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Richard Murphy unveils rival Haymarket plans

[FIRST LOOK] Richard Murphy Architects has released these images of a rival proposal to overhaul Edinburgh’s Haymarket station

The architect, who is working on a neighbouring commercial and hotel scheme, thought up the plans as an alternative to the current designs which are being overseen by Halcrow and IDP Architects.

Drawn up as a contribution to a debate within Architecture and Design Scotland - the Scottish design watchdog which has raised concerns about the ‘real’ Network Rail-backed proposals - the project aims to show how the station could work as an ‘interchange with tram, taxis and pedestrian flows.. by looking at the site as a whole rather than just that owned by Network Rail.’

Among the criticisms of the IDP plans (pictured below), Murphy says the proposed station ‘isn’t going to be big enough for predicted passenger throughput….. has little civic ambition and makes no contribution to the Haymarket’.

IDP Architects' proposed overhaul of Edinburgh's Haymarket station

IDP Architects’ proposed overhaul of Edinburgh’s Haymarket station

He added: ‘]Our proposal] is drawn to show politicians how with some ambition the station could make some real contribution to that part of the city. The opportunity to do something significant there  will not come round again for many years.’

The re-development of Haymarket station has been under discussion for many years. Aedas had previously come up with plans for the rail interchange, although those proposals were later dropped.

Brian McArthur, director at Aedas’ Glasgow office said: ‘The earlier Aedas proposal, with its use of colourful contemporary canopies within the conservation environs, using low maintenance ETFE “pillows” not glass, and its focus on getting the flow of the inter-change to operate efficiently, split public opinion.

‘The current scheme by IDP has been condemned as “lacking ambition”. Richard Murphy’s proposal adds further weight to the delicate design equation that is Haymarket transport interchange: operational requirements + historic environs + commercial reality + ambition = successful design.’

Aedas' proposed overhaul of Edinburgh's Haymarket station

Aedas’ proposed overhaul of Edinburgh’s Haymarket station

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