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Network Rail Footbridge Designs Exhibition

15 April - 28 April
Organized by: Network Rail
Venue: , London Waterloo Station
Waterloo Station
Waterloo Road

For the first time in a generation, Network Rail have produced a public architectural exhibition, which will now be open to all at London Waterloo station from 15th-28th April 2019.


The exhibition, which has also been on display at the RIBA, features shortlisted entries from a competition for a new station footbridge design, alongside a retrospective study carried out by architectural photographer Luke O'Donovan and architectural historian David Lawrence, which documents the design evolution of footbridges across Great Britain since the very first railways.


Last year, Network Rail and RIBA Competitions sought design ideas for fully accessible footbridges that could be used across Britain’s rail network. The competition looked for innovative concepts that challenged presumptions and raised the bar of future design.

More than 120 entries were received from 19 countries and the panel chose Gottlieb Paludan Architects with Strasky, Husty and Partners Ltd as the overall winner. They proposed a bold, elegant and uncluttered response that would create an uplifting experience to suit many contexts. Hawkins\Brown’s entry with WSP – a modular kit of parts – was highly commended.


Luke O'Donovan and David Lawrence's study has been printed as a limited edition and is available to view for free online at bit.ly/footbridges