Network Rail has announced the winner of its footbridge design ideas competition.
A joint venture between Gottlieb Paludan Architects, Strasky and Husty & Partners Ltd claimed the win after more than 120 entries from 19 countries were submitted.
Entrants were set the challenge to design fully accessible footbridges that could be used across Britain’s rail network. The competition was looking for ideas that were innovative, challenged presumptions and raised expectations for the quality of future design.
Network Rail head of buildings and architecture Anthony Dewar said: “Footbridges can have a significant positive impact on their local environment and offer wider social and economic benefits.
“As part of Network Rail’s commitment to make the railway more inclusive and fit for today’s needs through good design, the competition winner will be added to our new catalogue of improved station footbridge designs, and we are in discussions to agree how this idea can be fully realised.
“We have been overwhelmed by the response to this competition and would sincerely like to thank all the organisations, design professionals and students who entered.”
Judges said the winning design idea “presented a bridge with a more resolved design aesthetic, which most convincingly addressed the wide range of practical challenges whilst proposing a bold, elegant and uncluttered response that would create an uplifting experience to suit many contexts”.
The judges also decided to highly commended the entry by Hawkins\Brown with WSP.
Evaluation Panel member Kay Hughes added: “The entries for this competition highlight how design can improve people’s day-to-day travel experience, through pragmatic, beautiful and efficient solutions. It also demonstrates the appetite and ability of the design profession to improve national infrastructure.”
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