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Designer sought to overhaul 'trainspotting Mecca' Crewe Station

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A competition has been launched to find an architect to overhaul Crewe Station - one of the most famous railway junctions in the world.

The trainspotters' Mecca is to be given a much-needed £38 million revamp as part of the ambitious Crewe Rail Gateway regeneration project.

The refurbishment and redevelopment of the historic station has previously been looked at by both Austin Smith:Lord and BDP, the latter having drawn up a number of early feasibility options.

The winning practice will be asked to take on these initial ideas and develop its own designs to form the basis of an outline planning application and then, potentially, move the project through to the detailed design stages.

Backed by Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council and Cheshire County Council, it is hoped the scheme will create a 'landmark, modern' station building, improve the existing bus interchange, open up new pedestrian routes and deliver a 1,100-space car park on the neighbouring Royal Mail site.

The existing, 12-platform station boasts a number of railway 'firsts', including the earliest on-site railway hotel, built in 1838.

For more information visit www.ted.europa.eu (reference 2007/S 93-114520).

by Richard Waite

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