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Union Station contest: LA OK for Grimshaw team

Grimshaw and US practice Gruen has beaten an impressive shortlist of international practices to land the competition to masterplan the redevelopment of Union Station in Los Angeles.

The team saw off finalists: EE&K with UNStudio;  Foster+Partners with IBI Group; Moore Ruble Yudell Architects with Ten Arquitectos and West 8; NBBJ with Ingenhoven Architects; and Renzo Piano Building Workshop with Parsons Transportation Group.

The Grimshaw team, which includes Davis Langdon and Buro Happold, will look at the ‘long-range future of the station and the 16 ha that surrounds it’. The 1939 station was designed by John and Donald Parkinson and bought by contest organiser The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in April 2011.

The masterplan will set out proposals for improved passenger circulation, outline further joint development opportunities, and include an analysis of high speed rail station alternatives.

Metro Board Chair and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said: ‘Union Station is a beloved Los Angeles icon that has played a vital role in our city’s history.

‘Now it is time to get it ready for its future as the centerpiece of our burgeoning regional transit system. Union Station has gone from handling 7,000 riders a day in its heyday during World War II to more than 70,000 today. The future will bring thousands more to its doors.’

The masterplan contract is understood to be worth £2.6million to Grimshaw and the team.

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