Network Rail appoints Arup and Knight Architects for next generation footbridge design

Brad Ryan, Senior PR Coordinator Brad Ryan UKIMEA Press Office,London
2 October 2018

Arup and infrastructure specialists Knight Architects have been appointed by Network Rail to design a generic station footbridge.

The commission follows a competitive tender process involving a workshop with Network Rail. Arup and Knight Architects were chosen from the Network Rail Multi-Functional Design Framework.

Led from the Arup London office, the team will focus on creating a bridge design that is adaptable, enduring and high-quality. Design services will include structural engineering and architecture, led by Knight Architects.

Footbridge in construction Footbridge in construction
Previous Arup-Knight Architects collaboration – Stratford City, Bridge 1 during installation

We can’t wait to start work on this commission. Our focus will be on delivering a bridge that is functional, lasting and simple to construct in different locations. Although generic, the bridge will be specifically designed to respond and adapt to wherever it is placed across the UK rail network. It is great to be building on our history of successful partnerships with Knight Architects and Network Rail with another exciting project. ”

Gemma James - Senior Engineer Gemma James Senior Engineer

Network Rail anticipate that a significant number of new footbridges will be constructed between 2019 and 2024. This project is one of several design commissions by Network Rail, with the purpose of generating a number of high-quality footbridge designs to give them a number of solutions across the UK’s network.

As well as the generic footbridge, the Arup-Knight Architects team is already developing a bespoke solution for a Network Rail level-crossing replacement footbridge in an environmentally sensitive location on the south coast.

"We’re delighted to be part of this collaboration, and are excited to see the completed designs, as we progress our ambition to re-elevate the value of good design across our network and develop a new catalogue of footbridge types to replace our current standard design."   

Anthony Dewar, Head of Buildings and Architecture, Network Rail