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Gibb launches new-look rail design practice

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A former principal architect at Network SouthEast and head of architecture and design for InterCity, Ian Hurst, has re-emerged to head the Architecture and Design Group, the company owned by engineer Gibb and latterly known as Nick Derbyshire Design Associates.

The former project director for English Heritage will provide a 'heritage bonding' between transport and built environment. He will lead a team of 10 in London, designing environments dealing with interchange and the movement of people.'My aim is to deliver a holistic solution for clients, ' he said. 'We want to have a wider vision of what transport is.'

The practice is working on station projects for GNER, Croydon Tramlink, and Railtrack's station regeneration programme, and is also involved internationally in Rome metro and a rail development study in Hong Kong.

But Nick Derbyshire said the firm was 'rewriting history' in its publicity material, claiming reponsibility for projects such as Ashford International Terminal and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Terminus when only one technician who worked on them under him at BR now remains at the newlook ADG. 'And for them to claim that the British Rail Architecture and Design group joined Gibb in 1995 is simply nonsense, ' said Derbyshire. 'It was closed and we were all made redundant.'

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