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Design Council and Network Rail’s ThinkStation initiative moves to ExploreStation stage. Have your say!

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Between November 2019 and February 2020, Design Council alongside Network Rail ran a national engagement exercise called ‘ThinkStation’. Over the course of the three months, workshops were held at which Design Council spoke to over 300 people (representing a cross-section of the British public) to understand and identify priorities for future railway stations.

The nine key priorities identified informed the design brief for the Re-Imagining Railways Stations international competition in early 2021. Edinburgh-based 7N Architects were announced as the competition winner. Their winning design, addresses the changing needs of passengers and local communities, as well as significantly contributing to Network Rail’s targets for delivering a sustainable railway.

Continuing the conversation started with ThinkStation, Design Council is now partnering with experts in different types of engagement to gather feedback about what the British public – many groups of people with diverse needs – would like to see at their local stations. This is the ‘ExploreStation phase. So whether you are a passenger, railway enthusiast or simply have an interest in communities and the built environment, they want to hear from you!  To find out more about getting involved through upcoming workshops or pop-up events, sign up to receive newsletters.

Update (28.03.2022): ExploreStation has partnered with Digital Urban to bring the new HUB Station design to life, allowing people to experience the detail of the new station designs through virtual reality. The two different immersive experiences (Explore Four and Explore More) are coming to York, Shildon, Manchester, Hereford and Paisley venues during May ’22. More information.

In response to feedback from the planned spring ’22 ExploreStation events, an amended design solution will be unveiled this summer together with a summary of public comments. Once finalised, 7N’s design will act as a framework, providing the regional teams who improve and build stations around the UK with helpful tools and guidance, as well as setting a benchmark for what good rail experiences should look and feel like.

Find out more about ExploreStation.