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Network Rail invited proposals that will challenge and re-imagine what a ‘station’ could become in the 21st century to serve and support local communities across Great Britain.
7N Architects’ winning design, HUB Station, aims to enhance the significance that stations have within local communities, by making them a framework and gathering place for community activities, signified by a clocktower as a local landmark. HUB Stations are created from a catalogue of simple, adaptable, and scalable kit of parts that can be tailored to the locality of each station, whilst maintaining a consistent national identity. The modular approach should improve quality, facilitate construction, and minimise maintenance cost in an sustainable way.
Key innovations include:
The project provides a much-needed new direction for the development of railway stations in a sustainable and environmentally concsious manner. The UK rail network reaches 2500 locations and 85% of them are small to medium sized stations. There is an increasing demand for more small stations, as well as for the enhancement or replacement of dilapidated existing stations.
Previous attempts at providing design guidance have not stood the test of time, and often result in building assets that are expensive to maintain and do not provide the essential customer needs in an environmentally sensitive manner. This new guidance establishes a much needed alternative approach and baseline provision for meeting the demands of a 21st century railway.