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Pascall + Watson among five firms shortlisted for stage two of Network Rail’s station design competition

External view of local station platform

Following on from the Design Council and Network Rail’s ThinkStation workshops held in late 2019 into early 2020, a three-stage competition was launched in the summer. Architects, designers and engineers were invited to: reshape the travel experience of passengers who use Network Rail’s stations with a view to leaving a lasting legacy in station design across Great Britain. Sustainability and value-for-money are integral to the process.

The competition attracted more than 200 entries from competitors in 34 countries. The five winners of the first stage of the competition have now been announced. Congratulations to all finalists, including SDS corporate member Pascall+Watson, Atkins with PRD Ltd (London), Miguel Angel Carrasco Arquitetura (Rio de Janeiro), 7N Architects (Edinburgh) and WORKSHOP Architecture (Toronto).

The five selected practices will now receive £20,000 +VAT each to further develop their proposals in stage two of the competition. Final judging will take place in February 2021, when up to three of the finalists will be chosen to take forward their designs for development, with a services contract worth up to £250,000 (and subject to negotiation).

Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris commented: “It’s fantastic to see … that this challenge has really captured the imagination of designers from right across the globe … Harnessing creativity and ambition through competitions like this will ensure the great spirit of design that can be seen in stations right across the country continues.”