Feedback sought for National Railway Museum designs

18 February 2020
  • Malcolm Reading




United Kingdom

Five finalists submit concepts for public appraisal in York

Feedback is being sought for the concepts submitted by the five finalists in the design contest for a new central hall at the National Railway Museum in York. The museum is poised to become the cultural anchor for York Central, one of the largest city centre brownfield regeneration projects in the UK. As part of the regeneration, the re-routing of a major road currently bisecting the site has led to an opportunity to revitalise the institution, with the new hall forming a key part of its transformation.

The first stage of the competition attracted 76 entries from 19 countries. From these submissions, five teams were shortlisted in November 2019 and asked to create design concepts. These proposals are available to view at the National Railway Museum until 29th March. Members of the public are invited to share their views on the designs until 23rd February.

The shortlisted teams are :
6a architects (UK) and OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen (Belgium)
Atelier d’Architecture Philippe Prost (France)
Carmody Groarke (UK)
Feilden Fowles (UK)
heneghan peng architects (Ireland)

The £16.5m centrepiece building will combine a new entrance experience with a 1,000 sq m gallery and public-facing spaces for orientation and reception. The brief asked designers to create a confident national museum aesthetic, rather than echoing station architecture, while using warm, natural materials to reference the existing site and its historic buildings.

Shortlisted architects were also asked to propose enhancements to some of the other buildings on site. Depending on the post-competition concept design, a proportion of these works may be delivered by the appointed team. 

The new hall is planned to open in 2025 as part of the museum’s 50th anniversary.

Lucy Nordberg
TenderStream Head of Research

This competition was first published by TenderStream on 11.09.2019 here

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