In Brief

Competition announced to shape the future of British train stations


16 July 2020

Network Rail and RIBA Competitions have launched an international competition to shape Britain's railway stations.

The competition invites architects, engineer and designers to reimagine small-to-medium-sized stations, which make up 80 per cent of stations on Britain’s railways, to ensure they work better for their users.

“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,” says the competition statement.

There are more than 2,000 small-to-medium-sized stations in Britain, which vary greatly in terms of design quality and the amenities they offer. The intention of the competition is to improve the overall quality of stations, with proposals able to range from adaptations of existing stations to complete rebuilds.

The competition is open internationally to individuals and teams from both small and large organisations from the design, built environment and manufacturing industries. The judging panel is made up of Lucy Musgrave, founding director of Publica; Jonathan McDowell, director of Matter Architecture; Chris Wise, senior director of Expedition Engineering; Dinah Casson, co-founder of Casson Mann; Victoria Lee, lead programme manager at the Design Council; Paul Beaty-Pownall, managing director of BPR Architects; Sahar Fikouhi, founder of ARki; Anthony Dewar, professional head of buildings and architecture at Network Rail; Frank Anatole, principal architect at Network Rail; and Ian Grimes, principal engineer at Network Rail.

“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,” says Anthony Denwar, head of buildings and architecture at Network Rail.

The deadline for online registration of interest is 11 September 2020, with submissions due on 15 September.