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Moxon and Grimshaw shortlisted in RIBA rail structures contest

Moxon, Grimshaw and Denmark’s Bystrup are among ten teams shortlisted in a competition for ‘aesthetically pleasing’ gantry structures on Britain’s railways

The finalist designs in the RIBA-run ideas contest will be revealed during an exhibition at the National Railway Museum in York opening on 1 April.

In 2011 finalist Bystrup - a Copenhagen-based practice - won the competition to design the UK’s new generation of electricity pylons, with the first of the T-shaped structures expected to be installed in Somerset.

The full shortlist:

  • Bystrup Architecture, Design and Engineering, Denmark (with two designs shortlisted)
  • COBE, Denmark
  • Grimshaw
  • Gorton, Paul, Scheuvens + ARUP
  • IDOM UK Ltd with Alan Baxter & Associates and SEMI
  • Lariko/Urbanski
  • Moxon Architects
  • PWA
  • Ramboll UK

Each shortlisted team will receive £15,000 to further develop designs ahead of interviews with the competition jury on 6 and 7 May.

The contest – backed by rail industry body FutureRailway in conjunction with HS2 – received 62 entries from 14 different countries.

The four winning designs will be announced at an event in the National Railway Museum on 7 May.

Each winning team will receive £150,000 to develop the designs further by undertaking detailed technical and mathematical modelling and considering the route to market.

The competition invited architects, engineers and designers to consider improvements to overhead structures on the UK rail network, focussing on segments of the proposed HS2 line which impact on ‘natural beauty, conservation areas or residential areas’.








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