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Radical new entrance for Waverley Station revealed

Jefferson Sheard Architects has unveiled this dramatic new design for the famous 'Waverley Steps' entrance to Edinburgh's main rail station.

An exhibition of the £6.7 million designs were opened at the station last Thursday by the Scottish Transport Minister, Nicol Stephen, who described them as 'the first step towards a bigger, better rail network for all of Scotland'.

The client is Network Rail on behalf of the Scottish Executive and the design team includes Arup and Turner & Townsend.

The project focuses on access-friendly vertical circulation - lifts and escalators transport passengers between the station and a 'new front door' on Princes Street.

Jefferson Sheard's Tom Rhys Jones said he was 'delighted that the practice's new Edinburgh office has secured such a prestigious commission'.

The project will start on site in January 2006.

by Ed Dorrell

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