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Grimshaw appointed to revamp of Edinburgh’s Waverley Station

Edinburgh's Waverley Station

Grimshaw has been appointed to a major project to ‘shape the long-term future’ of Edinburgh’s Waverley Station - the practice’s first major commission in Scotland 

The firm will work with local outfit Allan Murray Architects as part of an Arup-led team to masterplan the overhaul of Scotland’s second busiest station, which welcomes 20 million passengers a year.

According to Network Rail, Waverley’s footfall has more than doubled from 10 million to over 24 million in the last 10 years with figures expected to hit 40 million by 2024.

The rail company, in partnership with Edinburgh City Council, will lead a group examining how best to respond to the expected growth and the impact of wider city-centre developments on its expansion.

Keith Brewis, managing partner at Grimshaw said: ’This is our first major commission in Scotland, and we have a strong responsibility to create a masterplan which respects the historical legacy of Waverley Station while offering increased rail capacity.

’We see this as an important city-shaping project and the chance to really celebrate Edinburgh’s status as a world-class capital, with a unique character worthy of the finest architectural response.’

Alex Hynes, managing director of the ScotRail Alliance, which includes Network Rail Scotland, said: ‘Such a steep increase [in footfall] is a positive indicator of the railway’s economic influence on the city and a clear sign that further investment will be required.  

‘We are creating additional rail provision within Waverley at present and will continue to seek new ways to create the best railway that Scotland has ever had. However, more trains mean more people and that inevitably adds to the pressure on station infrastructure and the surrounding streets.

’The Waverley masterplan will help us to co-ordinate our approach and to tackle some of the issues that an increasingly busy Waverley Station raises.’

Transport specialist Grimshaw is behind designs for the third runway at Heathrow Airport and the recent transformation of London Bridge. In March, the practice was appointed to design a £1 billion terminal for Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, USA.

Edinburgh-based Allan Murray Architects has masterplanned the New Waverley scheme, a £200 million project for developer Artisan linking the train station with the city’s historic Royal Mile.

Network Rail said the team was aiming to publish a set of recommendations by mid-2019 which will establish a vision for the future of the station.


Readers' comments (4)

  • Presumably the new masterplan will have to incorporate all the apparently unmasterplanned improvements to Waverley over the last few years.

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  • Phil Parker

    Was this a competition or other type of bid? Just curious to know how we can be sure it’s the best design for the station ?

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  • London Bridge all about connections below the tracks this will be over the tracks in a world heritage site. Lovely challenge.

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  • Industry Professional

    A usable landscaped roof over the platforms would transform the station and surrounding connections between the old and new town.

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