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Stars vie for £18m Leicester railway museum

Andrew Cadey
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Carmody Groarke, Grimshaw and WilkinsonEyre are among six leading architects shortlisted for a new £18 million Main Line Museum in Leicester

BDP, Farrells, and Hawkins\Brown complete the shortlist of well-known firms chosen to participate in the prestigious competition, organised by Leicester City Council.

Set to complete in 2021, the project will create a new landmark exhibition space and headquarters for the Great Central Railway (GCR), which operates steam trains between Loughborough and Leicester.

Supported by the National Railway Museum in York, the new 5,105m² facility will be constructed next to the heritage railway’s existing Leicester North terminus.

It will feature a range of historic locomotives including a power car and trailer unit from the prototype Advanced Passenger Train, a forerunner to Inter-City trains.

New offices, a café, retail facilities, and education spaces will also be required plus, potentially, a loop or turntable for repositioning trains.

Founded in 1969, GCR operates a 13.28km stretch of double track which was shut down following the Beeching review. Andy Munro was recently appointed GCR chief executive after stepping down from his role as RIBA chief operating officer one year ago.

Each of the finalists’ proposals will feature in a public exhibition inside the Platform Café at Greenacres next to the contest site on Wednesday (5 October).

A winning team will be selected by the judging panel and announced on Thursday.

The full shortlist

Carmody Groarke




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