Success at Oxford Station

Allies and Morrison has been selected as one of three winners in the competition to imagine a new train station for Oxford. Organised by RIBA competitions, the ideas contest invited six award-winning practices to create visions for a new station and surrounding public realm. The jury commended the entry for ‘its simplicity of approach and very attractive main station building’. The competition is a joint initiative of Network Rail, Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council.

The seventh most visited city in the UK by international visitors, Oxford is an important gateway. Its railway station and the surrounding public realm are an opportunity to show a generous welcome; and for local users, it is a place that must be practical, efficient and easy to use. In response, our design imagines a new station that looks and feels beautiful, where everything is in the right place.

Working with engineers Waterman, our proposal consists of three, parallel, vaulted roofs that are aligned across a new over-platform bridge. They provide views out towards the city eastwards and west towards the country. The central roof houses a main concourse; the northern roof, areas for ticketing and platform transfers; and the southern, retail. All three are composed as vaulted spaces, creating a singular strong, three-bay portal that firmly announces the presence of the station while commanding a new public square.

View our submission here on The Architects’ Journal website.