade is mostly glazed and its large openings allow views of the new TER platform (express regional lines), the rail tracks, the future north access and the historic district of Kerentrech.

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Last project news

2017-03-13 11:27:25
Lorient Bretagne Sud Station Preparing the arrival of Bretagne-Pays de Loire high speed rail line

The Lorient multimodal transport hub, which has been under construction for the past two years, is nearing completion.  All the main infrastructure of the multimodal hub has been set, i.e.:  

- The new station building, which alludes to the city’s shipbuilding tradition and evokes a ship with its curved flare running along Triskell Road to the south,

- The timber footbridge spanning the tracks to the north and the access points on piles, the platform shelters and the interurban bus station to the east,

The finishings, the floor covering of the station, the external spaces, the layout of the platforms and the access to the footbridge are to be completed by 17 May 2017, the date of the inauguration of the multi-modal transport hub.