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News Release - Issued by the National Railway Museum

Display of Designs Destined for HS2

With the recent debate around whether the HS2 project should be brought six years forward, the National Railway Museum is announcing that in two weeks time visitors to the museum can come and see designs that may be used on Britain’s new high-speed HS2 link

The rail industry’s FutureRailway, in conjunction with HS2 Ltd and the RIBA, invited architects, engineers and designers to submit new, aesthetically pleasing designs for the gantry and cantilever structures on the UK rail network.

The York museum is hosting an exhibition opening on 1 April revealing the 10 shortlisted designs in a worldwide competition to find attractive overhead line structures to be used in the project. Also on display will be fascinating scale models. The successful entries will also be shown on the competition website from 1 April 2014.

62 entries were received from 14 different countries and up to four fascinating designs will be selected from the shortlist below to be developed further.

Bystrup Architecture, Design and Engineering, Denmark (with two designs shortlisted)

COBE, Denmark


Gorton, Paul, Scheuvens + ARUP

IDOM UK Ltd with Alan Baxter & Associates and SEMI


Moxon Architects


Ramboll UK

Director of the National Railway Museum Paul Kirkman said:

“The National Railway Museum tells the story of the railways right up to the present day and the HS2 project is one of the most ambitious railway projects in modern times. It’s incredibly exciting to be the first place that people can see aesthetically-pleasing designs that might be used on Britain’s first high speed link.

There is nowhere with a stronger rail focus than in York, both historical and present day - this is clearly demonstrated with the current bid for the HS2 college to come to York .”

Interviews will be held with the ten teams on the 6 & 7 May with up to four designs then selected and the names revealed at a press event to be held at the National Railway Museum on the evening of the 7 May 2014.

Up to £150,000 per design will be available to develop the selected designs further by undertaking detailed technical and mathematical modelling and considering the route to market.

Aesthetic Overhead Structures runs 1 April -12 May. For more information visit


For media enquiries contact

Catherine Farrell, Senior Press Officer, National Railway Museum 01904686281/

Available image - Colne Valley viaduct which is one of the areas which will require a more aesthetically pleasing design in the future

Notes to Editors:

RIBA Competitions delivers variety, inspiration and value through expertly run competitive selection processes. For further details please visit

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