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Buildings and architecture design guidance

Strategy and policy documents

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This document sets out overarching, what strategic the design principles are as well as, why they matter, what they apply to and how they will benefit the Network Rail estate.
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This document outlines the current strategy of Network Rail’s Technical Building and Architecture team, including vision and delivery tactics.
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This document sets out governing principles and outlines the steps and initiatives the five Network Rail Regions should focus on for CP7 to deliver a ‘Mobility as a Service’ Vision.

Design guidance manuals

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Strategic guidance: Provides advice on assessing the suitability of projects for Design Review, and the procedure for undertaking the reviews with Network Rail’s independent Design Advice Panel.
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Strategic guidance: Provides guidance to those involved in the early design and commissioning of station works, to give a better understanding of the key factors that influence design outcomes.
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Strategic guidance: Provides guidance for undertaking station capacity assessments. Specifies thresholds for the planning and design of passenger areas, considering safety, ‘value for money’ and passenger experience.
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Guidance for parking and mobility planning in and around stations establishing the vision for the future integration and use of emerging mobility technologies and services.
79 MB
Guidance setting out the aspirations and principles for all new public realm and public realm renovations or adaptions near stations.
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Strategic guidance: Provides guidance to the legislative framework which protects Network Rail’s historic estate. It also provides advice as to how best to maintain the estate.
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Station Design guidance: Provides guidance as to design approach for public toilets across Network Rail’s estate.
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This guidance provides advice on facilities which are essential provisions and amenities which are additional and desirable provisions in railway stations.
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Station Design guidance: Provides guidance for all new footbridges and subways. Also offers advice on how existing structures can be adapted, renovated and brought in line with current standards.
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Compliance guidance: Provides guidance on the requirements for the specification of new and updating of existing directional signs within Network Rail managed stations.
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Compliance guidance: Provides guidance for inclusive design, key standards and procedures that Network Rail expect project teams to apply in designing and delivering the built environment of Britain’s railways.
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Operational guidance: Provides guidance for new and existing Maintenance Delivery Units design.
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Operational guidance: Provides guidance on the design of Network Rail workplaces.
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Operational guidance: Provides guidance for signal boxes that are no longer required for railway operations, including retention, demolition and relocation.

Standardised Footbridge Design

Network Rail’s Building and Architecture team has partnered with international and local design firms to develop a series of standardised footbridges that can be used across Britain’s railway to deliver a consistent, high-quality built environment.

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Design in collaboration with Gottlieb Paludan Architects and Strasky, Husty and Partners.
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Designed in collaboration with ARUP and Knight Architects.
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Designed in collaboration with Haskoll and Davies Maguire.
  • Buildings & Architecture Design Hub – Free public link, requiring registration, to the Design and Guidance resources of Technical Authority’s Building & Architecture.
  • ThinkStation Report – Report summarising industry and passenger stakeholder cocreation series to help develop ideas for a future passenger hub.
  • HUB book – A study of standardised railway stations around Britain, commissioned by Network Rail.
  • LINK book – A photographic study of 100 footbridges on the British railway network.

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