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Revealed: 10 shortlisted designs for HS2’s overhead line structures

The AJ can reveal images of the shortlisted proposals in the RIBA-run competition for new overhead line structures for the High Speed 2 (HS2) route

Concepts by Moxon, Grimshaw, Gorton Paul Scheuvens, IDOM with Alan Baxter & Associates, PWA Architects, Ramboll, Lariko/Urbanski and Danish practices COBE and Bystrup – which has two designs in the final 10 – were chosen ahead of more than 60 schemes at the beginning of March. 

The international competition called for ‘new, aesthetically pleasing designs for the gantry and cantilever structures on the UK rail network which could play a part in the way Britain’s railway implement future electrification schemes’.

The shortlisted teams will each receive £15,000 to further develop designs ahead of interviews with the competition jury on 6 and 7 May. Following the interviews, four teams will be selected to take the designs forward. 

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 with Mott Macdonald
  • PWA
  • Ramboll UK

The winning scheme will be judged by Martin Knight of Knight Architects, architecture critic Jonathan Glancey, director of EIT David Clarke, HS2’s Mark Howard, Davies Maguire + Whitby structural engineer Mark Whitby, The Rail Engineer magazine’s Graeme Taylor and Paul Weston from the National Railway Museum. 

The designs are currently on display at the National Railway Museum in York.

Previous story (AJ 11.3.14)

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 with Mott Macdonald
  • 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’.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Curves and the countryside go together so well, don't you think?

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  • Perhaps by the time that HS2 is completed our friends the electrical engineers will have worked out how to pick up power from the two rails - like toy trains - by induction or whatever, thereby avoiding the need for posts and wires.

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