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Interchange design

Our architectural solutions are helping to re-invent transport hubs for the 21st century.


Arup’s architectural solutions for transport emerge from incisive analysis. So our interchanges not only function smoothly for transport operators and passengers, but they also influence better journeys and greater development opportunities at destinations.

We do this by bringing architects together with urban planners, engineers and experts in interchange design, transport integration, financeoperations and security, as soon as transport concepts first take shape.

Joined-up design

We draw insight from Arup’s considerable global experience in infrastructure, railaviation and transport planning for all transport modes. That understanding informs design that balances aesthetics, commercial potential, functionality and passenger experience, always tailored to context.

We bring the same integrated, analytical approach to each project, whether creating an adaptable but striking terminal for Hefei Airport, China, or user-friendly spaces at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Station, which was designed for the FIFA 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa.

For Cityringen, Copenhagen’s new metro line, Arup’s architectural, lighting, façadematerials and acoustics specialists are collaborating to realise the client’s vision for spectacular stations that provide memorable and positive travel experiences.

Re-imagining destinations

Expanding populations and pressures on energy, environments and economies are driving change in long-distance travel and urban transit worldwide. As we design transport hubs to meet new demands, we also see new opportunities for development and commerce within and around interchanges.

High Speed 1 created a fast, efficient and convenient alternative to air travel between Paris and London. We met the challenge of accommodating longer platforms for international high-speed services, passport control and ticket halls alongside national and commuter services at London’s King’s Cross St Pancras.

But we also went one step beyond to cater for international travellers transferring from air to rail travel. With sensitive and unexpected interventions in and around the station’s heritage buildings, we matched passenger expectations formed by airport experiences and created a commercial space that is now a retail and dining destination in its own right.

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Lesek Drobolovski
  • Leszek Dobrovolsky

    Leszek Dobrovolsky

    Lesek Drobolovski

    Your best solution to date?

    Designing integrated Interchanges for a range of applications; exploring development opportunities around interchanges:- from some of the largest stations in the world, for instance at Stratford International Station, a key part of the 2012 London Olympics delivery to the smallest element of product design, such as bus-stops in disadvantaged Southern African communities.

    Why is it significant?

    The design of integrated interchanges enables employment and development opportunities at the node and the surrounding context.

    Your particular skill?

    Enabling clients to realise and maximise the latent potential of transport environments.

    Enthusiasm?

    The planning, design and Architectural solutions for integrated interchanges, internationally.

    Why Arup?

    Global reach to support and evolve worthy initiatives, alongside significant high-end commercial delivery.

  • Global Interchange Design Leader

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High Speed 1. Credit Daniel Clements.

Project: High Speed 1

High Speed 1 puts London and Paris in the 'two-hour club' of major cities.

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Kings Cross Station, artist's impression. Image credit Phil Adams.

Project: King's Cross Station

New concourse and stunning diagrid roof.

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Campaign: How can we improve the navigation of future buildings?

Testing wayfinding in real-time synthetic environments.

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