Accoya shutters meet low maintenance requirements for a renovation of French train station

As part of the major renovation project of the Angouleme station, 4 metre sunshades were installed on the ground floor windows. Accoya solid wood was chosen for the shading, due to the excellent durability.

Construction began in 2016 and was completed mid-2018. The entire train station building has been redeveloped, aimed at welcoming visitors to the Angoulême station: main hall, offices and public spaces, on the ground floor.

The lead architect for the SNCF, AREP project had specified the use of Accoya wood because the shutters being installed very high on the fixed part of the doors and windows. The desire was to use a stable material with sustainable credentials that would require minimal maintenance over its lifespan due to the hard to reach nature of the building.  Ms. Salvado the architect responsible for monitoring the construction site in Angoulême commented “The first louvres were installed a year ago now, and are still impressive. The Accoya wood, now weathered remain stable and still easy to open and close”.

Vincent Grégoire, Head of the station yard for the woodworking company Grégoire, adds: “With wood outside, we always have that maintenance concern, especially without protective coatings. That’s the reason why we have used Accoya wood, as we don’t need to worry about its performance.”

Recognised for its Class 1 durability outdoors, Accoya wood, unlike other species, has exceptional durability and stability. Laboratory tests have shown that Accoya wood has a much greater dimensional stability than other species.

Fabrice Piaud, of distributor Compagnie Forestière de l’Atlantique, a subsidiary of the Peltier group, explains: “In general, wood swells during the winter due to humidity, while shrink under the effect of heat in the summer. The wood will move. For these shutters, other wood species it would have been necessary to add an intermediate support, to avoid its deformation. With Accoya wood, you can afford to do things you could not imagine before.”

Le bois Accoya choisi la fabrication de persiennes élégantes à la gare SNCF d’Angoulême
Le bois Accoya choisi la fabrication de persiennes élégantes à la gare SNCF d’Angoulême
Le bois Accoya choisi la fabrication de persiennes élégantes à la gare SNCF d’Angoulême