Railways make up a critical part of the way we travel today, as they have done since the 1840’s. But just like the rest of the world, they are constantly changing to suit our new ways of life.
The aim of this competition is to find out what you (as a member of Gen Z) want to see in a railway station of the future:
What will it look like?
What do you want to be doing as you wait for the train?
What more modern appliances will need to be added?
What things will we no longer need?
What will be the role of the staff who work at the station?
What kind of atmosphere / environment do you want to see around the station?
What will the role of the station be in the larger context of a community?
“Design visions should challenge preconceptions”
Consider the opportunities that arise from its unique link between the railway network and the local community. Moving to and from the final destination via buses, cycles, car parks, streets, shops, parks and playgrounds all form part of our passengers’ experience. Imaginative solutions that make this an enjoyable and stress-free experience have the potential to significantly enhance the social value of our stations.
As you develop your designs, please keep in mind our key aim to keep climate friendly which is extremely important to us as we want to demonstrate a positive contribution to the climate emergency.
Also keep in mind what issues railway stations have to solve- for example, how facilities may include shelter from the elements, places to rest, means to purchase tickets, travel information, access to digital communication networks, toilet provision, staff administrative and technical areas, and the potential for small commercial or catering facilities that improve the traveler’s experience, as well as accessibility to all. Proposals should demonstrate how they can be flexible to suit varying local requirements and adaptable to accommodate changes over time.
Most importantly the space should be one of delight! To provide an enjoyable and uplifting experience for all in a welcoming space.
The original outline for the competition: