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Competition to shape Britain’s future railway stations

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Competition to shape Britain’s future railway stations

NR-©-Luke-ODonovanlowre.jpg Competition to shape Britain’s future railway stations

The competition encourages entries that stimulate creativity and address the changing character of our society.
In developing proposals, entrants are encouraged to consider how future stations can be sustainable and deliver outstanding value, whilst considering the impact on the environment to achieve net-zero emissions to leave a positive legacy for future generations.

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 that 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 modernize and improve our railway, making it welcoming and accessible for all passengers.”

Across Britain, there are more than 2,000 small-to-medium stations that vary greatly in terms of design quality and amenities. By improving the overall quality of stations, they can better serve their communities, whilst accommodating potential enhancements to the existing and future passenger experience through good design. Designs should be considered for the adaption of existing stations to better meet passenger requirements, or new-build stations to accommodate the projected increase in demand for rail travel.
The competition is open internationally to individuals and teams from both small and large organizations from the design, built environment, and manufacturing industries.

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 program 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)
Ian Grimes (principal engineer, Network Rail).

The closing date for submission of design proposals is 14.00hrs (BST) on Tuesday 15 September 2020.

Short Description

Network Rail and RIBA Competitions have launched an international competition to shape the future of Britain’s railway stations. The competition will provide architects, engineers, and designers the chance to improve the travel experience for the millions of passengers who use Britain’s railway and leave a lasting legacy on station design.



Link to Competition

Link to Registration form


The competition will be organised in three phases, with the first phase involving the anonymous submission of design proposals. Up to six entrants will be invited to phase two each receiving an honoraria of £20,000 +VAT. In the final phase, up to three entrants will be invited to enter into a services contract to develop their design solutions further with a contract sum of up to £250,000 awarded to each (subject to negotiation).

Type of Competition

Open to the public/Minimum requirements (Open to anyone that complies with the requirements), More than one stage (Winners selected after at least two selection phases)

Who can Participate

Open to professional architects, engineers, and designers

Dates and Time Frame

Registration Opens July 14, 2020
Registration Closes September 11, 2020
Deadline to Submit Project September 15, 2020
Winners announcement Date



Location of Competition

London, United Kingdom

Location of Project (if developed)

London, United Kingdom

Additional Information

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