International design competition to reimagine UK railway stations

Published: 23 July 2020 - 11:44 a.m.
By: Jane O'Neill
Architects, engineers and designers have the chance to get on board with improving the travel experience for the millions of passengers who use Britain’s railway.

Network Rail and RIBA Competitions are asking creatives worldwide to reimagine small to medium-sized British stations – which make up 80 per cent of the country's railway network – to meet the needs of travellers and their local communities.

The international competition is open to architects, engineers and designers with a deadline of September 15th. Up to three finalists will then be invited to enter into a contract with Network Rail and potentially leave a legacy on the country's travel network.

Anthony Dewar, head of buildings and architecture at Network Rail, says: “Fostering creativity and developing an outward-looking, collaborative culture is a key priority for Network Rail, so I’m delighted we are hosting this competition, which gives designers a unique opportunity to leave a lasting legacy on our railway and improve the journeys of millions of passengers through quality design.

"Our ambition is to raise the quality of design across the whole rail network as well as responding to the evolving role of infrastructure within communities."

London's famous Victoria King Cross station underwent a massive redesign, with new entrances, more space and better facilities.

Work started in 2007, the stunning new Western Concourse opened in 2012, and the original Victorian entrance was restored and opened in 2013.

Architect Lewis Cubitt originally created the station, which opened with two platforms in 1852.

Its roof, the largest at the time, was supposedly modelled on the riding school of the Czars of Moscow.

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