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Tilburg public transport hub


Tilburg public transport hub 

For years, Tilburg’s station area had been inconveniently organized and insufficiently equipped for the increased number of bus and train passengers. cepezed designed the renewal plan including a new tunnel, a new bus station, two bicycle parking facilities and an expansion of the train station with an extra platform.

  • client(s)
  • municipality tilburg en prorail
  • location
  • Tilburg
  • user(s)
  • public
  • discipline(s)
  • cepezed

The old situation  

The railway station area in Tilburg was characterized by a number of important and related weaknesses. It was hard for people to get their bearings and there was limited space for pedestrians. Due to the traffic organization and the parking spaces for cars, taxis and bicycles, there was a difficult spatial relationship between the city and the station.

In addition, the bus station situated to the west was too small and there were unsafe situations there due to poorly organized routes for pedestrians and motor traffic.

léon van woerkom | cepezed
lucas van der wee | cepezed

Plan for the new situation  

In the context of a closed competition, cepezed designed a renewal plan. The jury was particularly impressed by the balanced combination of spatial, architectural, logistical and commercial qualities. In addition, the jury greatly appreciated cepezed’s perspective on the process and the collaboration with, among others, the municipality, ProRail and Dutch Railways (NS). Furthermore, the design fitted in well with the boulevard concept the municipality wished to introduce.

lucas van der wee | cepezed

Prefab tunnel  

To process the growing number of travellers, a completely new prefab tunnel weighing 6.6 million kilo was squeezed under the railway tracks and platforms. It contains the staircases to the trains, but also small shops and kiosks, and additionally functions as an interdistrict connection between the city and the former NS site on the north side.

léon van woerkom | cepezed
lucas van der wee | cepezed

Modern return to the original design  

Jarring additions to the station over a period of more than 50 years were removed. The strength and clarity of the original design by Koen van der Gaast (1923-1993) were completely restored. The spectacular roof construction was retained entirely intact.

lucas van der wee | cepezed

sleek and abstract  

Part of the renovation of Tilburg station is a new train platform. A sleek roof was chosen for this design, in order to distract as little as possible from the iconic and monumental roof of the station. The design has minimal obstacles on the platform, so that there is maximum space for the traveler. All installations are neatly concealed in the ceiling construction, which is easily accessible for maintenance and cleaning. A central strip in the roof provides natural daylight on the platform.

Space for bike and bus  

Motor traffic and the parking spaces outside were reduced. For on both sides of the train tracks, large cycle parks were created, which fit in seamlessly with the new, more spacious urban design setting.

A new, zero-on-the-meter bus station was also created. Passengers can wait for their bus here under cover and in green surroundings. The many trees and plants also considerably increase the incentive to linger in the other public space around the station.

lucas van der wee | cepezed


  • client: gemeente tilburg
  • urban design: atelier quadrat
  • stability: antea group
  • building services, building physics & sustainability: antea group
  • main contractor: besix
  • façades: lieftink, znr

awards & nominations

  • roof of the year | 2019