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16/07/2020

International competition launched to design railway stations

Words: Laura Edgar
Railway station / Network Rail

Network Rail and RIBA Competitions have launched an international competition to design how Britain’s railway stations will look in the future. 

It will see architects, engineers and designers reimagine small to medium-sized railway stations in Britain, about 80 per cent of all the railways, so they better serve the needs of passengers and local communities. 

Entries are asked to be creative and address the changing character of our society. They should address how future stations can provide value but also the impact on the environment and their sustainability in order to be net zero. Applicants should consider the adaptation of existing stations so they better meet passenger requirements and how new-build stations can accommodate the projected increase in demand for rail services.

Anthony Dewar, head of buildings and architecture at Network Rail, said: “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.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming creative and forward-thinking designs which will help us better serve the communities and passengers who rely on our railway.”

The competition is open internationally to individuals and teams from small and large organisations from the design, built environment and manufacturing industries.

 Rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “Harnessing creativity and ambition through competitions like this will help us carry on that great spirit of design that delivers better journeys for passengers.

“This competition will help build the railway of tomorrow, ensuring we continue to modernise and improve our railway, making it welcoming and accessible for all passengers.” 

The competition closes on 15 September at 14.00 (BST).


The judging panel comprises:

Lucy Musgrave OBE, (founding director of Publica);

Jonathan McDowell (director, Matter Architecture); 

Chris Wise (senior director, Expedition Engineering); 

Dinah Casson CBE (RDI designer);

Victoria Lee (lead programme manager, Design Council);

Paul Beaty-Pownall (managing director, BPR Architects Ltd); 

Sahar Fikouhi (founder, ARki); 

Anthony Dewar (professional head of buildings and architecture, Network Rail); 

Frank Anatole (principal architect, Network Rail); and

Ian Grimes (principal engineer, Network Rail).


More information can be found on the RIBA competitions website.

Image credit | Network Rail

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