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15.07.20

Network Rail competition launched to transform Britain’s future railways

Today (July 14th) Network Rail have announced, in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects, a competition to shape the future of Britain’s railway stations.

The competition presents an opportunity for architects, engineers and designers to help improve the travel experience for the millions of passengers who use Britain’s railway, and leave a lasting legacy on station design.

Creators are being asked to reimagine small to medium-sized stations, which make up 80% of all those on Britain’s railway, so they can better serve the needs of both passengers and their local communities.

The competition is looking for inspiring entrants which kindle creativity and address the changing character of our society.

Entrants are encouraged to think about how future stations can be sustainable and deliver outstanding value, whilst considering the impact on the environment to attain net zero emissions to leave a positive legacy for future generations.

Head of Buildings and Architecture at Network Rail, Anthony Dewar, 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."

Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “For two centuries the UK has been at the cutting edge of rail innovation, and our forefathers enticed our towns and cities with some of the most iconic and beautiful stations in the world.

"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.”

You can find further details regarding the competition here.

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