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Network Rail appoints Arup to design footbridge


Network Rail has appointed consultants Arup and Knight Architects to design a generic station footbridge to be rolled out across the country.

The project marks the latest in a series of design commissions led by Network Rail as they seek to generate more footbridge designs in the belief that a significant number of new footbridges will be constructed between 2019 and 2024.

Both Arup and Knight Architects were selected from the Network Rail Multi-Functional Design Framework.

The assembled team will be led from the Arup London office as it seeks to create an adaptable and enduring bridge design.

Arup senior civil structures and bridges engineer Gemma James said: “We cannot wait to start work on this commission. Our focus will be on delivering a bridge that is functional, lasting and simple to construct in different locations.

“Although generic, the bridge will be specifically designed to respond and adapt to wherever it is placed across the UK rail network.”

Network Rail head of business and architecture Anthony Dewar added: “We are delighted to be part of this collaboration, and are excited to see the completed designs, as we progress our ambition to re-elevate the value of good design across our network and develop a new catalogue of footbridge types to replace our current standard design.”

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