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ThinkStation initiative informs the July launched Network Rail/RIBA ‘re-imagining railway stations: connecting communities’ competition

RIBA/Network Rail 'Re-imagining Railway Stations' competition

Some of you may have had the opportunity to participate in one or more of the ‘ThinkStation’ series of 11 engagement workshops run by the Design Council in collaboration with Network Rail, across the UK, in autumn/winter 2020/21. These workshops were based around and underpinned by Network Rail’s Principles of Good Design. Out of these, the ThinkStation summary report was published in June.

There are 2000 local stations in Great Britain which make up around 80% of Network Rail’s station ownership. The Report puts forward nine priorities to guide their future design, development, and procurement. Additionally, recommendations are made for next steps for using this learning and wider strategic advice for Network Rail and the rail industry.

The ThinkStation report informs the brief and judging for Network Rail‘s and RIBA‘s recently launched international design competition for small and medium stations across Great Britain. Titled ‘Re-imagining railways stations: connecting communities‘, the submission deadline for design entries is Tuesday, 15 September 2020. See the competition brief for more details.

“This report envisions stations that value communities, connectivity and stronger placemaking and we want to make that happen through the competition and across our portfolio,” commented Anthony Dewar, Professional Head of Buildings and Architecture, Network Rail.

A follow-up series of ThinkStation events is also planned, so keep an eye out for more information about these workshops over the coming months.